Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Why Building a “LinkedIn Killer” on Top of Facebook Will be Tough

TweetIn the spirit of full disclosure, I should preface this post by noting that a friend and I tried to build a jobs-related product on top of the Facebook platform fairly recently and ultimately decided not to pursue it. In the process, we learned a few things that I think are worth consideration for anyone […]

The iPad as a Laptop Replacement – My 1 Week Experiment

TweetEvery day I seem to love my iPad more and more. I read a few reviews of people declaring that they could easily go iPad-only during their workday and not a miss a beat. I was a bit skeptical of that claim, so I decided that I would try to go iPad-only during my workday […]

What’s the Use Case for Facebook Payments Off Facebook?

TweetI’ve had Facebook on the brain lately – not surprising given that I work at a company that builds games for the Facebook platform. One of the more interesting things I’ve been trying to figure out is the use case for a “Pay with Facebook” or Facebook payments solution off the Facebook platform. Changing the […]

CloudContacts Works Great – Get Rid of That Stack of Business Cards

TweetThis is a quick post based on my experience using CloudContacts. I first heard about CloudContacts a few weeks ago and was intrigued. In a nutshell, I think of CloudContacts as a business card scanner as a service (as opposed to business card scanning as a product offered by CardScan). The process for getting your […]

Can Large Companies Help Small Companies Find Business Models (An Open M&A Question)

TweetThis is more of an open thread than a blurb. I’ve been looking at the dismal data on venture capital exits and the growing swirl of rumors about Twitter getting acquired. One thing I’ve always wondered is whether a situation where a big company buys a small company for a large sum (say north of […]

The Hard Road Ahead for Facebook Fan Pages – The Self-Promoters are on Twitter

TweetIn the last few days I’ve talked to three people who’ve been debating setting up Facebook Fan Pages for some cause / group they like or support. They’ve also asked about Twitter. I saw this post about the pending re-launch of the Facebook Pages with a new-and-improved experience for brands. I’ve been using Twitter a […]

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

TweetI’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 […]

Thoughts on Free Powered Business Models and Why Time Beats Features

TweetI 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 […]

Money 2.0 – Aspirin or Vitamins?

TweetI had been thinking a lot about personal finance this past few weeks and then I saw a TechCrunch post on how Mint raised more money and has been growing nicely. So I posted a tweet over the weekend with the following comment: i’m not sure people are ready to hand over financial creds to […]

Social Shopping and Expertise Identification – The Missing Piece in the Puzzle?

TweetI have been noodling on this whole idea of social shopping, which I think is still a poorly-defined concept. I have to warn you in advance that this is a fairly academic-style post. What does it mean to “shop socially”? To me, social shopping is about leveraging the collective wisdom of others, be they friends […]