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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

The Rise Of The Spoon-Fed Internet

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 23, 2013.] I’m a long-time iGoogle user, and iGoogle is going away on November 1. iGoogle is Google’s personal homepage: one page on which my favorite news feeds and current information like weather and stock indexes appear. Why did something that is so useful to me disappear? […]

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January 10 2013
by Scott Johnson

Is it time to look anew at Clean-Tech?

     Is clean-tech the next eCommerce?  Remember in 2003 how dead commerce investment was?  The entire tech sector had entered the “trough of disillusionment” segment of the hype curve, and at the bottom of the barrel of tech refuse settled the consumer internet, with ecommerce flop pets.com as the poster-child of investment lunacy.      Then, […]

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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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February 8 2011
by Scott Johnson

Is The UnGoogle Economy Viable?

Is there enough market to sustain a startup that competes directly with Google?  This is an increasingly frequent topic, as we find ourselves asking entrepreneurs and our CEOs “what if Google decided to do this?”   Back in the mid nineties, we used to ask this same question about Microsoft, as the graveyard of companies […]

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January 28 2011
by Scott Johnson

Mobile Clicks Are Garbage!

Most mobile advertisement banner clicks are accidental.  The Harris group published a study yesterday saying this.  Surprised?  I’m not!  Has anyone actually clicked a mobile banner on purpose?  Really?  I can’t imagine doing so – the experience is so bad.  I think Shakespeare might have been thinking of mobile banner ads when he quipped “It is […]

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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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November 12 2010
by Todd Hixon

Italy And The Long Tail

A recent trip to Italy made me think about the “Long Tail”, the name Chris Anderson of Wired coined for the many small, specialized producers in a market, who he argues benefit greatly from the Internet (original article here).  Chris’ essay speaks mostly about media (movies, music, books), however, this idea has since been applied […]

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