Posted in: facebook, social networking, twitter

Facebook – The Next Commoditizer in the Making

Every now and then I grab on to a piece of data that takes a long time to digest. Awhile back I read a survey about how roughly 90% of search traffic originates from the main 4 search engines. Given that reality, there are 3 ways to cope: 1. Do a great job of optimizing […]

Posted in: Events

New England Venture Capital Association Consumer Internet Panel – I’m Speaking

I am heading to Boston next week to speak on a consumer Internet panel. I’m excited to be on a panel with such a great set of speakers. Details below: Location: The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge Program: 7:30 am – 8:00 am: Registration and Networking 8:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 […]

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 […]

Posted in: ebay, stumbleupon, web20

eBay and StumbleUpon? I Just Don’t Get It

I generally agree with (or at least find thought-provoking) most of the things I read on GigaOm — it’s one of my favorite blogs. However, in reading the logic in why eBay and StumbleUpon makes sense, I just don’t get it. I am a big StumbleUpon fan – it’s a great service. And I like […]

Posted in: classifieds, facebook, oodle

Facebook + Classifieds Makes Sense to Me

I read an interesting rumor over on Mashable that Facebook might be launching a classifieds service. If the rumor is in fact true, it makes a lot of sense. It seems to me that the hardest thing about creating a new marketplace is finding a way to aggregate buyers and sellers in a central place. […]

Posted in: Business, yahoo

Is Yahoo’s Taking a Break from M&A?

I was poking around on Wikipedia and came across what looks like a comprehensive list of acquisitions and substantial equity investments that Yahoo! has made since 1997. I am not sure that the table is accurate, but the trend is interesting. I took a look at the total number of announced deals (according to this […]

Posted in: random

Research Paper on Incompetence and Inflated Self-Assessments

Every now and then someone sends me a link to an academic paper that explains a large chunk of life. Last week one of my friends at work sent me a link to an interesting article on how poor people are at recognizing their own limitations. I’m including a link to the article as well […]

Posted in: myspace, photobucket, social networking

MySpace and Photobucket Tug of War

In an older post I mentioned how I thought MySpace would start flexing its muscles and potentially making life harder of widget providers. Then I saw this post and this post about how MySpace and Photobucket are having a spat, with MySpace blocking Photobucket videos. From my point of view, it seems to me that […]

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