One Line of Code

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

Remember when email and IM was all you needed?

Phone (voice and SMS), email, IM, Twitter,, 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,, 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

I might as well complain about Twitter too…

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

Facebook isn’t cool anymore?

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