Archive for February 2007

Will Ning Help or Hurt the Social Networking Ecosystem?

TweetWith all of the blogosphere buzz about the re-launch of Ning, I thought I would go ahead and play with the tool and try to set up a new social network on the fly. I timed myself and I was able to create a very basic social networking application for residents of my hometown and […]

Reflections on Founders at Work

TweetI finally finished reading Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston and overall thought it was a very good read. There was enough variety in terms of the stories, challenges, and businesses that there ought to be at least one or two stories that resonate with anyone interested in how technology companies get started. After reading […]

Looking for a Webmail-friendly Tickler Program

TweetToday I had the pleasure of having a brief call with someone I really like (link to his blog here) and I realized it has been almost a year since he and I had a chance to really chat. Our conversation made me realize that what I really want/need is the equivalent of a tickler […]

Grand Central – I like the application but there’s one big catch

TweetI have been playing around with Grand Central for the last week or so. Grand Central’s basic value proposition is that they give you one phone number which you can then route to any other number you choose based on business rules. As a former Vonage subscriber, it’s very similar to the functionality that Vonage […]

Yahoo Pipes are Nerdy Cool

TweetI have spent some time browsing Yahoo! Pipes and I have to say that it’s nerdy cool – so nerdy that it’s cool if you are into geeky things in the RSS world. First things first, this is not the type of application that your average web user could use. It is, however, the type […]

Twitter and Dodgeball

TweetI have been playing with Twitter for about a week now and I really like it. It’s very easy to use, is dead simple to describe, and is strangely addictive. The only problem I have found with the service is that I have no way of finding out who else I know on the service. […]

MIT/Stanford VLAB – Consumer Products Innovation 2007

TweetThis should be a good event – let me know if you’re planning to go: MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) Presents: Consumer Products Innovation 2007 http://www.vlab.org Registration $35 – Online registration $40 – Day of the event https://www.vlab.org/site/register/ Date and Location Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at Stanford Graduate School of Business 6:00 – 7:30PM Networking/Buffet reception […]

Reflections on CommunityNext

TweetI spent a large chunk of my Saturday at the CommunityNext at Stanford and I have to say that it was a great event. The audience was good and the speakers were entertaining. Below are a few observations I had after attending: 1. It’s really hard to build a social network or community around a […]

Connecting Social Networks – I Just Don’t Get the Fuss

TweetI have been reading a lot of posts lately, including this one on the O’Reilly blog about how great it would be if we could either a) federate identity across the various social networking applications that exist today or b) socially-enable applications (phone, IM, email, etc) that I already use. My hunch is that none […]

Is International Traffic a Blessing or a Curse?

TweetThis is really more of a blurb than a post. I have been talking to quite a few folks in the market today who have really fast growing web 2.0 or mobile applications where a significant portion of the traffic, pageviews, unique users, and usage comes from the developing world. In almost every case, the […]