Avoiding busy user interface design

I have seen so many websites and applications that are clutteredwith stuff or excess content that they become virtually unusable. Application clutter is one of my big pet peeves in UI design. It’s easy to see how that happens. When you have so much content you want the user to see and easily get at,…

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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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Brahms Voilin Concerto in D

From the first moment I heard the Brahms violin concerto in D, I loved it. Brahms offers an incredible look into strong string writing with enormously strong melodic writing. And although Brahms is very conservative in his structural language, I don’t think people don’t give him enough credit for his midground chromaticism – he gets short…

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Piracy as a market measure

We all know that the music industry has dramatically struggled with music piracy on peer-to-peer networks over the last few years and blame their revenue decline on all that illegal activity.  We now see that 25 million Americans download priated movies as well. Here is the thing about piracy people just don’t seem to realize.…

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MusicNet – what's to become of DRM?

To sell content to consumers, you have to have a license from the content owner.  I’ve already posted about how that works, here and here. However, since that is no small feat and not cheap and the infrastructure/bandwidth is expensive, etc etc, there is a clear market need for companies like MusicNet. MusicNet provides content delivery…

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A very positive VC encounter

Did a phone call with Sierra Ventures today; the most refreshing VC I have ever had. The timing, tone and temper were all pitch perfect and it appeared he felt the same way. It felt like we were on the same page about the capital strategy, the launch strategy and the platform strategy. Also nice…

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Engaging EMI

I met with EMI today and it went well. We have had an on-again/off-again relationship over the last year and a half, but we’re finally getting to a place where we can move forward. Our phone call went over the normal stuff – what our service is, what it does, who are demographic is and what…

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"me too" – differentiation – branding?

I’ve been thinking about our brand a lot lately. And thinking about its place within the overall digital music market and thinking about differentiation via brand (as opposed to functionality). One of the things about the big consumer digital music market:  it’s big and there is lots of competition. For the most part, they all…

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Originate Ventures – not a match

Just finished the VC presentation to Mike Gausling. They are not going to invest due to risk – specifically around Major label licensing. Same stuff we’ve been hearing. The meeting went like this: They were running 1/2 hour late. Entered the “large” conf room in the BF incubator, handshakes all around. Passed out copies of executive…

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Originate Ventures – presentation on deck

I am currently waiting to do our presentation for Originate Ventures. Originate is Mike Gausling’s new VC fund and appears to be a good match.  As I understand Mike, he is a very operational oriented guy with a sharp eye toward margin.  I hope he also has a sharp eye on sales volume…. Deck is…

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