Month: April 2011

Ubiquitous Data Eventually Decays Business Models

Yesterday I spent some time thinking about how to enter markets where there is an existing oligopoly  with high barriers to entry.  Specifically, I was responding to Chris Dixon’s post about whether (or not) and how Apple might be able to bring the success they had in phones to television. …

Entering an Industry: Partner, Piggyback or Create?

So Jobs doesn’t believe an “additional box” is a viable strategy for seriously entering the TV industry. This leaves three places to enter: 1) integrating into set top boxes, 2) integrating into other TVs, or 3) Apple creating its own TV. Regarding #1, the last thing the cable operators want…

Setting Up a Corporate B2B Blog

A few weeks ago, I volunteered to help get my current startup, Adaptivity, out in to the social space.  We knew we wanted to be discussing IT and our products on both blogs and social media sites, so there were two critical questions to be answered: What Social Media Services…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Tshirt Time!

How well do I know the readers of this blog?  I KNOW yinz would want a “got sauerkraut” t-shirt.  So I found one.  Just click on the pic of it above and you can order it in one of 24 different size/color combinations!  No need to thank me. On to the…

Protecting Search by Socializing It

The way we get information will change.  Instead of primarily navigating your way through Google or another search engine. the internet will be teaming with information that you need.  It’ll all be brought to your fingertips easier and faster than it comes today.  Part of the reason for this will…

Education is a Means not an End

There has been quite a debate in IT over the last few days.  It was sparked by the often controversial co-founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook, Peter Thiel.  Thiel launced a grant program that funds college students who want to drop out of college to launch entrepreneurial pursuits. …

Business Guy vs. Engineer

When something is scarce, it’s valuable. MBA’s with buzzwords and the ability to raise a million dollars around some web idea are not scarce. They are fungible. People who understand technology and are willing to bend it to their will, on the other hand, are scarce. They can’t be found…

Make like Butter, Get on a Roll

Have you ever noticed that the best indicator of whether you’re going to kick ass today is whether you kicked ass yesterday?  When the alarm goes off and you know you have all your ducks in a row you jump up to meet it.  When the alarm goes off and…

Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t?

A company starts off scrappy, and against all odds, not only does it vanquish every startup of its generation, but it also takes the lead from the former incumbent. Then it grows big, hires lots of employees, many of them from the companies they defeated, and then are surprised when…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Miss America 1952 Edition

You never know what you’re going to find when you Google Sauerkraut and poke around a bit.  Today I noticed that Miss America 1952 was a Pennsylvania girl with measurements a little higher than most beauty queens of her age.  The reason she gave for her figure, “an incurable appetite…