Yesterday I wrote some early thoughts on progressive business. I finished the post by wondering whether we are seeing the start of a trend towards doing business in a better way and how far those changes can go.
The change to progressive business is multi-faceted and whilst we can see that if something is [...]
Fred Wilson wrote yesterday about changes in the consumer web and their implications for startups. Frist he observed that the large platforms (Google, Facebook, Amazon, MSFT, Twitter, etc) are ‘starting to suck up a lot of the oxygen’ making it ‘harder than ever to build a large audience from a standing start’. Secondly, he [...]
Disintermediation is one of the oldest stories of the internet. From the 1990s onward people have been making the obvious case that the internet is a revolutionary communications platform that can remove the middleman and his cut from all sorts of transactions leaving the parties on both side of the deal to share the [...]
Back in September Y Combinator founder Paul Graham wrote an essay about growth. The central point of his essay is that startups are all about growth and that is the one thing they measure at Y Combinator. According to Paul most startups should look at revenue growth, but active users is a good proxy [...]
I like open systems. Always have, and probably always will. It’s partly because open-ness begets more innovation, partly because open systems are easier for startups, and partly because I don’t like the way companies that dominate closed systems bully the other participants. The last two points are illustrated well by Apple’s recent ejection of [...]
As you’ve probably seen Amazon announced a slew of new devices yesterday, no smartphone, but their four new Kindles have been well received in the blogoshpere, particularly the Kindle Paperwhite and the new Kindle HD, both of which have got me excited.
Perhaps most interesting though is that once again Amazon is playing the [...]
I’ve been meaning to write a post on freemium since reading Alan Patrick’s When freemium fails, and doesn’t last week.
The point of Alan’s post is to say that whilst having a freemium business model works for some companies it is not as widely applicable as everyone (including me) thought a couple [...]
I’m a big fan of simple charging models. I’m at LeWeb London right now listening to the CEO of Evernote who describes his business model as direct – he only makes money off his users and then only if they use the product (for those that don’t know Evernote operates a freemium model where [...]
The excellent, but paywalled, Lex column in the FT has an interesting article today which speculates on how Microsoft will price its forthcoming releases of Windows 8 (tablet edition) and Microsoft Office. Software prices are dropping and the importance of local operating systems and having locally installed productivity software is declining which makes the [...]
There is a post on Techcrunch this morning titled: Jim Gaffman Releases His Own, All-New Special, Cutting Out The Middleman, which makes Gaffman the second major US comedian to go direct in recent weeks. I’ve said it before and I will say it again now: I think we will see more and more of [...]