Thursday, February 28, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
IPO vs. Acquisition, Band of Angels vs. Tech Coast Angels, Facebook vs. MySpace, Stanford vs. CalTech, Polished vs. Scrappy, 3rd time CEO vs. 1st time CEO, 10M Pre vs. 3M Pre-Money Valuation are some of the many common characteristics of Bay Area Companies vs. Southern California Companies. However, Southern California is catching up to its big brother and now accounts for two-thirds of the state's GDP, making it the 15th largest economy in the world? In 2007, the region saw the second highest level of capital investment in the U.S. (beat only by Silicon Valley) with 1.10 billion invested over 66 deals, the first time investments have topped $1 billion in a single quarter since 2000, reports VentureOne.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Is contextual advertising starting to lose some steam? I have always assumed that most quality content publishers know exactly who their potential advertisers are and should sell ads directly to them for lots of reasons. If AdSense pays publishers on average $.25 cents per click, could you sell it directly to the advertiser for $.75-$1 profitably and provide more value? I would like to find a company that provides the best click management software to the small publisher and helps us get back to the basics of business and building relationships. I am looking for a software as a service company and not an ad network or ad server. Don't ask me how does it scales or makes money either as I want to solve the problem first. I think in the next couple of years we are going to see a lot of successful companies built that attack entrenched businesses that use the KISS philosophy. Keep it simple software or stupid.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
A real opportunity is finally emerging for a disruptive ad solution and not an ad network that focuses on enabling publishers to sell ads direct to advertisers. Google Ad Words has conditioned lazy ad agencies, publishers & advertisers to rely on content network syndication that has zero transparency. I believe good content attracts good advertisers and a simple solution is needed to manage these direct adverting relationships. Below is a overview of the current online advertising world if you are unfamiliar with this complex and often confusing industry.
From: openads, 3 days ago
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Range of and capacitiy have been major limitations for existing cell tower solutions. I am not an engineer but it would seem that if a cell down can only reach customers over a few square miles than the technology is probably old. I have heard Wifi and Wimax tests have proven to work up to 100 miles. I also know how to make a phone call using VOIP. So if you add 1+1 together you get a Wifi / VOIP mobile phone. Is it going to take an innovator like Google to enter the wireless carrier business before existing carriers will wakeup and invest in the future? Google does know how to provide a good service to its customers and monetize that experience through advertising profitably. Why can't the same be done with free mobile phones?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This chart alone should tell you how much impact the Federal Reserve has on the overall economy. The Fed can obviously influence banker...
A stealth internet advertising / publishing renaissance is quietly happening in Southern California 10 years after the dot com bubble ...
Angel investing in startups is probably the most challenging form of private equity there is. Having been involved with the Tech Coast Ang...
This is a story of my first channel crossing on a paddleboard in the Catalina Classic race Sunday, August, 29 2010. 32 miles of open oc...
Google Removes Its 'Last-Look' Auction Advantage. The "last-look" advantage Google’s ad server gave to Google's a...
Why are Australia and New Zealand bound flights taking off to the East at LAX between 10pm-12am and sometimes later? Loud low flying plane...
The Western Conference NHL has clearly been beating up on the Eastern Conference in the first 22 games of the season.
Map of Google search terms on election day: Long wait times, provisional ballots, inactive voter status, voter intimidation, voting machin...
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A Baseball Diamond On The Beach in Santa Barbara? Wow!