FG Newsletter #335
Tech company proposes edible drone to solve world hunger
Ashley Carman reporting at The Verge: “The prototype that’s currently in the works will have a wingspan of nine feet and be constructed of various “foodstuff” to drop supplies and then itself into territories in need of aid.” What a great idea.
Shopify has quietly been powering an e-commerce revolution
A great in-depth profile of Shopify from Stephen Baldwin at Fortune: “Revenue in 2016 was $390 million, up almost 100% from 2015; it’s projected to grow 50% this year (it had a $37.2 million operating loss in 2016 but expects to be profitable this year).
Y Combinator announces first vertical focused on AI
Daniel Gross at YC: “In an effort to usher in more innovation with AI, Y Combinator is going to try an experiment in the upcoming batch: a vertical group in YC dedicated to AI companies.”
What we learned about YouTube SEO after analyzing 1.3 million YouTube videos
Fascinating analysis from Brian Dean at Backlinko: “Longer videos significantly outperform shorter videos. The average length of a first page YouTube video is 14 minutes, 50 seconds.”
Designing Facebook for Mobile VR
Lessons from the making of the Facebook 360 app for Gear VR from Gabriel Valdivia, who works in VR Design at Facebook.
Facebook Ads Bidding – 54 Tips, Hacks & Methods to Know
From the team at KlientBoost on getting more from your Facebook bids: “Always change the Facebook’s pre-set manual bid in the custom bidding box. For example, if Facebook first suggests that you bid €2.20 per 1k impressions and the bid range is (€0.60–€1.33), you could bid €1.00 or even €0.61.