Archive for April 2007

Facebook – The Next Commoditizer in the Making

TweetEvery now and then I grab on to a piece of data that takes a long time to digest. Awhile back I read a survey about how roughly 90% of search traffic originates from the main 4 search engines. Given that reality, there are 3 ways to cope: 1. Do a great job of optimizing […]

New England Venture Capital Association Consumer Internet Panel – I’m Speaking

TweetI am heading to Boston next week to speak on a consumer Internet panel. I’m excited to be on a panel with such a great set of speakers. Details below: Location: The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge Program: 7:30 am – 8:00 am: Registration and Networking 8:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 […]

Private Equity Returns – Past Performance is a Good Guide

TweetLately I have been getting really interesting data and research papers sent to me by friends and colleagues. Here is another one for all of you data junkies out there. I found this one on the Private Equity Spotlight website. The article on page 5 talks about how past performance can be an indicator of […]

eBay and StumbleUpon? I Just Don’t Get It

TweetI generally agree with (or at least find thought-provoking) most of the things I read on GigaOm — it’s one of my favorite blogs. However, in reading the logic in why eBay and StumbleUpon makes sense, I just don’t get it. I am a big StumbleUpon fan – it’s a great service. And I like […]

Facebook + Classifieds Makes Sense to Me

TweetI read an interesting rumor over on Mashable that Facebook might be launching a classifieds service. If the rumor is in fact true, it makes a lot of sense. It seems to me that the hardest thing about creating a new marketplace is finding a way to aggregate buyers and sellers in a central place. […]

Why the Web 2.0 Expo Bummed Me Out

TweetI spent part of the day at the first full day of the Web 2.0 Expo. I have to say that I wasn’t super psyched about this show for some reason, but I had a hard time putting my finger on exactly why. The source of my dour attitude suddenly became clear when John Battelle […]

Telenav GPS for Cingular Pearl

TweetOut of the blue, an icon for Telenav’s mapping and navigation product showed up on my Pearl. I don’t remember downloading it or requesting it over the air. I’m planning to test it out. Anyone else have the same thing happen? Tweet

Is Yahoo’s Taking a Break from M&A?

TweetI was poking around on Wikipedia and came across what looks like a comprehensive list of acquisitions and substantial equity investments that Yahoo! has made since 1997. I am not sure that the table is accurate, but the trend is interesting. I took a look at the total number of announced deals (according to this […]

Research Paper on Incompetence and Inflated Self-Assessments

TweetEvery now and then someone sends me a link to an academic paper that explains a large chunk of life. Last week one of my friends at work sent me a link to an interesting article on how poor people are at recognizing their own limitations. I’m including a link to the article as well […]

MySpace and Photobucket Tug of War

TweetIn an older post I mentioned how I thought MySpace would start flexing its muscles and potentially making life harder of widget providers. Then I saw this post and this post about how MySpace and Photobucket are having a spat, with MySpace blocking Photobucket videos. From my point of view, it seems to me that […]