background preloader


Facebook Twitter


Help. Friends. S Miscellany. INTERVIEWER You talk about exploring and experimenting under prevailing conditions.

s Miscellany

If the studios are in control, will they let that happen? SOUTHERN They’re relenting all the time, because they’re losing ground. Television is the thing, you see—its existence puts movies in a position of having to do something different. In five years television screens will be half the size of a movie screen, they’ll occupy a whole wall. And people will just sit there. . — Paris Review - The Art of Screenwriting No. 3, Terry Southern. Tmurphy's posterous - Home. 10 lessons from a failed startup. A year and a half ago, my co-founder Dev Nag and I started an internet TV network for games called PlayCafe.

10 lessons from a failed startup

Our ambitious plan was to run highly interactive game shows in which everyone was a contestant. Players could watch our hosts, answer questions, win prizes, form teams, call our studio, live chat, and run their own games. It was a huge undertaking, but despite great engagement — users watched for 87 minutes per session and 40 percent returned within a week — we didn’t reach enough users. We may revive it in the future, but for now, we’ve placed the site in hibernation and returned remaining funds to our investors. What follows is a post-mortem of what we did right and wrong and how we will improve next time. 1.

Next time, we’ll focus on strengthening our network of investors who are comfortable at the earliest stage and invest quickly, even if they don’t have a high profile (as long as there aren’t red flags). Lesser-known investors also often have more time to give you. Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang. They have new powers.

Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang

They are backed by powerful companies. And they are starting to organize. No, I’m not talking about the latest episode of Heroes. I’m talking about the people formerly known as your customers. You may be asking, “What powers do they have? I’ll be glad answer that. They are powerful.