Posted in: blackberry, Business, Carriers, Gadgets & Handsets, iphone, mobile

Thoughts on "Mobile Web: So Close Yet So Far – New York Times” in the Sunday NYT

I read this article (apparently I was late to the blogosphere party on this one) Mobile Web: So Close Yet So Far – New York Times in the Sunday NYT and I wasn’t really sure why this was news. As far as I can tell, the basic thrust of the article is that the mobile […]

Posted in: Business

Why the “You Dont Need a Business Plan” meme is Crazy Talk

I’ve been reading a bunch of posts on how Twitter got funded without a business plan or a business model. I think the logic of these posts is largely true in only one case – if you’re an early-stage company in tech where you have lots of adoption, good growth, and attention from the “right” […]

Posted in: avvo, Beta, Business, metaweb, powerset, venture capital, vertical search, web20

The Return of the Large Pre-Launch Consumer Web Financing

I’ve been clipping stories about companies who have raised fairly large (as in greater than $10 million) amounts of venture capital for consumer web services prior to launch. I am not sure that three data points constitutes a trend, but I noticed that Avvo in Seattle (link here), Powerset here in the Valley (link here), […]

Posted in: Business, private equity, venture capital

Private Equity Returns – Past Performance is a Good Guide

Lately 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 […]