Monthly Archives: April 2007

Off to Web 2.0 Expo

I’ll be in San Francisco the next few days for the Web 2.0 Expo.  My pal Dave McClure was one of the planning advisors and as such I am sure it will be a great show.  I’ve discussed a lot … Continue reading

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how to become a monopolist: the google story

Hmmm advertisers are growing wary of Google’s market position with the purchase of DoubleClick according to AdAge.  Market concentration is a serious problem for competitors and customers and will be an important issue for the online ecosystem for at least … Continue reading

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More Ad-Supported Thoughts

The amount of ad-supported content is growing and growing.  Advertising is both a practical solution to the challenge of micro-payments as well as a subsidy to expand the coffers of content creators so they can invest in more content.  And … Continue reading

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Do we really need another social network?

Too funny to see that Rolling Stone magazine plans to add a social network to their website.  My point isn’t really that world doesn’t need another social network – it is that this a classic case of an old house … Continue reading

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Online Business Trend: The Ad-Supported Computing Cloud

I am of course biased by my experience – which has been at the intersection of consumer oriented services around data, ad-supported content and digital media.  One of the areas that is interesting to see emerge is the Computer in … Continue reading

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New Role: Loomia

As of this afternoon, I officially signed up to work with Loomia.  Their approach to the recommendation and personalization space is likely the best in their space and I look forward to helping them with their marketing.  They are up against some well funded … Continue reading

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Congrats to Spock and Kefta

Congrats to Phillipe and his team (including Andy Sack)… Great to read about the news!  Having used Kefta’s software in a live comparison against competitors like Optimost and Offermatica – I can certainly say their software really works and kicks … Continue reading

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DIY/NIH: The Economics of Abundance and Startups

Fred Vogelstein’s interview with Eric Schmidt presents an interesting story about classic DIY/NIH impulses that comes from engineers and developers - in this case Larry and Sergei desire to build a financial system themselves instead of buying one from Oracle.  At every … Continue reading

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Where do laws come from? (The Utah Story)

Thanks for John Battelle and Eric Goldman for pointing out Utah’s rediculous attempt to save businesses from the vagueries of competition.   In a prior role, I had the good fortune to meet and get to know Eric.  Eric’s a really smart legal … Continue reading

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What I Wish Movie Theaters Really Were

First off this isn’t another Google/YouTube v. Cuban fan post.  And I swear this will be the last post about him or his businesses for a while.  However as a fan of Mark since our days of doing business together, I’ve … Continue reading

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