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Great VLAB Event Coming Up Next Month – Tales of Young Entrepreneurs (Mint, Dropbox, and Xobni)

I’m on the Board of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) and the team has put together a really impressive looking event that features a panel of interesting young leaders / founders of some of my favorite tech companies. More details below – I encourage you to register soon as I expect this one will sell […]

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Best Customer Service Email from Amazon on My Pending Kindle

This might be the best customer service response email I’ve ever received. It’s not really the kind of thing I would normally blog, but it was so entertaining I had to share it. I wrote to Amazon to ask them if the Kindle 2 rumors are true (full disclosure: I have a pending order in […]

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I’m Speaking at the Engage! Expo – Save Money and Use the Discount Code

I wanted to let you know that I’ll be giving a talk about virtual gifts and virtual gifting at the Engage! Expo in New York on March 10th and 11th. They’ve been kind enough to provide me with a discount code, so I’m sharing it with all of you. If you register using the discount […]

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I’m Bullish on Aardvark (and Twitter should take notes)

I’ve now posed roughly 30 questions to Aardvark and I think it’s one of the more useful services I’ve used of late. In addition to being useful, I also think it has a reasonable shot at becoming an interesting business as well. In the interest of fair disclosure, it’s worth noting that Aardvark has good […]

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The Decline and Fall of an Ultra Rich Online Gaming Empire – Good Article in Wired

I rarely just reblog someone else’s post, but this is a really fascinating article on Brock Pierce and the early roots of real money trade in virtual goods as a business opportunity. Really interesting story here and a well written piece overall: The Decline and Fall of an Ultra Rich Online Gaming Empire.

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Thoughts on Free Powered Business Models and Why Time Beats Features

I spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to offer products that are free or basically free to users on the web. I try not to get religious about free – there’s nothing inherently right or wrong about choosing a business model that incorporates a free component so long as you understand […]