Foursquare, Geolocation and Product / Technology Fit

‘Location based services’, which map geographical position of a mobile device, use state of the art technology. But the technology behind the coordinates is really just an enabler for adoption – location based services are more of a product challenge. When they become easy and practical enough that they are really useful and sticky, they […]

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The Genius in Apple’s Vertical Platform

It’s pretty evident that Apple isn’t wed to individual suppliers. Not only are they back to creating their own chips, but they are also one of the only ‘compute’ companies to have used each of the top 3 processor architectures over time – ARM, x86, and Power PC. Apple’s DNA in this area is untouchable, […]

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Twitter’s Fear of a Meta Platform

This week Twitter made clear its choice between (1) remaining a platform play, largely helping third party developers to be successful and taking a cut, or (2) becoming a destination site, owning end-users and monetizing via some combo of ads, virtual goods etc. Why did Twitter so abruptly move toward #2? On the surface, there […]

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How Intel Screwed Itself Out Of The iPad Revolution

Intel made a couple of strategic gaffes along the way to being left out of the Apple iPad: (1) exiting the ARM-based mobile CPU business entirely in 2006 (pre-iPhone) (2) assuming that PC technology would continue to extend lower & lower into mobile devices Here is a brief history: 2005: Mini coup for Intel – […]

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The iPad and ‘Gen 1’ Products

Love it or hate it, the iPad is poised to essentially lock up the tablet category for a subtle but important reason—the iPad is not a ‘Gen 1’ technology. ‘Gen 1’ technologies are the term given to products which debut with significant newness—e.g. the original iPhone (both Apple’s first phone and first touch-screen phone). Gen […]

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The iPad will Change Education Forever

Ever since MIT’s famous OpenCourseWare initiative was launched in 2001, people have been fascinated with the power that technology would have on open sourcing of information and the democratization of education. OpenCourseWare started as MIT’s decision to open up its vast academic curricula to “any joker with a browser”. I will never forget the visualization […]

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Mobile – It’s not a U.S. Centric World

Google has a cool feature called Google Trends which allows you to look at the frequency of searches (top of the chart above) and news references (bottom portion) which occur globally. The chart above shows how often, ‘microsoft’, ‘apple’, and ‘nokia’ were searched from 2004 to present. The results are pretty interesting. Nokia is in […]

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TED Joins the Online Video War

As the battle for HTML-5 vs Flash plays out something interesting is happening in online video. Sites are proactively converting videos to H.264 for use on mobile devices. Today, Chris Anderson of the much lauded (or hated if you weren’t invited) TED.com sent this Tweet showingthat videos are now available in H.264 for the iPhone. […]

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Nokia’s Strategy: Dumber Phones, Smarter Websites

Yesterday Nokia acquired Novarra, a company that makes browser technology for low-end mobile phones. While Nokia’s exact strategy is unknown, they said Novarra will be used to deliver new services to mainstream Series 40 devices later this year. Series 40 is what powered old-school candy bar Nokia phones that everyone in the US used earlier […]

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The Math and Psychology Behind Group Buying

Josh Kopelman, a partner at First Round Capital, recently wrote a post entitled Change is coming to online shopping in which he argued that disruption is finally poised to return to e-commerce after a decade of relative stagnation (Josh knows retail—he sold half.com to Ebay during web 1.0). His thesis: Real time marketing and targeting […]

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