Waze: “Help[ing] people create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone’s daily driving”

The mission statement of Waze, founded in Israel in 2009, is to “help people create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone's daily driving”. By updating maps in real time with crowdsourced information from drivers, Waze provides its users with “the best route, every day, with real-time help from other drivers”.

Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia

With over 40M articles and 15 billion page views, Wikipedia is the fifth-most popular website in the world. With an editorial community of 75,000, Wikipedia has maintained a hierarchical structure to ensure the quality of content. Managed by a non-profit organization and providing content to its readers for free, how is Wikipedia sustaining itself?

Quora – Capturing the World’s Knowledge

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About Quora Quora is a question and answer site, where anyone can sign up for an account and start posting questions or responding to questions posted on the site. The company’s mission is to “share and grow the world’s knowledge.” It […]

Finding the Next Unicorn with Product Hunt

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Product Hunt is an upvote-based site, similar to Reddit, where community members submit and vote for their favorite new or unknown products, primarily focused on the tech app space.  The list is recreated each day, generating a live-stream of the most […]

Is Nextdoor the next big social network?

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At $1bn valuation, reaching 1/3 of U.S. communities, private social network Nextdoor has come a long a way. The company’s targeted, private approach has enabled it to build a tight community of engaged users. The platform has strong network effects and multiple options for monetization. What remains to be seen is whether Nextdoor’s network strengthens or weakens post monetization.