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Sean Ryan
San Francisco, CA
Sean is a digital media and virtual goods consultant with 13+ years of experience in gaming, technology and music
Recent Activity
With my new role at News Corp as EVP/GM of Games (here), I'm putting Sharkjumping on hiatus. It's been a good run, but it's time to focus on other things - thanks for everyone's support. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at SharkJumping
Originally Published in Inside Social Games April 15, 2010 Open Social is set of social networking interfaces (API's) created by a group originally led by Google and MySpace, but supported by a coalition of large sites in response to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2010 at SharkJumping
I have my new Apple iPad (NASDAQ: APPL), which is both as sexy/cool as advertised and as utterly flawed as has been described elsewhere - in general, I'd say wait for the next generation, which presumably will fix the gen... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at SharkJumping
GetFugu (OTC: GFGU) is a supposed mobile search technology company I profiled here in February, after which I was immediately set upon by trolls berating me for not understanding the brilliance of the company and its strategy. Now that the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2010 at SharkJumping
I travel to Moscow, Russia every 5-6 weeks for my work with Live Journal, (a leading Russian social media service) and I often get asked about "cool new Internet & Tech companies in Russia". Outside of the obviously recently popular... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2010 at SharkJumping
GetFugu (OTC: GFGU) is a catastrophe of a company brought to you by the same team which gave us the infamous Gizmondo disaster, involving the Swedish mafia and smashed Ferraris which I repeatedly blogged about a few years ago. GetFugu... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at SharkJumping
To Tom's point, just do the math before running around with your head cut off. If offers are 30% of revenue (on high side), and you have to pull down the 20% "bad" offers, AND you can't replace that revenue (unlikely), it's 6% of revenue. bad, but not end of world. However, looking at the changes to the viral FB channel last week, that is BAD....
*** 11/04/09 Update: OfferPal CEO Anu Sukla has been replaced by George Garrick *** So the inevitable "offers are scams" story finally blew on to the scene last week at the Virtual Goods Summit when TechCrunch's Michael Arrington attacked OfferPal's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at SharkJumping
As Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) Kindle book reader continues to drop in price (now only $259) and move into the mainstream, more and more book publishers appear to be using this digital distribution method to deliver free books to the service,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2009 at SharkJumping
I was asked this past week by a few people to elaborate on the comments I made at the Engage conference 2 weeks ago outlining how I see most payment methods occurring across the various companies I work with. So... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2009 at SharkJumping
I'm not really a mobile guy, but I continue to struggle to understand why Google's Android mobile OS is not really just the second coming of mobile Java? It's an open approach to an innovative OS for mobile phones which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2009 at SharkJumping