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June 8 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Feature-Not-A-Company

I wrote a post yesterday about the general euphoria in the tech market.  One of the signs of things are heating up is the large volume of startups that are pursuing niche product strategies.  Consumer internet is a busy space and in a race to differentiate themselves, startups are positioning themselves in tighter product spaces. […]

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June 7 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Pinch me: is it 1999?

I attended TechCrunch Disrupt a couple of weeks ago and the scene was abuzz with talk of a new tech bubble following the LinkedIn IPO, on the heels of privately traded Facebook shares at exorbitant valuations.  The Groupon IPO filing last week helped reinforce the feeling that things are heating up. So, are we living […]

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February 9 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Watch out for those “Groundhog Days”

“Groundhog Day” is a metaphor for lack of change an innovation. Companies need to watch out for market changes that may render their services obsolete or invalidate their current strategy.

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December 16 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Golden age of e-commerce

The last four years have seen another resurgence of e-commerce companies.  In fact, our last two deals have been e-commerce deals and we are looking at another one. While e-commerce has been around since the launch of Amazon in the late ’90s, there was a period starting after the collapse of the tech bubble in […]

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November 12 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Privacy vs. Relevance (or Convenience): a tricky balance

According to today’s Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the Obama administration is taking steps to regulate privacy practices on the internet.  That might include new laws and a new regulatory position.  While Europe has always been more aggressive in this area, the U.S. government has largely left it unregulated, lest it might impede innovation. The WSJ […]

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October 20 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

5 checklist items to raising money

I know this is a somewhat mandane subject, but yesterday someone sent me a one-pager “executive summary” of a business, and after reading it I couldn’t really tell what they do.  So I read it again, and still couldn’t figure it out.  The summary was fully buzzword-compliant: you know!, it had all those fancy words […]

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October 19 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Why is it so hard to offer good service?

I have been pondering this question for some time and have had a few conversations about it with VCs and entrepreneurs.  I think that offering great service will be an important strategy and opportunity for companies as more and more products are converted into service (e.g. cloud-based software). How many times have you dialed into […]

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July 22 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Are there too many smartphone operating systems?

I had predicted that July 2008 would mark a seminal moment in the history of technology. That’s when Apple launched their mobile App Store. Now, it’s hard to think of an iPhone without the apps. A new app economy has been created with 250,000 applications in the App Store and $1BN paid out to developers. […]

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April 22 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Is Facebook trying to take over the internet? Implications for startups

Facebook announced some big initiatives at their developers’ conference yesterday and they have big implications for the internet and internet startups. Facebook has already surpassed 400 million users and is becoming the defacto social networking site for the world.  It’s now the world’s virtual town square where we all get to hang out with our […]

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April 16 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

iPad: a revolution in personal media consumption

After getting a chance to play with it for a couple of weeks, I believe this is the dawn of another computing revolution, centered around new ways to consume media.

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