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Do "Tuck-In” Acquisitions Actually Work?

With all of the Yahoo and Microsoft blog commentary going around, I’ve been thinking a lot about M&A and whether the so-called “tuck-in” acquisition where a major Internet company purchases a smaller company for $25 to $100 million and rolls them into the larger fold. The logic for most of these deals is that the […]

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Thoughts on the Prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft Merger

Just some short thoughts on the prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft merger, if it happens: We won’t see any real results from this integration until early 2010 – That’s the best case scenario. Assuming the deal closes in mid 2008, it will take another 6-12 months to figure out reporting structures, organization, merge product […]

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Google Shared Items – Make It Better So I Can Use It

When I first heard about the Google Shared Stuff application, I was definitely intrigued. I’ve always used del.icio.us to keep track of random pages I find across the web, but I’ve never really loved the interface. The main drawback I have is that I read all of my feeds in Google Reader and it’s so […]

Posted in: Email, facebook, google, linkedin, microsoft, myspace, ning, outlook, platforms, plaxo, social networking, web20, xobni, xoopit, yahoo, zimbra

Inbox 2.0 – I Think it’s Too Late to Matter for Social Networking (but fix them anyway)

I’ve been reading a few of these posts about Inbox 2.0 and the “Biggest Social Graphs” and they line up with some things I’ve been thinking as well. I’ve posted two blurbs recently on email and social networking – you can read them here and here. Overall, I do agree that email inboxes do contain […]

Posted in: analytics, Email, enterprise, google, microsoft, office20, orgoo, plaxo, salesforce, social networking, web20, xobni, xoopit, yahoo, zimbra

Xobni and the Future of Social Networking Data

Earlier this week a friend of mine updated his IM status message asking his friends for thoughts on the future of social networking as he was getting ready to speak at an event on that very topic. I think that what the Xobni guys are working on is the future of where social networking is […]

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A Different Take on “How Portals Will Win the Social Networking Wars”

I read this post by Steve Rubel several times and I still don’t quite get the logic as to why portals will win in the social networking war. Google and Yahoo (in particular) have a lot of the components mentioned in these posts (IM, email, address books, etc) and it hasn’t translated into success in […]