Bing - great looking image on Bing today
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Very impressive and gives you some idea of what Apple “might” be up to.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This came from the following blog (link) where Silicon Alley Insider talks about their frustration with Google Mail.
What was fascinating to me was the following picture they posted. Google requires 4 different login’s – each one is slightly different.
Why doesn’t it “know” who I am, what device I’m on and also where I am. Each time it asks me to type in something or click on something – and yet each time it’s still “Me”.
Can you imagine doing this on a Mobile device? I think not which is why we invented 5o9 Me which does it all for you, without having to type in anything or click on anything (unless you choose too).
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
UK government database of all 1,841,177 post codes together with precise geographic coordinates and other information
Now this could be really useful. Take a Windows Mobile or Blackberry Smartphone and add our free 5o9 Me software which provides you with real time device location and then tie it directly into this database. All kinds of cool things could be done with that combination of data.
UK government database of all 1,841,177 post codes together with precise geographic coordinates and other information, 8 Jul 2009
Worth every second of 10 minutes and 25 seconds. Especially the last “point”.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Congratulations to Mint – but what no one is talking about is how many shares did Mint have outstanding when they were acquired. They have taken $32m in funding. So let’s do the math…
Acquisition price divided by the shares outstanding…
So my guess is that they had somewhere between 20m and 30m shares outstanding. So the buyout price was probably $6 - $8 a share. By the 3rd round they would have invested at $5 or maybe higher so those guys got their liquidation preference and a % gain. The early guys got maybe a factor 3x if that. If the founders filed for an 83b election when they founded the company and paid .0001 per share then they did pretty well, probably around $5m a piece “IF” there was any money left over.
Bottom line – VC’s return on this deal was either a % gain on their investment (plus their money back) or a factor gain of about 3x.
Nobody made a “Mint” out of this deal!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
An incredibly moving piece about the reality of war and ties directly into “The policy had better match the sacrifice” (link).
I have a son who is currently at VMI (Virginia Military Institute) and who may one day have to go to war. We’d better be dam sure we know “why” were doing it versus some suit in Washington who doesn’t have a clue about reality on the battlefield.
As I said in my earlier blog – most of life is noise interspaced with moments where critical decisions are required. Let’s make sure we get this one right. Life is precious.
Great quote from an article in today’s New York Times. (link). In life most of what we experience is “noise”. However there will be certain decisions that “you have to get right”. There will only be a few but they will really matter.
Therefore whatever policy you adopt for that decision making process make sure it matches the sacrifice you’re putting in.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
In a word – customers. In my blog post yesterday I pointed to an article by R. Cringely and called out a specific section…
Effectively, there is no marketing. - It’s an advertising company.
I now have Bing set as my home page – I’ve adjusted my preferences to add my location and also my preferred language. It was simple to do and very effective (right there on the home page). Slowly Microsoft is responding to the customers needs and wants – that’s marketing. Everyday there’s a new image that loads, just this visual alone (IMO) is worth the switch. The results are good, the speed is on par with Google’s…
So what does it all boil down top? “Customer Experience”. Bing gets it because they understand marketing to the customer. Google remains an advertising company.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Effectively, there is no marketing. - It’s an advertising company.
And there you have it. Peer review and when something becomes “is of no interest” the product dies.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Absolutely the browser is the future of mobile. The cost to build applications across multiple platforms is simply too high, takes to long and is risky. So what’s the first feature that the browser of the future needs?
Here’s a picture. Note the new menu option…
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Simply spot on. An excellent post. One part that stands out…
In most domains, talent is overrated compared to determination—partly because it makes a better story, partly because it gives onlookers an excuse for being lazy, and partly because after a while determination starts to look like talent.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Totally agree with this blog post. What most people forget is how hard it is to really build a sustainable business. If you’re losing money every month then in reality you “may” not have something valuable. I use the word “may” here because of services like You Tube which do lose money every month yet people find it valuable. (Of course that begs the question would be prepared to pay for access to it?)
Bottom line – funding is a milestone and not a goal of any business – you should be focused on driving to “measurable, sustainable, profitable revenue from volume”. Anything less and the bar is still too low.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Interesting post. Google had to completely re-write the codebase after the acquisition and has obviously had some problems. However this quote caught my eye… “FeedBurner, like many Google services, has no acceptable customer service mechanism.” This is where future problems arise as Google moves to a more consumer service web play. Algorithms can only go so far, after that you need humans to answer the phone.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
This is a follow up to my “There’s an App for that” post. It’s becoming tougher everyday to build a sustainable business from mobile applications that don’t offer any real value.
I’ve been playing with a new iPhone now for a couple of weeks. I’ve purchased a few apps (total is $17.99) and I’m just about done buying apps. Virtually everything else I need to be productive is free.
Think about this for a moment – we don’t need any more apps because they’ve all been done. What does this mean for developer revenues? It means that they’re about to collapse.
Here’s the next problem – there are now 6 Smartphone players:
They all have stores – which means in short order there will be lots of free or virtually free apps. Give it 6 months and all the apps that are needed will be done.
Now what? If you’re a mobile developer what do you do next? How do you generate sustainable revenue?
The first wave of Mobile is coming to an end – the next wave is appearing on the horizon and it’s Mobile Cloud Computing aka Mobile SaaS.
It’s all about the meta data.