27 December

My #LongReads Reading List of 2014: From Chris Rock to Jerry Jones and Silicon Valley to Rio de Janerio

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My #LongReads Reading List of 2014: From Chris Rock to Jerry Jones and Silicon Valley to Rio de Janerio

A Reading List of #LongReads in 2014 — From Chris Rock to Jerry Jones and Silicon Valley to Rio de Janerio Continuing the theme of year-end lists, here is an eclectic and certainly incomplete list of interesting, long reads. From pop culture (Chris Rock, Chevy Chase, Dave Chappelle) to pizza founders (Mike Ilitch and Tom Monaghan) to […]

26 December

Apple’s Best Apps of 2014: Top Free, Paid and Grossing Apps

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Apple’s Best Apps of 2014: Top Free, Paid and Grossing Apps

It’s always interesting and valuable to explore Apple’s Best of 2014: Top Lists. Below are screenshots of the Top Free, Top Grossing and Top Paid iOS Apps. You’ll notice a few things:

24 December

My Favorite Products of 2014: From Applications to Gadgets

My Favorite Products of 2014: From Applications to Gadgets

For the past several years, I have used December to write about my favorite products, digital habits, etc. And here again is my annual list of things I habitually use, love and rely on. There are obviously many, many other great products, apps, tools and gadgets – some fun and others meaningfully important to tech […]

6 December

Alex Schultz’s Fantastic Lecture on Growth

Alex Schultz’s Fantastic Lecture on Growth

YCombinator and Sam Altman have put together a tremendous resource for entrepreneurs, product managers, product marketers, etc… they have made available a series of lectures around YC’s “How to Start a Startup” course and it is truly excellent. Not only are the topics spot on – and relevant to all aspects of founding, building and […]

29 November

Nike Gears Up for Alabama vs. Auburn Iron Bowl on Twitter (Again)

Nike Gears Up for Alabama vs. Auburn Iron Bowl on Twitter (Again)

There was very good response from my earlier post on Nike’s use of Twitter and using it as an example of successful and time-sensitive social commerce. So I thought I would share a couple quick follow up posts related to Nike’s use of Twitter on the heels of a couple great promotions.

About Me

  • I’m Ryan Spoon and now live outside of Bristol, Connecticut – home of ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports. At ESPN, I am SVP of Digital Product. Find us at ESPN.com, on iOS and on Android.

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  • Previously: I was a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners and led Dogpatch Labs. I founded beRecruited.com (acquired in 2007); spent 2003-2007 at eBay (internet marketing, social media & leading Kijiji.com)and ran marketing at Widgetbox.com (now Flite).

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