1/29/13
Posted at 19:07h, 29 Jan 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, Warning: We're on the soap box this week: Michael Arrington posted this about journalistic integrity: Truth, Money, Right, Wrong. The issue is that CBS, which own c|net, is dictating policy and according to Arrington, journalists have rules “designed to ensure their objectivity and impartiality.” As if that concept exists anymore in a world of ‘All the news that we see fit to print.” It was social media and the online press that organized to defeat (at least for now) PIPA and SOPA. And this from Yahoo! News: Press Ignores Lives Saved Because Of Firearms, Says CCRKBA “In the month following the tragic Newtown school shooting, more than 65,000 people used firearms in self-defense, yet the national news media has virtually ignored this important aspect of gun ownership.” And lest...
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1/22/13
Posted at 19:07h, 22 Jan 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, A brief history: Web 1.0 was the age of the information highway. Remember, there was no there there, and that’s what we were building, and bringing eyeballs online. Web 2.0 is the social web, where people connect and interact. The cost of building and hosting websites dropped, and so went barriers to entry. The Lean Movement was born and the concept of the MVP – minimum viable product. Eyeballs were still the currency of the day. Now we’re in the Age of Mobility – face it, we’re all on smartphones and/or tablets and many of us work out of co-working spaces, from home or remotely. The mindset is changing: online, in all of its iterations, is here to stay, but eyeballs will get you just so far. Welcome to the Smart Movement, and isn’t it about time? Want to build an app? Make sure it’s something people will want to pay for – or at least offer a premium version as well, and make the value add worth paying for. Building something with a recurring reven...
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1/15/13
Posted at 19:06h, 15 Jan 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, Not the usual newsletter this week, as we were greatly disturbed to hear of the passing of Aaron Swartz (RSS feed, Reddit) by his own hand. Most of you have already heard about it. He was 26 and facing criminal charges that might have led to his being incarcerated for more than 30 years, $1 million in fines and exorbitant legal bills to fight the charges, which were deemed outrageous by industry experts. Swartz’s family issued the following statement: "Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney's office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims." No one was hurt; no damage was done; no money changed hands. In fact, JSTOR, from whom he allegedly stole the more than 4 million artic...
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1/8/13
Posted at 19:05h, 08 Jan 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, It’s that time when everyone is making prognostications about the new year, and it’s something we tend to studiously avoid. This year, we’re making an exception, given what we’ve been seeing lately: - Fred Wilson touting the enterprise as the New Black - Fred Wilson pointing out that he’d made no investment in 2012 (his associates did) - The claims that Series A is dead – or at least a lot harder to get to (The Series A Crunch Survivor’s Guide. Just in case: http://bit.ly/WpO5WW) This will be the Year of the Entrepreneur and we’ll explain: For years, VCs have invested in companies that have gotten high market awareness/traction in a very short amount of time and were seeing huge valuations on their investments, never mind that the companies were not making a dime, or at best, barely enough to cover operating costs. Fine, but at some point, entrepreneurs must realize that a startup is a compan...
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