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May 31 2013
by Todd Hixon

Sunset For The Consumer Web?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 9, 2013.] A Kinder, Gentler Sunset; photo (c) Todd Hixon.    In recent months a number of influential voices have declared the consumer web boom of the last 6-7 years (going back to the emergence of Facebook) to be over. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures is […]

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April 12 2012
by Scott Johnson

On Selling Your Company

The most important financial decision you will ever make as an entrepreneur is when to sell your company.  What amount of money to raise at what price from whom pales in comparison.  For venture capital firms, picking companies that will grow fast is much easier than deciding when to sell them.  Misjudging exit timing can […]

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March 30 2012
by Todd Hixon

Windows Phone Beats iPhone by 2015? Not Likely!

Windows Phone jumping to No. 2 in smartphone market by 2015? | ZDNet. As a blogger, I appreciate the need to say something that gets attention. But this prediction is a big stretch. It overlooks the huge importance of apps, media content, and consumer cloud services in the smart phones market: areas where Nokia and […]

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February 16 2012
by Todd Hixon

Going Viral On The Mobile Web

John Doerr usually gets credit for describing the potential of the Internet to create a “new economy” (however, a Google search credits Clement Mok). Whoever said it, the point was: the bricks-and-mortar economy was about to be recreated in the virtual space of the Internet, and in many ways it has been. Today there’s a […]

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October 28 2011
by Todd Hixon

One Network To Rule Them All

It’s not news that Facebook is the leading social network, but sometimes (as the U.S. Army says about the Chinese) “quantity has a quality all of its own”. I was amazed when I came across the chart below, which shows how completely Facebook dominates time spent on social networks. Source: Comscore Mark Zuckerberg and his […]

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September 19 2011
by Scott Johnson

Direct Marketing 3.0 – The Social Era

One place where there is growth aplenty thesedays is good old direct marketing, which search reinvented last decade.  This decade, social media is reinventing it once again. Picture this: You’re playing a social game like Mafia Wars on Facebook and you want more “credits.”  So you type “Drink Dr. Pepper” into a box, and then buy a […]

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November 17 2010
by Scott Johnson

Expanding “Opt In” to include “Claw Back.”

My partner Thanasis wrote a thoughtful piece about the trade-offs between privacy and convenience.  Since I am a table pounding “opt-in” zealot, I felt compelled to weigh in.  Opt-in is why Pontiflex is taking share so rapidly from legacy “email list brokers”.  Opt-out is the reason Facebook got kicked in the gut when they launched Beacon, and how […]

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