Posted in: Business, cloudcontacts, CRM, highrise

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

This 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 […]

Posted in: Business

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

This 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 […]

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Why Didn’t the New York Times or the WSJ Sell Me My Kindle 2?

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, in really excited about the arrival of my Kindle 2. I love books, magazines, and newspapers, so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of value out of it. But I’m not sure why re NYT or WSJ didn’t give me the opportunity to buy it directly from them. Why […]

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Would You Spend the Next 20-30 Years of Your Career in Silicon Valley?

I have to admit that the genesis for this post was a conversation I had with some of my business-minded friends during the first half of the Super Bowl. One of my friends, who runs his own venture-backed company, asked the group whether we thought the classic Silicon Valley, venture-funded tech startup scene was the […]

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Three Blog Posts In Progress – Advice for Generalists, Why Marketplaces Rule, and Why Video is Tough

I’ve been really busy and sadly derelict in my blogging. I’m working on 3 posts that I’ll preview – if you have thoughts or info to contribute, let me know. Hope to get all three of them out in the next week or so: 1. Are you a “true” or a “new” tech generalist? It’s […]

Posted in: twitter

Solving the Twitter Business Model Problem – Your Guess is Probably Better than Mine

I’ve been fascinated by the blogosphere’s musings on Twitter’s downtime. I, for one, am relatively sympathetic toward their plight – there’s nothing tougher than trying to scale a system that’s growing quickly and has a very unpredictable, bursty traffic profile. And as much as I like and enjoy Twitter, it’s not a life-or-death kind of […]

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Reactions to Fred Wilson’s Post on Liquidity – We Have a Price Gap

I enjoyed reading Fred Wilson’s post on how the VC market needs more liquidity options for consumer Internet companies. As much as I enjoyed the post, I really enjoyed the comments even more. I applaud Fred for taking a different view and being honest about what a lot of venture investors must be thinking privately. […]

Posted in: Business, Search

Vertical Search Business Models – It’s All about Economic Transactions

For the past week I have been talking with a bunch of people about vertical search business models. I have a pretty bipolar perspective on vertical search; some days I think there is a business there and some days I don’t. After many enlightening conversations, my general thoughts can be summed up in the following […]