Month: September 2010

FourSquare Recommends, Facebook Sits There

Foursquare announced last week that they’d start recommending restaurants based on your location and previous check-ins.  Perhaps this is a logical extension of the service that doesn’t surprise many, but I find it interesting for one reason; it brings together the social and algorithmic aspects of the web so well….

Keeping Up With All The New Funding Models

A few months ago I outlined a report card that could be used to assess a startup ecosystem’s progress.  It broke up a startup ecosystem in to five categories; funding, talent, direct needs (infrastructure), environmental essentials, environmental factors.  Needless to say the largest factor is funding, representing 45% of the…

Twitter Finally Hits the Mark on Advertisement

Before today I was aware of two different attempts to make money on the Twitter platform through advertising.  The first was in stream advertisements from celebrities through ad.ly, which I said in February had too huge flaws; it was too celebrity based and based on the same concepts as interrupt…

The Steelers and Good Business Models

I always say that in investing you want to buy stock in a company that has a business that’s so good that an idiot can run it, because sooner or later one will. -Warren Buffet The startup is a wonderful thing, when a company has 3 or 5 or maybe…

How Hard is It To Market on Social Media?

If you want to know how hard it is to market on social media, the best place to start is to look at how badly the experts are failing. I am looking for a mindless television show to replace Law & Order (sorry, too many cast changes) as my go…

Million Moderate March

I’ve got to tell you, it’s the first time I’ve ever considered driving to DC for a political rally… The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Rally to Restore Sanity www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Hunch Finds a Correlation Between Revenue and Data

Dixon says that the company spent the first year or so after launching in learning mode, building out the data and finding connections. Now they have enough data, and 20 billion “connections” to be confident in making recommendations to people on just about anything at all. Did you know that…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Monday Morning Breakfast Edition

I didn’t get to Sauerkraut Sunday yesterday because of an absolutely ridiculous day of work and school.  For the same reason I’m here at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport 2 .5 hours before my flight.  Unfortunately, unlike the helpful McDonald’s in the B Terminal of the Pittsburgh Airport (conveniently located right next…

PodCamp Pittsburgh 5

In case you’re not aware of it, PodCamp Pittsburgh is online this year!  I’m planning on watching some of the sessions online and there are little chat rooms, so join up even if you (like me) can’t physically attend.  I’ll probably be paging in and out as I work from…

The New Twitter, Google’s Platform and Some Real Competition for Facebook

When it became clear that Google was going to protect there search empire by (trying to) establish a foot hold in social media, a friend and I had a bit of a hypothetical strategy discussion… imaginary Larry to theoretical Sergey.  My suggestion to Google, buy Twitter.  Why?  They know not…