I’m at that critical point in the lifecycle of my consumer mobile and web software projects and ideas: I need to build something in order to get funding, but I need funding in order to build something. Continue reading
Every once in a while you’ll see an article claiming “email is dead.” In most cases the author is simply using a sensational headline to attract eyeballs to an article about, you guessed it, some new email service or software that has formed a relationship with the writer. Continue reading
In 1999, one of the most notable brands of the dot-com era – a name almost synonymous with the “World Wide Web” itself – made a bid to dominate the entire ecommerce market for individual, small and mid-size businesses. They spent roughly a half BILLION dollars on key acquisitions, and actually had a real shot at success. At that time, the market for SMB ecommerce was pretty much wide open. This company could have garnered the whole thing. Continue reading
I hadn’t talked to Scott Miller since he left the company where I worked a couple years ago. I just found out today that he died in April. Man, things just happen in the blink of an eye. Continue reading
Almost 1,800 titles will disappear from NetFlix tomorrow, because one studio wants to create their own streaming service and will therefore be removing all their titles from any other streaming service catalog. Continue reading
Marketing has a bad reputation, and for good reason. Someone once said “I know I’m wasting half my money on marketing… The problem is, I don’t know which half.” Continue reading
Phone (voice and SMS), email, IM, Twitter, App.net, Messages, Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, QQ, Skype, Facetime, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, GifBoom, Pixable, Snapchat, Snapseed, Tumblr, WordPress, Gravatar, Pinterest, Orchestra, Meetup, 8Tracks, Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, iTunes, Google Play, Game Center, XBox, Sony, Disqus, LiveFyre, Vimeo, YouTube, YouKu, SocialCam, SlideShare, InstaPaper, Read Later, Flipboard, Prismatic, Zite, Google Reader, OpenTable, Square, NetFlix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Yelp, FourSquare, Airbnb, YardSale, 20 different forums I frequent, a dozen vendors and other services I use regularly, and maybe a hundred others I registered for and then never used again… Continue reading
Pop-quiz: You’re the CEO of a company whose product is basically free content that everyone generates for you. The product is wildly popular, thanks mostly third-party innovation that blossomed around your relatively open API. This third-party innovation has produced wonderful apps and interfaces to your product, making it much easier for people to access AND generate MORE content for you, for FREE. Continue reading
It was almost twelve years ago that I first visited New York. I saw the Twin Towers on my trip, along with so many other things that make New York what it is. There was no way of knowing the one and only time I would see the Towers, would be the last. By the next year, they were gone. Continue reading
Yesterday, (it’s September 2012, as social networks are becoming a ubiquitous part of our lives), I heard a parent say “Our 14 year old says Facebook isn’t cool any more.” For anyone who follows tech and trends, that one sentence from just that one single reference point, doesn’t bode well for Facebook’s current business model. Continue reading
I’ve been reading this thread on WIRED, about all those “Google-a-Day” puzzles you may have seen recently. Gotta love the kids at Google, coming up with crazy puzzles and brain-teasers every day – which are very similar in form and purpose to the questions they ask when interviewing potential employees.* Continue reading
There are many exciting and innovative things happening out there in the technology, developer and software worlds. Everything now is about data, Big Data, and building next-generation systems and platforms, and developers and companies are doing things now that no one imagined possible just a few short years ago.
I am a technology, B2B Marketing person, and have been fortunate to be part of this latest era of innovation. I’ve worked with all shapes and sizes of companies, and have always welcomed the fact that change is constant.
I look forward to more projects that foster that spirit of innovation, working with people who truly enjoy building something new from bold ideas, challenging old assumptions and “that’s the way we’ve always done it” attitudes.
And now, for me, the seasons are changing. It’s time to do something about one of those ideas – and I’m reminded of the old saying: ”Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”
I’ll keep you posted.