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Friday Funk: The Facebook/Instagram Edition

This is the song I’m jamming to today while working. It’s old school funkalicious and is the perfect song to end a big week and to usher in a big weekend.

In 1980, the legendary superfreak Rick James sang his hit song Big Time on Soul Train (video below). He was at his peak. The song’s lyrics tell the story of what it was like to be a hot bitch, wanted by everyone in the world, adored, envied, perpetually in demand and how to be smart enough to savor the moment.

For this reason, I dedicate this song (the Friday Funk song) to the founders of Instagram,  Mike Krieger (@MikeyK) and Kevin Systrom (@KEVIN), (this week’s hot bitches, wanted by everyone – the startup that made Facebook its bitch and walked away with one billion – yes, one billion – dollars). The song’s chorus, in particular, should resonate with the dynamic duo (Zuckerberg, this one’s for you too):

“In the big time, big time 
And I know success is all mine, all mine 
In the big time, big time 
Gonna have the best of times

I was born to funk. I was born to funk and roll in the BIG TIME!”
I’m in the big time, gonna have myself fun times!” 

Congratulations Krieger and Systrom and the staff at Instagram.

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China Techies Unleash an Army of Pinterest Clones

You know you’ve arrived when you’re being cloned in China. Pinterest has, of course, arrived — here and in China. Yesterday, Chinese tech company Taobao launched a photo-sharing, social media site that is modeled almost exactly after Pinterest.

The name of the new social network is Wantu (translation: mischievous rabbit). The site can be accessed through Taoboa’s website at:

Hardly the first in the Pinterest-cloning market in China, another tech company named Mogojie also launched a Pinterest clone (they’re actually considered to be the “biggest indie Pinterest clone”).  And two months ago, tech powerhouse Renren launched their own version of Pinterest. To date, China has 18 Pinterest clones.  Here’s a list of 16 Chinese Pinterest clones by accumulated by Idea-Stack

Clearly, China takes its Pinterest-cloning seriously.




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