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The Economist notes that the pornography industry is going through hard times:

Most of the industry consists of small private production companies whose numbers are secret, but Mark Kernes, an editor at Adult Video News, a trade magazine, estimates

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More from James Mitchell’s presentation last week:

Checks with large online buyers confirm the obvious – that discretionary and some lending-oriented financial verticals remain weak. Also, we do not forecast a speedy recovery of the auto sector, though comments from

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James Mitchell, lead internet analyst for Goldman Sachs, presented to a group of around 100 internet and mobile media company CEOs that Lightspeed pulled together last week.

There is clearly near term gloom. Goldman is projecting internet advertising revenue to …

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Fenwick and West analyzed 128 venture financings completed in q4 2008 for companies headquartered in the bay area and found that there has been a significant increase in the proportion of down rounds, with this trend accelerating:

“During the fourth

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Although Internet Retailer is reporting 20% ecommerce growth among the top 500 etailers in 2008 based on their preliminary survey returns, Comscore notes that there was actually a 3% decline in ecommerce sales in q4 2008. The later statistic …

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Henry Blodget has been saying for some time that online display advertising will be down in 2009.

For a year, we’ve listened to analysts passionately explain how online ad spending will power through any broader economic and advertising weakness.

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Last month I wondered which companies might prosper in an advertising recession:

Companies that buy advertising (rather than selling it) will find that they can now buy advertising more cheaply than previously.

Ecommerce companies, subscription businesses, lead gen businesses

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Earlier this month I wondered which companies might prosper in an advertising recession.

But some companies might do more than survive – they might prosper. Companies that buy advertising (rather than selling it) will find that they can now

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I have previously posted on which online media companies will survive the ad recession. Clearly, all online media companies will feel the advertising recession, but some companies will hold up better than others.

But some companies might do more …

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