Category Archive for: Market

Irons in the fire

The CEO’s job is to manage all the aspects of the business as well as be accountable for delivery and profitability.  The phrase comes to mind: “Irons in the fire”.  Meaning, the blacksmith literally has many irons in the fire and has to make sure that as those pieces of metal get worked, that they…

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EMI, DRM and new licenses

I’ve been getting question after question about the EMI/Apple announcement that they are going to start selling DRM-free AAC files in higher quality format.  Mostly these questions are:  1. Why is this a big deal 2. What does it mean to rVibe 3. Will this mean greater competition for Apple? Let me start with this…

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Red Herring – article

Mike Cohn clearly a very smart guy; he and I had a good conversation. I always like talking to media: Startups eye Apple-EMI pact

Wow there is a lot going on right now…

Renegotiated content deal with CDBaby to reduce cost of content redelivery.  Now we’ll be able to delivery all 550k tracks in MP3 format (320kbps) Working through Streaming license details with CDBaby – going very well Presented to Ben Franklin portfolio group for next investment – went very well Started dealing with Baker and Taylor for…

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Stuff I find – web 2.0 – silly name

Even with all the research I do on competition and emerging technologies, and all the research I have done, I constantly come across things I should have seen a long time ago.  Last night was the “Web 2.0 directory” Go2web20.net.  It’s a great resource for anyone looking for startups in the “web 2.0” space. That of course means…

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Microsoft can't beat Apple (it's not because they can't)

Of course Microsoft can beat Apple – but not the direction it’s going: consumer electronics and entertainment. And it’s simple – Microsoft has a process model that does not permit the type of innovation that would allow it to compete in the consumer space.   To figure that out, you don’t have to look any further than…

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No-DRM Yahoo MP3 'Experiment' doesn't mean anything

Yahoo and the Majors have done an “experiment” with selling files in an ‘un-protected’ (no DRM) format.  They did it a while ago, but comments of the success of the experiment have been surfacing with Jobs’recent anti-DRM declaration. That means that on the Yahoo music service – which is a subscription, MS-DRM based service, released a few Norah Jones…

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Microsoft as Innovator? Not first anyway…

Here’s why Microsoft will never be the thought leader and innovative leader they think they are (note: Competitive Advantage here for startup).  From an interview in Forbes with MS Robbie Bach:  Can we expect a Zune phone next? Right now, I can tell you that the Zune team is really focused on producing great innovation…

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Barrier to entry – differentiation & quality

As we talk to more and more investors, I am asked more and more often:  what are the barriers to entry? This question is of course standard practice when you are not comfortable in the space. So here is the thing:  in the Internet space, there are few barriers to entry now. Capital is not even really…

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What's up Steve Jobs' sleeve?

It’s all over the press and on blogs– Steve Jobs has denounced DRMand said that Apple would definitely go participate if the major labels would allow for DRM free music. I’ve already indicated where I stand on DRM – and more importantly interoperability (which is mostly Jobs’ point also), so of course I am very happy…

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