Category Archives: Web 2.0

MIT 100K Startup Competition Kicks Off

The mother of all university startup competitions, the MIT 100K business plan competition, kicked off last night at the funky Stata Center at MIT. The competition takes three months–the finals are on May 14. I had a chance to talk … Continue reading

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Strategies For Startup Success

I gave at talk this morning at Yankee Group. It was part of the SmartSpeaker series that CEO Emily Green has been organizing for a few months now. Many months ago, over breakfast, Emily asked me to give a talk … Continue reading

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Getting Social Platforms Right

Since I’m a platform guy by background, I’ve been very interested in how social infrastructure, i.e., social platforms such as Facebook’s F8, Bebo’s clone, Google’s OpenSocial and MySpace’s recently launched developer platform, is going to evolve. Some recent good reading on … Continue reading

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MySpace + Google >= Facebook?

The much expected, joked about and pre-announced MySpace developer platform is finally here. Well, not quite: As Aber mentioned, we’re currently in a sandbox phase. Here are the important points to understand about this phase: Your application profiles are private … Continue reading

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Going For It

In a startup environment favoring fast, relatively cheap exits instead of building sizeable companies, it is always interesting to look at the choices startup founders and CEOs make when they have the option to sell the company or build it … Continue reading

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Mini-App Software Quality

I’m starting to believe that developers of very small applications (widgets, applets, plug-ins, etc.) are not taking software quality seriously. The fact that their own codebase is small doesn’t mean that they have fewer defects per line of code. Further, … Continue reading

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OpenSocial: The Lowest Common Denominator?

Google’s OpenSocial is becoming the lowest common denominator for application integration in the social media space. That’s actually not that great for Google as it is rarely the case that the most successful applications run on the lowest common denominator … Continue reading

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Amazon Web Services Startup Challenge

I’m heading to Seattle tomorrow for the AWS Startup Challenge finals. Many entered the competition with the hope of winning fame & glory, $50K in cash, $50K in AWS credit and an investment offer from Amazon (the details of which … Continue reading

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Millions of Consumers, Millions of Channels: The Shift to Social Advertising and Social Commerce

I did a guest post at InternetEvolution titled “Viral Distribution’s Coming of Age“. The key observation is that the consumer has become the distribution channel. Millions of consumers = millions of channels. Successfully leveraging social advertising and social commerce will require … Continue reading

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Shifting The Cost/Benefit Conversation

Had a great dinner last night in the Valley with a group of founder/CEOs. At one point in the evening the conversation shifted to a topic that’s near and dear to my heart as I continually find myself challenging entrepreneurs … Continue reading

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