May 10

Is Zynga the Fastest Growing Tech Company of All Time?

So how fast is the Zynga rocket ship moving? Well, in the race to 50M they are trouncing many old favorites.

Zynga's Timeline

According to IPO Dashboards this could make Zynga the fastest growing tech company ever. (The companies were chosen by market cap, so there may be faster growth companies that ended up going away and thus didn't make the list.)

In the data provided the record is held by Novell which took 3 years to get to
66M (adjusted for inflation). It looks like Zynga blew threw that. By
July 2009 they should have been at 50M, so a full year early. Or, at 40M
they would be have twice as much revenue as Novell did in their second year.

Either way, what is interesting is that speed out of the gate doesn't translate into biggest in the end. Microsoft, for instance, was not a rocket ship.

What does all this mean for Zynga? Probably Nothing. But I thought it was pretty cool.

May 10

Track My Life: Fitbit (revisited)

So I got my FitBit about six months ago and promised I'd come back here and give my impressions after real usage. The verdict, I barely carry it anymore. :( 


For the first four or five months I really did keep up with it, then I fell out of the habit during a trip and I just haven't gotten back into it. I still use the weight tracker at least 3 days a week, but I only remembered to recharge my FitBit last week after it being dead for a month.

The issue for me is that their is very little positive reinforcement. I don't have friends to share data with on the site. And once you know what your averages are, well they don't change much. And since I'm not trying to use it to get into better shape, the values really don't mean much to me. I like tracking my weight, but I don't need a pedometer for that.

Might be really cool if it was integrated into a life dashboard or some such, but as it stands I'm sad to say I don't find it nearly as compelling as I'd hoped. Which is too bad, because I was pretty pysched about it.