Browsing archives for 'Technology'

Which comes first? Filling out a two-sided network

Business , Technology 7 April 2011 | 1 Comment

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the classic ‘chicken and the egg’ problem that network businesses face every day in the early stages of the corporate lifecycle.  As I noted in my post “The power of a simple business model,” when network effects are present in a business, the value of the business [...]

The opportunity for an academic graph

Business , Pyschology , Technology 23 January 2011 | 0 Comments

Rafael Corrales’ post about reaching out to his Professors to get their top papers (in order to find great ideas) pointed out a glaring shortcoming (and therefore opportunity) in academia. I posted in the comments to his post that there are two major shortcomings: Content is primarily behind walled gardens. It’s a pain to get access [...]

Why marketing your company is changing

Business , Technology 10 May 2010 | 0 Comments

Just two quick tidbits that show how/why the marketing/distribution world is changing. Both I feel are fairly telling without much explanation. The first I found in a presentation from Drew Houston of Dropbox and Adam Smith of Xobni: The second comes from Conan O’Briens recent talk at Google; fast forward to the 15 minute mark [...]

Thoughts on “non-consensus right”

Business , Investing , Technology 25 March 2010 | 3 Comments

A recent TechCrunch article about the launch of Floodgate, a seed-stage investment company run by Mike Maples and Ann Miura-ko, highlighted Maples’ approach to investing: he looks for ideas that are “non-consensus right.”  While every investment has to be “right” otherwise it won’t work out (pretty logical…), not every investment firm/VC looks to be non-consensus.  Indeed, [...]

The power of a simple business model

Business , Technology 15 February 2010 | 6 Comments

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  Albert Einstein I recently attended a talk by a LinkedIn executive where he quickly summarized the company’s business model and hit on a common theme with most “Web 2.0″ companies.   Almost all activities performed by the company were oriented around optimizing 3 things [...]

Two clever ways to win me back

Business , Misc , Pyschology , Technology 22 January 2010 | 0 Comments

Just getting a potential customer to your site is half the battle; the other half is getting them to stay.  If you’re lucky enough to get someone to sign up, you need to keep them engaged. Churn can be a pain to most young start ups. I recently came across two clever ways to reel [...]

Is keeping the secret worth it?

Business , Technology 13 January 2010 | 0 Comments

Recent conversations with other budding entrepreneurs about their business ideas have led me to see the value of “getting the idea out there,” starting the iterative process of articulating the idea, receiving feedback, and refining it.  A few months ago, Chris Dixon blogged that entrepreneurs are wasting their time attempting to keep their start-up idea [...]