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June 6 2011
by Todd Hixon

Tech = Media?

I attended TechCrunch Disrupt New York recently.  A few observations: Web/mobile advertising and “flash commerce” were sliced and diced on several panels. Google and Facebook execs advocated for their new products.  Most interesting comments:  from Mark Walrath/RightMedia founder: “The Meeker Gap (% time versus ad dollars spent on web media) exists because web advertisers have […]

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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 18 2011
by Scott Johnson

Mobile Monetization 2.0

Mobile monetization 2.0 is going to happen in 2011.  Marketing budgets against mobile are showing up in the hundreds of millions, some new monetization schemes (CPL and CPD) are paying good eCPMs, 4G is coming, and this is all really great news for entrepreneurs and mobile app publishers as everyone everywhere taps into mobile apps. […]

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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 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 12 2010
by Scott Johnson

Why I Invested in Fashion Playtes (Again)

Fashion Playtes recently announced an oversubscribed up round led by our friends at Fairhaven Capital.   The company has a platform enabling custom clothing design by tween girls (ages 6-12). It is a simple concept really.  Girls can go on the web and choose different embellishments to be sewn onto dresses, shirts, pants, bags, etc. […]

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May 9 2010
by John Backus

Facebook: Every Website is now a Facebook App

Web 3.0 has arrived.  Facebook changed the entire character of the Internet on April 21, 2010.  Come on!  A little “like” button?  What could be more trivial? Let me explain.  Before 4/21/10 there was Facebook.  And there was the web.  They did not intersect.  Oh, sure, you could use your Facebook credentials to log on […]

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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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March 16 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Facebook Connect: The biggest no-brainer in the history of earth

Well; maybe that is a slight exaggeration.  But when I sit back and try to think about some other things that would qualify as some of, say, the top 10 biggest no-brainers in the history of earth, Facebook Connect has got to be among them. The tagline is one I heard in radio ads on […]

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