- Our Web Site is a Blog (A VC) – Fred Wilson’s firm has converted its website into a blog, which might be an interesting read if you’re interested in venture finance. The site is http://www.unionsquareventures.com/
- It’s Official – It’s Rude (and other survey lessons) (The Post Money Value) – An ex-Microsoftee surveyed 25 other ex-Microsoftees on various issues related to the company.
- Corante is Not Second Class Journalism (Moore’s Lore) – Should First Amendment protections be restricted to media companies?
- Cramer Gest Prechterized (Moore’s Lore) – A loud Wall Street bull is starting to growl like a bear. which can’t be a good thing.
- Online Search Company Taps Bloggers, Celebrities to Endorse Products (PR News) – The Rollyo story.
- Who’s Connected? Companies that have their own website (bookofjoe) – Joe found some data in Financial Times that compares European countries by the percentage of companies with 10+ employees that have their own website. France is at the back of the pack with just 26.3% of companies with their own website. Joe then provides some background on why the French lag behind and compares them, unfavorably, with Argentina. Of course I could have told Joe that the reason that France is lagging is because the French are so, well, French.
- Banned Books Week – ‘Of Mice and Men’ Ranked #10 – (bookofjoe) – Here’s the money quote from this post: "She remarked that when she was a girl her mother was extremely unhappy with Winterson’s love of books and reading. Her main complaint? ‘You just can’t tell by looking at them what’s in them.’"
- Sourcing, verification, bloggers and the Times (The Editor’s Blog – John Robinson) – John, the Editor of the Greensboro News & Record is asking some good questions of himself and other media folk. If a major story came across his screen via a trusted blogger, but without sourcing would he go with the story? Probably not. But his paper did go with a major story based on a New York Times report that was also unsourced, even thought the Times has had credibility problems of late. More credit to John that he’s willing to think about this.
- Sergey Brin: The Luckiest Man in the World (Business2Blog) – Sergey Brin, one of Google’s founders, showed up at the Web 2.0 conference and said this: "The No. 1 factor that contributed to our success over the past seven years is luck."
- Research Park in W-S Meeting Goals, Slowly (Triad Business Journal) – Development of the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP) has been a high priority in Winston-Salem for years (it was launched in 1993), and though the going has been slow it is beginning to bear fruit.
- CIA Leak: Karl Rove and the Case of the Missing E-Mail (MSNBC) – Why Karl Rove has been called to appear again in front of the Plame grand jury.
- A Sunday with Book Buyers (RiverSide) – My favorite book seller, Mom, proves again who has the real writing talent in my family.
- Point Solutions vs. End to End Solutions (A VC) – Fred Wilson asks some hard and interesting questions about the future of "Web 2.0." Definitely worth a read if you’re interested in things like blogs, Flickr (photo sharing), wikis, etc.
- Should WiFi Be Public Infrastructure (A VC) – Google’s launching a free WiFi service in San Francisco and Fred thinks Verizon and company should be very worried. I hope he’s right.
- Napster: The Inside Story and Lessons for Entrepreneurs (The Next Big Thing) – Don Dodge was a VP at Napster (he now runs Microsofts emerging business unit) and he gives a brief inside look at what happened to Napster in 2000 and lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from that experience.
- Medical Data Wants to Be Free (Business 2.0) – Business 2.0 points to Fred Wilson’s blog (A VC) where he states that "[I am] convinced that we are on the cusp of a revolution in the way
medical information is collected, shared, and used…We
need control of our data so we can secure it, put it in a place where
it will be available in a crisis like Katrina, so that we can continue
to get the care we need. The public doesn’t understand this yet. But
some people do. . . . So my bet is that medical data is about to start
moving out of the hospitals, doctors offices, and health care plans,
into the hands of consumer and the intermediaries they authorize to
handle their data for them. This is a big opportunity."
- The Economics of Peer Production (Business 2.0) – Erick Schonfeld writes a very interesting "Future Boy" column about the emergence of peer production as a replacement (complement?) for companies and markets as an organizing structure in the information realm. Example of peer production: Wikipedia.
- Yahoo! Print (Business 2.0) – Yahoo1 is taking a different tack than Google when it comes to indexing and searching books. For one thing they’re concentrating on books already in the public realm.
- Networking (New York Times) – This piece ties in nicely with the "Economics of Peer Production" piece. Basically it says that the next wave of productivity improvements in business will come from the collaborative information environments (distributed networks) that businesses are investing in.
- ‘Folksonomy’ Carries Classifieds Beyond ‘SWF’ and ‘For Sale’ (New York Times) – This article focuses on three web services that allow people to self-organize based on their interests.
- The Long Tail of Social Software (The Long Tail) – New services like Ning and JotSpot offer opportunities to expand the web’s application explosion.
- Important Stock Tip (The Post Money Value) – A venture capitalist thinks the news of desktop applications’ demise is greatly exaggerated.
- Web 2.0! = A Check (The Post Money Value) – The new-new thing is getting old.
- It Just Doesn’t Matter (Patrick Eakes) – Patrick doesn’t care about major league baseball anymore (not that he hates it, he’s just indifferent), and I’m with him there. It was great seeing the Expos turn into the Nationals and see my kids and my friends’ kids really get into it. But this year’s Nationals were lightning in a bottle because they had to play with kids and re-treads and because Washington had baseball-starved fans in a long-neglected market. Once the money kicks in and the Nats begin to look like the Mets or the Braves it will be harder to get excited. From national pastime to irrelevance, what a shame.
- Blogs and Marketing (The Lex Files) – Lex Alexander points to a report on how well some ads campaigns are doing via blogs, and thinks that it is good news for the Greensboro News & Records "Hometown Hubs" effort.
- The Road to Greenville (A Little Urbanity) – Greenville, SC offers some great lessons in urban planning.
- Geeks and the Technology Feedback Filter (The Post Money Value) – Geeks have a hard time communicating in laymen’s terms, and that’s a problem.
- The Tower of Babel Has Fallen (Moore’s Lore) – Is the internet about to be broken up into "alternate, regional, and national authorities, replicating the
stupidity of the old monopoly telecomm system, and preventing all but
the elites of various nations from reaching one another?" Dana thinks so.
- Internet War Begins…in the US? (Moore’s Lore) – A private company has established its own DNS root server for a proprietary domain name. Apparently this is bad, and is a bad omen for the internet in general. I’m not smart enough to know, but I trust Dana’s judgment on this one.
- Business Blogging != Executive Blogging (The Long Tail) – If you think business blogging is all about the CEO writing missives then you’ve got it all wrong.
- Get in on the CustomScoop Blog/News Search Private Beta (MicroPersuasion) – Steve Rubel posts an open invitation to his readers to try the CucstomScoop search beta. I would have called it News/Blog since news sources are the main sources for the search, but that’s nit-picking. CustomScoop could be useful for my work stuff.
- Oodle for Local Classified Listings (SearchEngineWatch) – Oodle is a search engine for classified listings from multiple sources like CraigsList, local newspapers and the like. Worth watching.
- Q: Does Google Want to Spider Classified Ads? (John Battelle’s Searchblog) – Answer is "Hell, yeah." Related to previous link, and a big deal for anyone involved with classifieds (newspaper folks).
- Some Bloggers Meet the Bosses from Big Media (PressThink) – Jay Rosen attended a confab of prominent bloggers and big media honchos. His notes are interesting and I’ll probably write more about it after I’ve had time to digest it.
- News Meets the Global Thought Bubble (First Draft by Tim Porter) – Another participant in the confab mentioned above. I like his explanation of the "global thought bubble."
- Building the Journalism of the Future, Intentionally (First Draft by Tim Porter) – Newspapers need to get away from the passive, "news happens" form of journalism and engage in "intentional journalism."
- Copyright Scholars and Publishers Crazy Auctorial Theories About Books and Tech (BoingBoing) – This post has two quotes that highlight the idiotic, luddite stances being taken by authors and publishers in the face of new technologies’ embrace of their products. Lesson: Just because you’re literate doesn’t mean you’re smart.
- I Am a Broadband Liberal (A VC) – Fred Wilson is a liberal and proud of it. Any bets on how many comments he gets on this post?
- Wikimania (A VC) – Fred’s really liking his JotSpot wiki as an organizational tool.
- Apple Veep Responds to Blogger Outcry (MicroPersuasion) – An Apple VP responded to the criticism of the Nano in the blogosphere and main-stream media. Jeff just wishes Dell would learn from Apple.
- NYC Mayor Bloomberg Rewrites Opponent’s Blog (MicroPersuasion) – Mayor Bloomberg’s staff caught an error on his opponent’s blog and cried foul. Just goes to show that it’s not enough to blog, you must blog well.
- Seeing the Forest for the Flood (Jeff Jarvis) – An examination of the Katrina "story" and the exaggerations, corrections and perceptions that came with it.
- The Chrystal Meth/"Purpose-Driven Life" Coefficient (Freakonomics) – Did you know that the woman who was held hostage by an escaped murderer in Atlanta gave him her stash of chrystal meth after reading passages of "The Purpose-Driven Life" to him? Now that’s a strange trip.
- That’s Ridiculous (A VC) – There are some transit authorities out there that aren’t happy with an entrepreneur’s efforts to use their maps for an iPod application.
- Various and Sundry from BookofJoe (BookofJoe) – A few cool things from BookofJoe today: Erasezit Pencil, Cell Phone Voice Changer, Magnetic Bullet Holes, Hookless Shower Curtain, Security Socks (I want a pair!), Smell Killer.
- Dignity is Deadly (Creating Passionate Users) – This quote says it all: "When you evolve out of start-up mode and start worrying about being professional and dignified, you only lose capabilities. You don’t add anything… you only take away. Dignity is deadly."
- What Businesses Can Learn from Open Source (Paul Graham) – "So these, I think, are the three big lessons open source and blogging have to teach business: (1) that people work harder on stuff they like, (2) that the standard office environment is very unproductive, and (3) that bottom-up often works better than top-down."