May 6 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By May 5, 2019 Insight

1. YouTube Now Has 2 Billion Monthly Users

  • up around 5% from its previously reported 1.9 billion monthly logged-in users last summer
  • Watch time of YouTube on TV screens was more than 250 million hours per day
  • YouTube reaches more U.S. consumers 18-49 in an average week than all cable TV networks combined

2. Andreessen Horowitz – Late Stage Venture

  • seed funds becoming an institutional asset class (leading to more pre-seed funds)
  • very large institutional money managers investing billions of dollars into venture (75% of last year’s “venture capital” dollars were invested in $100M+ rounds)
  • companies have been staying private longer than ever, resulting in a smaller number of actual IPOs, and much of the growth happening in the private markets

3. These 3 growth metrics could be distorting your data

  • by mapping out your new users and active users on the same graph, you can identify a problem early and tackle it before you see user rates start to drop
  • look at a number of different data points together, including impressions, (authentic) comments, reshares, and (most importantly!) referral traffic from social media to your website during and after each campaign
  • taking the time to track, analyze, and improve conversion rates pays off more than simply focusing on mass content creation

4. Cloud computing soars to new heights

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) revenue jumped 45% year over year to $7.43 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018
  • Microsoft Azure revenue grew 76%, and Alibaba reported that its cloud unit is nearing $1 billion per quarter
  • Expect the cloud market to top $230 billion, up from just over $100 billion in 2016

5. Bioengineers 3D print complex vascular networks

  • printing thin layers of a liquid, pre-hydrogel solution, which becomes solid when it’s exposed to blue light
  • allowed the scientists to create biocompatible gels with intricate internal architecture similar to the human body’s vascular networks
  • hope this will help make 3D-printed organs a viable option sooner rather than later