Social Network Valuation

With thousands upon thousands of social networks already launched, and more coming in the ongoing social network wars what are reasonable valuations? Is this irrational exuberance? Will the companies that buy them ever make their money back? MySpace was acquired by News Corp for $580m in July 2005. Facebook sold 1.6% of its shares to … Continue reading “Social Network Valuation”

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With thousands upon thousands of social networks already launched, and more coming in the ongoing social network wars what are reasonable valuations? Is this irrational exuberance? Will the companies that buy them ever make their money back?

  1. MySpace was acquired by News Corp for $580m in July 2005.
  2. Facebook sold 1.6% of its shares to Microsoft for $246m in October 2007.
  3. Bebo is being acquired by AOL for $850m, the announcement went out today.

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The Impact of Bandwidth Costs

Bandwidth costs greatly impact profit margins of organizations that deliver enormous amounts of data. Several products and services that are immediately impacted by bandwidth costs are:

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Bandwidth costs greatly impact profit margins of organizations that deliver enormous amounts of data. Several products and services that are immediately impacted by bandwidth costs are: Continue reading “The Impact of Bandwidth Costs”

Reduce Platform Switching Barriers

The computing platform is what matters. It’s one thing if you’re the big fish with THE platform. But what do you do when you’re the small fish, your competitor already owns the dominant platform, and has millions of customers? How do you switch customers to your platform? Answer: Reduce the platform switching barriers. However, it … Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

Platform Edge

The computing platform is what matters. It’s one thing if you’re the big fish with THE platform. But what do you do when you’re the small fish, your competitor already owns the dominant platform, and has millions of customers? How do you switch customers to your platform? Answer: Reduce the platform switching barriers.

However, it may be more difficult than you think. I find it difficult enough to switch phone carriers. Maybe not, necessarily, for myself, but I find it difficult to get all my friends to switch with me. The benefit of a platform is exclusive lock-in. The benefit of getting your friends on the same phone carrier is free mobile-to-mobile chatting. Can you convince all them to switch again and again? Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

Apple’s Strategy is to Partner with Leaders

People seem to think Apple is a big, risk-taking company. That is true, but the risks they take are calculated ones. The switch from IBM PowerPC to Intel x86 chips was a big risk at the time — given the possibility of alienating Apple’s customer base. The risks to branch out their product line from … Continue reading “Apple’s Strategy is to Partner with Leaders”

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People seem to think Apple is a big, risk-taking company. That is true, but the risks they take are calculated ones. The switch from IBM PowerPC to Intel x86 chips was a big risk at the time — given the possibility of alienating Apple’s customer base. The risks to branch out their product line from the Macintosh to the iPod, iPhone, and AppleTV were big changes. But even though these were game-changers, they still fit within Apple’s core competencies. So, while Apple takes some big risks in some areas it is also conservative in others. Continue reading “Apple’s Strategy is to Partner with Leaders”

The Resiliency of Online Advertising

The online advertising market is now finally mature. When the Internet and Web first rose to prominence in the Great Dot-com Bubble of 1995-2001, advertising was everywhere! Even annoyingly so, with pop-ups, advertising bars, etc. Have we returned to the same advertising “irrational exuberance” just 7 years later? Will the advertising market stay or will … Continue reading “The Resiliency of Online Advertising”

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The online advertising market is now finally mature. When the Internet and Web first rose to prominence in the Great Dot-com Bubble of 1995-2001, advertising was everywhere! Even annoyingly so, with pop-ups, advertising bars, etc. Have we returned to the same advertising “irrational exuberance” just 7 years later? Will the advertising market stay or will it implode? Continue reading “The Resiliency of Online Advertising”

OpenSocial – Social Unification

Google laid the hammer down by announcing OpenSocial. For those out there that thought that Facebook was the next big thing and would lead to Google’s eventual downfall, think again. Google has done it again by strategically abstracting themselves from the social network wars.

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Google laid the hammer down by announcing OpenSocial. For those out there that thought that Facebook was the next big thing and would lead to Google’s eventual downfall, think again. Google has done it again by strategically abstracting themselves from the social network wars. Continue reading “OpenSocial – Social Unification”

10 Ways To Go Viral

We’ve all seen it before, a small company comes out of nowhere and takes the world by storm. Within days everyone seems to know about them. How is this possible? Many times this happens by accident, but other times, it has been carefully planned out to go viral — spreading the news like wildfire.

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We’ve all seen it before, a small company comes out of nowhere and takes the world by storm. Within days everyone seems to know about them. How is this possible? Many times this happens by accident, but other times, it has been carefully planned out to go viral — spreading the news like wildfire. Continue reading “10 Ways To Go Viral”

Google Worth More Than Rest of The Big Web Combined!

Google’s market capitalization makes it worth more than the rest of the Big Web combined! Here are some rough calculations and ball-park figures:

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Google’s market capitalization makes it worth more than the rest of the Big Web combined! Here are some rough calculations and ball-park figures: Continue reading “Google Worth More Than Rest of The Big Web Combined!”

The Platform Is What Matters

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Continue reading “The Platform Is What Matters”

What’s Your NEW?

The New. It’s what everyone is talking about, and can’t get enough of. It’s as if all of us, all of humanity cries out, “What’s next?” We want the “NEW”! And I won’t lie. I do too. I have this innate desire to try, experience, even help create the “NEW”. So when you see Colbie … Continue reading “What’s Your NEW?”

The New. It’s what everyone is talking about, and can’t get enough of. It’s as if all of us, all of humanity cries out, “What’s next?” We want the “NEW”! And I won’t lie. I do too. I have this innate desire to try, experience, even help create the “NEW”.

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So when you see Colbie Caillat (YouTube clip) and hear how her Dad told her to be original, “Write your own songs, create your own flavor, that’s the way you are going to make a name for yourself,” and then not only does she follow her father’s advice and write her own music, lyrics and notes, and launch an MTV career on MySpace with a hit song called Bubbly; she is the NEW. When you see person after person step forward and accomplish such feats, you can’t help but ask yourself, what “NEW” could I do? Continue reading “What’s Your NEW?”