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Greycroft Partners LLC
- HuffPost investment
and paidcontent
portfolio / sold
privateequity  venturecapital  vc  tuki 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Notes on Leadership // ben's blog
So what makes people want to follow a leader? We look for 3 key traits:

The ability to articulate the vision
The right kind of ambition
The ability to achieve the vision

A better definition comes from former Secretary of State Colin Powell who said: “You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you anywhere if only out of curiosity.” For our purposes, we can generalize this to be the measure of the quality of a leader: the quantity, quality and diversity of people who want to follow her.
entrepreneurship  leadership  CEO  business  management  people  tuki  vision  Intel  Apple  stevejobs 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Come to TechCrunch Edinburgh, 12 May 2010
Confirmed investor guests include: TTP Ventures, TRICapital, The Entrepreneurial Exchange, Silicon Valley Bank, SigmaCapital, Seraphim Capital, Seedcamp, Scottish Equity Partners, PrioryHouse Ventures, Pivot Capital Partners, Pentech Ventures, Par Equity, LINC Scotland, Kelvin Capital, IQ Capital Partners, Hotspur Capital, Frontier IP Group, Elvingston Science Centre, Balderton Capital, Archangel Informal Investments, Angels Den, Amadeus Capital Partner, 4iP and numerous individual Angel Investors.
vc  venturecapital  uk  tuki 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Greece gets a third angel investment fund courtesy of Virtual Trip Group
vhg Athens-based Virtual Trip Group has announced plans to start an angel investment fund through its subsidiary Virtual Trip Holdings SA. It will be focused on ‘innovative startups’ from Greece and abroad, and will be the third angel investment fund in the country following OpenFund and Driin Ventures.

What we know so far is that they’ll target investments of between €50.000 to €200.000 for an equity stake of around 35-45%. And while it can certainly be argued that this may not represent the best available deal out there, if we take into account the financial difficulties Greece is facing, it’s an offer that many startups could find both useful and necessary in order to stay out of the deadpool.
angelinvestors  angelinvestor  uk  europe  seedfunding  venturecapital  vc  tuki 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Moai Capital Group
Moai Capital Group is providing seed funding (usually €50-250k) to companies operating in real time media, SaaS, cloud computing, mobile advertising and similar sectors. Pre-revenue stage companies are OK, as long as they have a business model that works and potentially can get to big figures in terms of user base. Mentorship and strategic support are part of the investment, as well as marketing and biz dev advice. The company is accepting new applications on its site.
venturecapital  vc  earlystage  seedfunding  europe  uk  tuki 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
EVCA :: Entrepreneur Search ::
Find Private Equity or VC or Seed in Europe
tuki  vc  venturecapital  europe  list  EVCA  NVCA 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
New York Times Reports Q1 Profit, Digital Ad Revenues Now 26% Of Total
Noteworthy: online advertising revenues now make up more than a quarter of the company’s total advertising revenues: it rose to 26 percent in the first quarter, up from 20 percent in the year before and 23.5 percent in the third quarter of 2009.

The company’s Internet businesses include,, and other Web sites. In the first quarter, total Internet revenues increased 15.5 percent to $90.4 million from $78.2 million, and online advertising revenues increased 18.3 percent to $80.0 million from $67.6 million.

Internet advertising revenues at the News Media Group increased 11.2 percent to $46.9 million from $42.2 million due to strong growth in national display advertising, while classified advertising is still hurting.

Read more:
nytimes  tuki  advertisement  advertising 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Bill Gates Talks About How To Change The World (Live Video)
He begins with a rhetorical question: “Are the brightest minds working on the most important problems? Probably not.”
billgates  tuki 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
YouTube - Scobleizer's Channel
Gear6 is company specializing in memcache optimization.
Like Cloudera with hadoop - distributed storage
hadoop  memcache  mysql  architecture  database  tuki 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Will AOL and Demand Media’s Content Farm Strategy Prevail?
This is why folks like Slate’s Farhad Manjoo have ripped Demand Media to shreds, echoing the fact that its content is good enough to get indexed on Google’s search results but bad enough to induce users to click on a Google ad and go elsewhere (thereby generating revenue for Demand). That might actually have been one of the nicer things said about the company.

Online Content is Art and Science
Making sure it’s SEO friendly is also important, but in a world where content is shared through social networks, it needs to strike a chord with audiences, be it readers, listeners or viewers. Video, in particular, is not even really properly indexed on search engines, so an SEO-centric strategy might be useless to begin with. I’ve covered what makes video get discovered before.

But as much as venture capitalists don’t like to hear this, no amount of science will remove the art that is publishing, or the emotions that fuel marketing decisions.
ugc  aol  eHow  demandmedia  media  content  tuki  video  text  slate  strategy  monetization  blogging  SEO  production  publishing  publishing2.0  distribution 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Crystal English | About
For 10 years, I've been making national TV commercials as well as integrated digital and print campaigns. Before embarking on my freelance career, I was lucky enough to work with the nice folks at Venables Bell & Partners, TBWA Chiat/Day, and Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

In my free time, I shoot pictures, make wine under the label Lowercase Wines, and volunteer in the Amazon rainforest where I learned to skillfully wield a machete.

When not hanging with Capybaras in the jungle, I've created fun stuff for: Intel, Audi, HBO, The Obama Campaign, Barclays, and many others.

I grew up in seven countries on three continents and have a degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where they train spies and diplomats. I leave it to you to determine if that’s relevant.
design  designer  tuki 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Launch: OpenSky Wants To Turn Bloggers Into Sellers Without Sacrificing Their Souls
. “Ecommerce revenue is catching up with ad revenue and is on track to exceed it this year,” reports Wohrle, who reviews cosmetics and “anti-aging” products.

The bloggers are selling the products themselves and readers can make their own judgements about whether or not they are hucksters or genuine. The hucksters will lose their audience (and their souls). The authentic ones will grow their audience and get rich telling them what to buy.

Or at least that’s the story John Caplan is selling.
blogging  blogosphere  ecommerce  affiliate  tuki  audience 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
A Conversation With Brad Garlinghouse, AOL’s President Of Consumer Applications
One of the things that I think is part of the change at AOL is an understanding and focus about what we are and what we are not. AOL isn’t confused about the idea, ‘hey, we’re trying to be a social network.’ We’re not. We’re trying to create more social experiences by partnering with players who are very, very good at what they do. I don’t think all our competitors have gotten that same message that, hey there’s some very powerful and very good at what they do players, and I mean, particularly Facebook and I think we take a point of view as evidenced through AIM that, great. How do we partner with Facebook? How do we help Facebook? And how does that help AIM and how does that help the user? Lifestream clearly is another example of that.

- looks like they do now take partnerships seriously -
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good bc as ecosystem grows, it becomes more important
to keep eyeballs as new properties and buildings rise to the sky
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AOL  change  management  strategy  strategy-making  turnaround  leadership  partners  partner  tuki 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Murdoch Finalizes Paywall for Two British Papers -
The Wall Street Journal, also owned by News Corp., The Financial Times and Newsday all charge for access. The New York Times has announced a plan to do so. Each has a payment system developed largely __in-house__.
paywall  rupertmurdoch  newscorp  tuki 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Seth's Blog: Driveby culture and the endless search for wow
Culture has been getting faster and shallower for hundreds of years, and I'm not the first crusty pundit to decry the demise of thoughtful inquiry and deep experiences. The interesting question here, though, is not how fast is too fast, but what works? What works to change mindsets, to spread important ideas and to create an audience for work that matters? What's worth your effort and investment as a marketer or creator?

The difference this time is that driveby culture is both fast and free. When there's no commitment of money or time in the interaction, can change or commerce really happen? Just because you can measure eyeballs and pageviews doesn't mean you should.

In the race between 'who' and 'how many', who usually wins--if action is your goal. Find the right people, those that are willing to listen to what you have to say, and ignore the masses that are just going to race on, unchanged.
tuki  culture  advertising  publishing  publishing2.0  internet  marketing 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Technofile Europe: Scoring my 2009 predictions
Ad-supported digital media sites will see a massive shake-out – few generic newsletters or blogs will survive. NOT YET. Undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of small web sites have died (who noticed?), but even established ones like continue to limp along, bleeding cash. More high-profile disappearances are on the way. But the most unexpected development in late 2009 was the decision by big media to try to reverse the tide of free content and re-establish payment models. The shake-out continues.
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Ev Williams: Twitter’s First Principle, “Be A Force For Good”
helping others succeed

EW: There are two types of entrepreneurs. What drives me is creating things that didn’t exist before. Your product or service should be at the end of the sentence: “wouldn’t it be awesome if…”

It’s creating new stuff versus extracting from old stuff. There are people who look at money as the goal versus the teams. I create businesses to make new things. It’s a fuel for creating more things in the world. I’ve been lucky to stumble upon things that have helped change the world.

Create something you want to exist in the world. Another is focus. Many people are trying to do a lot of things when they should be doing one thing. You may be wrong with whatever you’re trying out, but you’ll try other things.
twitter  entrepreneurship  evanwilliams  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  advertising  advertisement  businessmodel  tuki 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Can Katy Perry stop EMI going to America for a song? | Business | The Observer
a plan to buy EMI, Britain's flagship music company, using billions of pounds of borrowed money, many wondered how he could possibly make a decent return on his investment. As it has turned out, he couldn't.

Some big acts, including Radiohead, have already left, muttering that the money men simply didn't understand the music business.
EMI  debt  schaeffler  continental  musicindustry  finance  LBO  consequences  recession  greatrecession  uk  kateperry  radiohead  tuki  music  internet 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Andreessen’s Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”
Oh, and he points out, that the iPad will have a “fantastic browser.” No matter how many iPads the Apple sells, the Web will always be the bigger market. “There are 2 billion people on the Web,” he says. “The iPad will be a huge success if it sells 5 million units.”

As technology becomes ubiquitous, it goes mainstream.

Yes, there are still a lot of people and money in those boats—billions of dollars in revenue in some cases. “At risk is 80% of revenues and headcount,” Andreessen acknowledges, “but shift happens.” You’d have to be crazy to burn the boats. Crazy like Cortes.
iPad  tuki  newspapers  journalism  media  innovation  print  marcandreessen  nytimes  mediachange  advice  comment  opinion  technology 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Zynga’s chief designer shares tips learned from social games | VentureBeat
The pillars of success are play (having something fun to do), express (a way to share your success with others), and invest (to do things in the game that will pay off in the future). If a player is successful with a game, they gain social capital because their real friends will see how well they are doing.
tuki  zynga  gaming  facebook  design 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
20+ more mind-blowing social media statistics | Blog | Econsultancy
The most recent figure of blogs being indexed by Technorati currently stands at 133 million. The same report into the Blogosphere also revealed that on average, 900,000 blog posts are created within a single 24-hour period.
blogosphere  socialmedia  statistics  facebook  blogging  twitter  internet  tuki 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
YouTube - TWiTwitter #5 with Alana Joy
minute 20 ... ongoing.
tangible, measurable.
minute 38 ... branding.
twitter  tuki  gowalla  foursquare  gametheory  brand  branding  strategy 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
This Week in Review: Surveying the online news scene, web-first mags, and Facebook patents its feed » Nieman Journalism Lab
Several of the sections spurred their own discussions, led by the one focusing on the social nature of online news. GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram has a good summary of the study’s social-news findings,
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Schumpeter: The emperor's clothes | The Economist
But the obstacles in the way of the heroic media mogul are especially big. Advertising is swiftly migrating online, and moving away from media companies as it does so. The internet retains the power to disintermediate (that is, bypass media firms by bringing products straight to consumers) and de-aggregate (turning albums into tracks and newspapers into articles). Few have worked out a way of making money from putting content online. Nor is it clear that a willingness to spend on media-playing devices is a wholly good sign. Consumers bought lots of iPods in the past few years. But they did not spend much money on music.

And there is always the threat that media moguls will go on another buying spree. The industry has a history of splashy mergers and acquisitions, particularly involving technology outfits, which end up destroying value. So let the content cocks crow. But if they start talking about synergies, run for the hills.
conglomerate  tuki  newscorp  newspapers  media  newspaper  M&A  nbcuniversal  comcast  internet  economics  trends  trend  content 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Why I Hate Micropayments - Rita McGrath - Harvard Business Review
It all comes down to how the payment link of customers' consumption chains fits into their total experience. iTunes, Amazon, and the cable companies have figured out how to make the payment experience either seamless (Amazon and its one-click process), transparent (Apple's iTunes — you know exactly what you're getting for your 99 cents) or inescapable if you want to get other things done (cue the phone and cable companies). No micro-payment system I've investigated has achieved either seamlessness, transparency, or inevitability. No standard perceived value has emerged for a piece of web content. And don't even get me started on the need to enter credit card info, passwords, secret codes, and captcha entries before you get anywhere. Micropayments in their current form are an irritating interruption, not something a consumer participates in either gladly or grudgingly.
micropayment  micropayments  tuki  payment  payment-system  payments  paywall  paypal  product 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
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