Go Global, or Lose One Hundred Million Dollars

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U.S. startups need to remember that not only is there a world outside Silicon Valley/Boston, there’s a world outside the United States as well. By ignoring it during the crucial phases of gaining early adopters and transitioning to the early majority, they’re costing themselves millions in lost value. Don’t believe me?

Facebook Failing Abroad

Facebook, one of the hottest topics in social network news today, has failed miserably at gaining a notable international presence compared to other services. Friendster… yes, Friendster… has more than 5x the number of users in the Asia Pacific than Facebook. True, those users … [Read the rest »]

Micro-labor: Business Model of the Future?

~Updated below, 8/15/07~

Advertising won’t pay the bills for every web service forever. And there are many concerns that because customers are so used to everything being free, they’ll balk at subscription models. I think I’ve come up with what I think is a new business model for web services, in which users essentially earn paid account status.

On the same principle as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (possibly even integrating that service into yours), customers complete basic human insight tasks (“Is this a picture of a cat, or a picture of a dog?”) that assist you, your partners, or Mechanical Turk … [Read the rest »]

Is Opera Winning the Browser Wars?

The Opera browser may be out-competing both Firefox and Internet Explorer. It’s true that in June they had only 1.8% of the desktop browser market. But when I read Opera’s API for the Wii Remote, I had a moment where I had to simply sit and stare, wondering if Opera’s developers are laughing at Microsoft fighting Mozilla over the same old territory while Opera is conquering the New World.

The Nintendo Wii has sold over 9.27 million units, which have access to the Wii “Internet Channel”, exclusively powered by the Opera browser as a free download from from April … [Read the rest »]

Thoughts on ‘Major Players’ of the Web

I found a quote particularly telling in the New York Times’ article on Bill Gates transitioning out of Microsoft. Ray Ozzie, chief software architect of Microsoft, was discussing the dangers of Mr. Gates making strategic decisions after not staying informed. He says:

“It can’t be a situation where he’s expected to suddenly, magically come up to speed,” said Mr. Ozzie, […] “You know, did you see the 20 announcements last week that Google did, Yahoo did, Cisco did?“[emphasis mine]

Why would Microsoft, a software, web, and now (sigh) advertising company consider Cisco, a maker of network hardware appliances, a … [Read the rest »]

Click.tv + WebEx?

Mike Arrington says Cisco may have acquired Click.tv, a “video annotation and deep tagging service”. I hope that rumor is true, because some exciting ideas crossed my mind that I think Cisco could implement if it took Click.tv’s technology and applied it to WebEx vido conferencing.

When GMail was first announced, one of the most revolutionary ideas it brought to the mainstream was the idea of never having to delete an e-mail again. That, combined with GMail’s -tagging- ‘label’ing features and fantastic search capabilities, has made it possible for the average user to store every e-mail they’ve ever received, … [Read the rest »]

Nokia Rising on the Mobile Web

Nokia is a company that’s pinged my mobile web radar several times in the past week, earning it a place on my watch list. They’re popping up in three key areas: hardware, software, and community.

Mobile Web Hardware

Photo by Bror HeinolaIf I lived in the Valley, I might have to fear for my life for posting this, but it’s possible that the iPhone is not the best “internet communications device”/phone in existence. The Nokia E70 is being touted as an under-publicized rival to the iPhone. It’s certainly an impressive device, and addresses some of the key complaints about the iPhone such as … [Read the rest »]

Taking Podcasts Beyond Cassette Tapes

The future is here, and it’s boring as hell. Web sites used to be pages of text, linked to other pages of text. Then they added images, and that was cool. Before you knew it, we had web sites that weren’t ’static’ but ‘dynamic’. Changing, exciting, multimedia. Then the multimedia split into audio and video that were content pieces in their own right, ‘new media’ if you will, like a podcast. But if you cut through the hype, a podcast is no more dynamic than those first web pages full of text. Even worse, really, because they’re not linked to … [Read the rest »]

Returned and Ready

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I’m back from vacation, and busier than ever catching up on everything I missed while away. Between work, feeds, e-mails, and other writing, it’s a wonder I have any time to be thinking about what to post. But this weekend will give me plenty of opportunity to create a worthwhile read, and by Monday I’ll have it finished, with hopefully a few lesser commentaries as I’m catching up over the weekend.

Amazingly enough, according to my Feedburner stats I’ve actually _gained_ subscribers while away(maybe I should shut up more often?), so thanks to everyone reading, and especially to those who … [Read the rest »]

Publishing, IM, and Flickr on the Rise

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“Publishers’ push for online innovation”:http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=37067 – From the Press Gazette, an interesting article about how publishing companies are creating skunkworks-like environments(à la Yahoo!’s Brickhouse), agile development philosophies, and dedicated teams tasked specifically to bringing traditional publishing into the digital age, in innovative ways. [via “Times emit”:http://aptstudio.com/timesemit/]

“Enterprise instant messaging on the rise”:http://www.crm2day.com/news/crm/122702.php – CRM Today reports on a Gartner prediction of enterprise IM becoming the “de facto tool for voice, video and text chat” by 2011, with “95 percent of workers in leading global organisations using it as their primary interface for real-time communications by 2013.” It’s interesting to note … [Read the rest »]

Convergence Essential for the Mobile Web

I’ve long been a fan of AOL Instant Messenger over it’s Yahoo!, Microsoft, and more recently, Google, counterparts. Most non-techie users have a preference for an IM network based on one factor only: it’s what most of their friends use. The feature sets of most IM products are comparable, and though the user interfaces have different advantages and disadvantages, none are so bad as to make users reject them en masse. Even a lack of feature’s can be overcome through third-party plug-ins. I use “middle_man”:http://www.mymiddleman.com/ for AIM, and before that, DeadAIM. But as broadband internet has become more widely available, … [Read the rest »]

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