Tag Archives: Web 2.0

Starting Up Plinky

Om Malik broke the news today about Plinky. Plinky is the brainchild of founder/CEO Jason Shellen, a former Googler who worked on Blogger and shipped Google Reader. Jason and I partnered up last fall and just raised our seed round from my … Continue reading

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Forced Upgrades

Rolling out a product upgrade used to be a big deal. Decades ago it was about replacing boards and ICs. Twenty years ago it was about shipping stacks of floppies and hoping they survive the UPS trip. A decade ago … Continue reading

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Snackr Is To RSS Feeds What Slide Was To Photo Albums

An old friend from Macromedia, Narciso Jaramillo who is now on the Flex team has built a very cool AIR app called Snackr. It let’s you nibble at your feeds. The scrolling list of feed items can be distracting when … Continue reading

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Amazon Funds AWS Darling Animoto

My friend Stevie Clifton, CTO at Animoto, pinged me early this morning with the news that Amazon has funded his company. This comes on the heels of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos using Animoto as a great example of how to leverage … Continue reading

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Cloud Computing: You May Need It If You Go Viral On Facebook

I organized a panel on cloud computing at the Nantucket Conference last weekend. One of the panelists was Stevie Clifton, founder/CTO of Animoto. He shared a story about Animoto’s experience with Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Compute Cloud and going viral on Facebook … Continue reading

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Fluid Architecture or How ColdFusion 8 Won The Jolt Award For Web Development

A couple of days ago I listened with empathy as a passionate entrepreneur told the story about bootstrapping his business over many years. Like many other entrepreneurs in his situation, he had to repeatedly make micro-optimization decisions that got him … Continue reading

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Flash vs. AJAX is The Wrong Question

Following my post on the Flex 3 and AIR launch, a number of you have pinged me privately about the Flash vs. AJAX question. It goes something like this: “I know you are going to write that you prefer Flash/Flex because … Continue reading

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Adobe Engage 2008 To Launch Flex 3.0 and AIR

Tomorrow, at the invitation-only Engage 2008 event in SF Adobe will launch AIR and Flex 3.0. If you want to get a sense of what will be shown, here are the slides from the January pre-release tour. The event has … Continue reading

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Amazon Web Services Outage: Causes And Remedies

If been a big fan of Amazon Web Services (AWS) because they lower the costs of startup experimentation. I’ve sponsored their events, judged their startup competition, etc. I have friends on the team. I’ve also had frank conversations with them … Continue reading

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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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