Feb 282011
 

When people tell friends about products and services that turn out to be crappy, the relationship suffers, trust is eroded away. That same erosion of trust happens to companies that associate with or promote low quality products and services (ads).

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Ads like those pictured above are not doing readers any favors. One might even say, ads like these damage the brand of The Wall Street Journal.

*The screenshot of ads above were from the right sidebar of the Wall Street Journal website on 2/28/2011 at 12:15 P.M. EST.

Feb 232011
 

 

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The above screenshot is from iTunes. This is a very large iPad app download. Didn’t think it would take an hour to download using Comcast broadband Internet. It’s after 11 PM EDT on a Wednesday. Might pause and restart the download to see if it gets a burst of speed.

Feb 222011
 

That’s why some people say that anyone who joins a company before they raise money is a founder. In other words, anyone who joins the company before the stock has value to a third party, is considered to be a founder.

via Are founders really 1000x more valuable than employees? – Venture Hacks.

Was previously unaware that this was the case. Certainly to join a venture that has not raised funding can be and is risky. Perhaps it is this risk of it falling apart and building a product or service from a value of $0 that makes one a founder as part of joining the team early.

Feb 172011
 

In Tokyo, the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom “expat apartment” as defined by ECA – roughly 80 square meters, a palatial for most regular Tokyoites — came to $4,352 in 2010, according to the report. The figure for Moscow was $3,500, followed by Hong Kong’s $2,830, London’s $2,824 and Singapore’s $2,810.

via Yen Keeps Tokyo Rents Highest in World for Expats – Japan Real Time – WSJ.

According to Google, 80 square meters is about 861 square feet.

The price per square foot per month is $5.05. On a yearly basis the cost per square foot is $60.66

Feb 152011
 

And, if the tales of Facebook and Google are any indication, the new champions of education might not be a McGraw-Hill or Blackboard, but a couple of intrepid tinkerers toying around with their new tablet.

via Apple’s iPad Officially Passes the Higher Education Test [Exclusive] | Fast Company.

Imagination + Technology + Action (can) = Amazing Success

*Read the full article in Fast Company.

Feb 132011
 

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It’s almost like clockwork.

Follow, no reciprocity, unfollow

Follow, no reciprocity, unfollow

On and on the strategy goes.

Where is that Fake Follow feature Mike Arrington talked about?

Feb 092011
 

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The screenshot above indicates that both Groupon and Living Social are targeting the Detroit market where I live. Looks like Groupon prefers the terms “Detroit Coupons” and that Living Social prefers “Detroit Deals.” It is unclear what keywords Groupon is using. Perhaps their AdWords budget for the day was expended and not reset for the new day. Seems odd that they did not come up in any of the searches. Living Social came up as the top ad or the only ad on four variations of those search terms.

Example Google searches for those terms

Detroit Coupons

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“Detroit Coupons”

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Detroit Deals

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“Detroit Deals”

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