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In many of the conversations I have with my entrepreneurial friends, I see a common question coming up again and again – “As a startup, how can we arrive at the right price for our products and services?” In a recent such conversation, my friend, a founder of a Boston based startup, gave some examples of startup pricing mishaps. In these cases the companies revised their prices (upwards) and as a consequence got a very bad press. He observed, “Even the slightest mistake we (startups) do on pricing gets noticed both by our customers and the press.” Last year I took the Pricing class, one of the sought-after entrepreneurship classes at MIT Sloan, taught by professor Catherine Tucker ( http://cetucker.scripts.mit.edu/ ), an expert on pricing. For the past few months Prof.
Posted by Tom Foremski - March 17, 2011 As our lives become increasingly digital curation tools can provide a good way to document our activities, capturing a snapshot of key events and moments. For example, the South by South West Interactive conference that is winding down in Austin, Texas attracted a lot of people, sharing lots of ideas, conversations, product launches, and more.
Last week, we reported that Yahoo! was selling Delicious for a reported $5 million. Strong rumors are continuing to swirl, with Business Insider reporting that the deal, codenamed “Project Dragon,” is closing in at only $1-2 million. So while the numbers aren’t set it stone yet, it seems obvious that the sale is actually happening. While no one has spoken about who’s buying it, eyes are looking at StumbleUpon , who recently crossed over the 27.5 million stumble mark and just added a $17 million round of funding to its wallet.
Posted by Tom Foremski - March 17, 2011 Investment banker Kevin Covert is increasing staff at his company, Covert & Co, up to prepare for an M&A bonanza in Silicon Valley. He says that the conditions are great for M&A especially in new media.
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The personal web publishing boom has led to an information explosion. It’s a data free-for-all, and it’s just beginning. Andrew Blau is a researcher and the co-president of Global Business Network in San Fransisco. Blau has foretold the changes in media distribution and content creation.
There are a lot of interesting angles to the news this morning about The New York Times’ new paywall. Top news will remain free, a set number of articles for all users will remain free, there will be different pricing tiers for different devices , NYT is fine with giving Apple a 30 percent cut, etc, etc. But to me, the most interesting aspect is only mentioned briefly about halfway down the NYT announcement article: all those who come to the New York Times via Facebook or Twitter will be allowed to read for free. There will be no limit to this.
Our attention is the only valuable resource we personally produce without training. It is in short supply and everyone wants some of it. Since its production is severely limited while everything else is becoming abundant, this scarcity is the foundation of the new economy. Yet for being so precious, our attention is relatively inexpensive.
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The Professional Mentor Application is open today. Apply now ! TechWomen mentorships will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area in October 2013. Each Emerging Leader will be assigned two distinct types of Mentors: one Professional and one Cultural. Professional Mentors
By Therese Poletti , MarketWatch Therese Poletti/MarketWatch The old Furniture Mart complex, in a blighted stretch of Market Street, is called a candidate to attract Twitter and other growing tech firms. SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — San Francisco’s commercial real estate market is seeing its first positive occupancy trends in three years. The key factor?
Information is Beautiful on books everyone should read. Click image for graphic Do Top 100 Books polls and charts agree on a set of classics? I scraped the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100's.
At South by Southwest Interactive 2011 in Austin, Texas this week, 4chan founder Christopher Poole (also known as "moot") took the stage to talk about various online issues. One of these was how important anonymity is on the Internet and how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't get it. "Mark Zuckerberg has kind of equated anonymity with a lack of authenticity, almost a cowardice," said Poole.
Tweet Pin It Tweet At my favorite panel thus … At my favorite panel thus far at SXSW “ Brave New World: Debating Brands’ Role as Publishers ,” moderator Tom Ashbrook of NPR set the stage for a tense discussion, warning the front row that “after the prep call for this panel I thought about getting you splatter guards.” With marketing budgets and traditional journalism shrinking, it’s no surprise that the value of brands taking an editorial approach to building a content strategy – becoming both a publisher of original content and curator of news and stories across the Web – is hotly discussed. Is curation counterfeiting? Can consumers distinguish branded content from true “objective” journalism?
Posted by Tom Foremski - March 14, 2011 I've been intrigued by Iceland and its large reserves of geothermal energy, which is essentially zero-carbon power; and by its location: mid-Atlantic between North AMerica and Europe. You'd think this would make it a great location for large server farms, especially since it now has high speed trans-Atlantic data links.