Hoşgeldin Mekanist!

Things are moving quickly. Very quickly. 

This time we’re writing from Turkey, and are excited to be welcoming Mekanist – one of Turkey’s largest restaurant discovery websites – into Zomato!

We’ve been growing rapidly globally, and Turkey has been at the forefront of this. When we entered Turkey a little over a year ago, we never imagined we’d develop such a strong foodie community and grow so quickly.

Combining with Mekanist is just the right way to ramp up our development in Turkey and provide the best content and service for the market. Zomato will now cover over 50,000 restaurants across Turkey, making us the go-to resource for anyone searching for places to dine out or order from.

Over the coming months, we’ll be integrating the Mekanist website and mobile app content into Zomato’s, and our teams will be working closely to ensure users get the best of both worlds. Additionally, Ali Servet Eyüboğlu (Co-Founder and CEO of Mekanist) will transition to lead the combined teams in Turkey, and our current leadership team in Turkey will move to a more global role in India.

We couldn’t be more excited – the team at Mekanist is just as crazy and takes food just as seriously as we do.

It’s humbling and almost impossible to believe how quickly we’ve been growing over the last few months. No time to dwell – there’s much more to come!

Herşey hızlı gelişiyor. Hem de çok hızlı.

Bu kez size Türkiye’den sesleniyor ve Türkiye’nin en büyük restoran keşif web sitelerinden biri olan Mekanist’e, “Zomato’ya Hoşgeldin” demekten büyük heyecan duyuyoruz.

Global büyümemizi uzun zamandır süratle devam ettiriyoruz. Türkiye de bu büyümenin her zaman ön safhalarında yer aldı. Bir seneden biraz fazla süre önce Türkiye pazarına girerken, bu kadar güçlü bir ‘foodie’ ağı oluşturabileceğimizi ve bu kadar çabuk büyütebileceğimizi hayal bile edemezdik.

Mekanist’le güçlerimizi birleştirmek, Türkiye’deki gelişimimizi hızlandırmanın ve pazardaki en iyi içerik ve hizmeti sunmanın en doğru yolu. Böylece Zomato, Türkiye’de 50,000’den fazla restoran bilgisini listelemiş olacak ve dışarıda yeme-içme mekanı arayan veya eve yemek siparişi vermek isteyen herkesin vazgeçilmez platformu haline gelecek.

Önümüzdeki aylar içinde, Mekanist’in web sitesi ve uygulama içeriğini Zomato’ya entegre ediyor olacağız ve bu süreçte iki ekip yakın temas halinde çalışarak, kullanıcıların iki platformun en iyi yönlerine ulaşmasını sağlıyor olacak. Ayrıca, Ali Servet Eyüboğlu (Mekanist Kurucu Ortağı ve CEO’su), Zomato Türkiye ekibinin başına geçerken, Türkiye’deki liderlik ekibimiz ise, global görevlerde yer almak için Hindistan’a transfer olacak.

Bizim için bundan daha heyecanlı bir şey olamazdı – Mekanist ekibi en az bizim kadar çılgın ve yemek dünyasını en az bizim kadar ciddiye alıyor.

Son birkaç ayda ne kadar hızlı büyüdüğümüze inanmak neredeyse imkansız ve bu bizi her zamankinden de daha alçakgönüllü yapıyor. Fakat bunun çok da üzerinde durmak için vaktimiz yok – daha yapacak çok şey var!


JUST ACQUIRED: Louis Pasteur’s beer brewing notes, letters and poems from Jane Austen’s mom’s family, and a bunch of crazy sea-faring watercolors and such from a 19th-century dude called Wicked Ned.


David E. Marshall (“Wicked Ned”), Right Whale, ca. 1851, watercolor. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

David E. Marshall (“Wicked Ned”), manuscripts and drawings, 1845–1865. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Louis Pasteur (1822–1895), eight pages of notes on the brewing of beer, 1871. These notes, which helped the scientist continue his study of fermentation, would be incorporated into his Études sur la Bière, published six years later in 1876. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Leigh Family Papers, unpublished letters and manuscripts from Jane Austen’s mother’s family, 1686–1823, 1866. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Proper Russian: How Much Grammar Is Enough?

A new post on my personal blog: How much grammar is enough?

Books for language teachers often say “we suggest to skip this grammr topic, because it is too complex, too grammatical or too academical”. It is sad, because as an adult learner, I would prefer to hear comprehensive explanations rather than rules. My teaching experience confirms that students are more likely to memorize a grammar rule and use it consistently when they understand the rule. And explanations could and should be simple, but not oversimplified.

read more here. Your comments are appreciated!

anonymous asked:

So, from youtubers, to games journalists/blogs, the activision/king deal seems to leave them all scratching their heads. But I've learned so much from reading your blog (thanks!), that I wonder what your view is ie what are they missing? Though "the internet" hates microtransactions, you've shown how the actual majority of consumes dispute that claim silently with their wallets. They have the metrics (activision) so I don't see how they would buy if the growth/numbers aren't there. Right?

You’re right. For those who don’t know, Activision-Blizzard is spending a record $5.9 billion to acquire Candy Crush developer and publisher This move seems rather crazy and has left many analysts and fans scratching their heads - especially when most similar acquisitions like Zynga buying OMGPOP (the Draw Something app makers) have proven to be dismal failures. Activision is spending an exorbitant amount of money, but they are buying the one company out there that has more metrics and operational experience in a mostly-uncharted area than anyone else, and they know how valuable that information can be.

Let me put it in perspective. World of Warcraft, another genre behemoth, eclipsed the entire MMORPG scene starting in 2004 and, despite losing more than half of its subscribers from its peak, continues to be the biggest player in the field by an order of magnitude. They have years of operating knowledge of what it takes to support and maintain an enormous user base. Do you think that any other company has the sort of operational experience and knowledge that the World of Warcraft team has amassed? Who else really understands what it takes to build a back end that can stand up to huge numbers of players, or the sort of load-balancing issues it takes to keep their servers up and running? What about knowledge about the timing of content releases, player behavior patterns, or even technology infrastructure at scale? All of that is uncharted waters for many game developers. Where most developers would have to theorize, Blizzard has actual operational experience. That experience is invaluable, because it means that they know what sort of problems can appear. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Being able to prepare for pitfalls in advance is much more valuable than scrambling to fix it.

So, given what they know about the value of what Blizzard has learned over twelve years of developing and maintaining World of Warcraft, just consider for a moment what has that no-one else has. Candy Crush has infiltrated roughly 500 million Facebook accounts and mobile devices. It earned over $1 billion in both 2013 and 2014. It is, without a doubt, the biggest mobile and social game on earth. They have more operating knowledge and experience with the free to play and microtransaction app/social gaming model than probably anyone else on the planet. That knowledge and experience has a lot of value.

Sure, it still might be a huge mistake. The price tag is pretty ridiculous - $5.9 billion is enough to buy all of Take Two, Zynga, and over 50% of Capcom put together, or almost one and a half times the price Disney paid for LucasFilm (and Star Wars). has also probably reached a saturation point for a game like Candy Crush and may not be able to maintain those revenue numbers in the years to come. It’s definitely a pretty huge gamble on Activision’s part - they are paying roughly 25% of their entire current market value for King. But that isn’t to say it isn’t a smart deal if that’s what they want - King has a treasure trove of knowledge that you just can’t get elsewhere. I’m not saying I know exactly why they did it. In all likelihood, only the Activision-Blizzard board really understands why.  But I am saying that this is a possible justification for it. 

As reported by The Art Newspaper, Madrid’s Museo del Prado has acquired The Virgin of the Pomegranate by Fra Angelico, an early Renaissance painter and Dominican friar famous for his fresco cycle in the Monastery of San Marco in Florence.

The painting was bought from the collection of the Dukes of Alba, one of Spain’s preeminent noble families. The 19th Duke, Martínez de Irujo, has also donated a small panel depicting Saint Anthony Abbot’s death, recently attributed to Fra Angelico thanks to research conducted at the Prado.

Guido di Pietro, known as Fra Angelico (Mugello, 1390 - Rome, 1455), The Virgin and Child with two Angels or The Virgin with a Pomegranate, c.1426  

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It might seem crazy but...

…we just acquired Urbanspoon.

If the past year was anything to go by, we knew 2015 was going to be big in a lot of ways. And we honestly can’t think of a bigger, better way to start the year.

While we’ve been able to bring some great contemporaries into the fold over the past few months, this one is different. For one, we spent most of our last round of funding on this acquisition – but we’ve always believed that the edge of our comfort zone is where the magic happens.


Urbanspoon has been a dominant player in the US, Canada and Australia for years now, and it’s a great business that’s been built on a solid foundation of exhaustive, rich local restaurant content. Everything they’ve done has been powered by a fantastic team that shares our vision and core values, and brings a wealth of local knowledge and expertise to the table. As we stand here now, we felt joining forces with Urbanspoon would be the best way to turbocharge our growth and make our way into the US, Canada and Australia. Without question, this will also help us take significant strides forward in the markets we’ve been sharing with Urbanspoon so far – the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland.


Needless to say, the road ahead is a long one, and there are big challenges to overcome. For one, we’ll need to ensure that Urbanspoon’s website and app are integrated into Zomato smoothly over the next couple of months, without sacrificing the usability or utility of either. Urbanspoon has built vast legions of faithful followers over the years, and we’ll need to work extra hard to ensure that the finished product is one that users and merchants alike will love and enjoy using.

Another challenge – usually our biggest – is going to be finding a bunch of people as crazy as we are to drive our operations in the US, Canada and Australia. We’re very fortunate to be welcoming the Urbanspoon team into Zomato, which will be immensely valuable as we grow the forces in each of these countries.

The biggest challenge and most fun part of this move, however, is the fight we’re going to be picking with Yelp. In the market they have dominated for so long. After all, like Mark Twain famously said, it isn’t the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

K/S Story Excerpt!

Check it out and see if you’d like to read more!

From “Acquisition”:

           Jim felt his face color slightly as he contemplated what it would mean for them to be together: something with the potential to be transformative and terrifying all at the same time.  Total.  But to admit to love, to open himself to everything he had always avoided was almost, even now, unthinkable.  All his demons hovered beneath the surface, waiting, whispering the reservations he had relied on for practically his entire life.  Reservations that made sense within the unpredictable lines of human relationships, where declarations of love were used occasionally as weapons, where physical intimacy was sometimes seen as a distraction.  Where he could hide beneath excuses and lies and misdirection.  Where he could pretend, and deny, and change his mind.  Where it was safe to care conditionally, to leave some defenses in order to guard against inevitable loss.

           He considered what it would mean to share the mind of the man in front of him.  To share himself with someone who could, so incongruously and unexpectedly, pronounce his regard, his love, and his need.  Where would he go when there was nowhere to hide?  What would he be when everything was exposed?  And what if, after that, it was all taken away?  Jim sighed and pushed himself up, moving to begin to examine the walls on the opposite side of the small room, forcing his thoughts away.
Google Buys iOS Video Editing App Developer Fly Labs - Prime Inspiration

On Friday, Google has bought Fly Labs, an iOS video app developer to further bolster their new and revamped Photos App. Fly Labs released an statement about the acquisition and says that their team will become part of the Google Photos development team, and that its technology will be integrated into the existing Google Photos apps.

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Three antique books I recently acquired:

1: Scientific Dialogues Intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People: In Which the First Principles of natural and Experimental Philosophy Are Fully Explained - Volume III: Optics, Magnetism, Electricity and Galvanism by The Rev. J. Joyce (a new edition, corrected and improved) - 1829 - This has an inscription: A. I. Brown, Athens, June 8 1830

2: Titcomb’s letters to Young People, Single and Married by Timothy Titcomb Esquire - 1858

3: Decorum, A Practical Treatise on Etiquette and Dress of the Best Society - compiled by J. A. Ruth and Co. - 1880

Few to good breeding make a just pretence;
Good breeding is the blossom if good sense:
The last result of an accomplish’d mind,
With outward grace, the body’s virtue join’d.

From the collection of zeehasablog 

Did you visit the Anime News Network site today? And, if you did, did you notice something…interesting?

A few fans already caught on this morning, and if you were one of the few who noticed–good job! We’re happy to confirm that we have acquired the home video rights for the series–Nobunagun. Click here for more information.

Nobunagun will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in summer 2015. Are you looking forward to owning the series?

Six years ago, we started McBeard with one goal: to be the best social media studio in the world. That wasn’t really a thing yet, but we had a simple plan: treat small projects like big projects, be as careful with client budgets as we are with our own, treat everyone we meet like they will be a friend for life, and be absolutely fearless in the face of bigger competition.

We got our break in the film business–movie studios are typically first movers on new ways to activate fans. Social content creation and curation plus fan engagement was a winning combination and, more than 250 film and television campaigns later, we still love creating entertaining stuff that fans love to receive and share.

We’ve grown from two guys to more than one hundred creators serving dozens of entertainment and consumer brand clients. Our designers and animators generate hundreds of graphics, GIFs, and videos every week. Our account teams engage with millions of fans every day. Our team is the best in the business: smart, hard working creatives who go the extra mile to be good to each other and serve our clients (and our clients’ fans).

To continue our growth and increase our ability to do branded storytelling at scale, we wanted to expand our offerings and strengthen our social content services.

So we’re pleased to announce today that McBeard has been acquired by Fullscreen.

For Fullscreen, McBeard brings a perfectly complementary offering: a talented team of multi-platform content creators, the instant ability to augment and support their Creator network, and a unique ability to surround brands’ marketing campaigns with social content and engagement. Fullscreen opens new doors for us and allows for deeper integration with influencers and brands, plus a level of social video expertise that will make all of our campaigns better.

If you’re a brand that wants more out of social marketing or if you’re a future member of the McBeard team…if you want to do something different, massive, newsworthy, and meaningful on social media, we’d love to talk to you.

– Alec McNayr and Alan Beard


The Media Preservation Unit joined New York University Archives staff at the Coles Sports Center to acquire a collection of videos and paper records documenting tournaments and games in which NYU teams have competed. Staff identified formats, advised on video care & handling, and packed tapes for transport to the archives. Thanks to University Archives staff for inviting us to assist with this collection; we look forward to seeing some of these tapes in our labs in the future for reformatting!