Bribery, Porn, and Spam Are the Path to Riches in the App World
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 08/07/2012 20:43
As money floods into their market, and the stakes get ever higher, app makers are getting paranoid. Paranoid that competitors are buying traffic spikes, using porn to attract users, and spamming everyone and their mom on the way to the top of the leaderboards. Above all, app makers are paranoid that the competition is playing dirty better than they are -- tricking users out of their time and investors out of their money.
"I do believe people try to manipulate their download numbers and chart position around a financing," says Matt Murphy, an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "It seems everybody raising money has just hit some inflection in their numbers, so either they wait until that happens or manufacture it."
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