Running a startup feels a little like hang-gliding…

Generally speaking boot-strapped start-ups are all between 60 days and 9 months from guaranteed bankruptcy, and at the same time about to shoot up the hockey stick and make hundreds of millions in revenue.  Of course, neither is actually true, but when you are constantly looking at your financial reports and projections, it’s hard not…

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Social Networking Marketing is not free or easy…

Social networking is not free – not when you have to pay people to do it….

I was wondering when Grooveshark would get sued….

And it happened. Reports are coming (WSJ) in that EMI is suing Grooveshark for copyright infringement. I have a fondness for Grooveshark – they had a model super similar to ours at RVibe for p2p legal desktop sharing.  Except that where we did file validation and restricted downloads to explicitly licensed tracks (but not non-interactive streams),…

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Songkick – just another UGC site, but for music

I guess that title could point to lots of stuff.  But here is another version of a social network for music.  This time it seems like Digg Meets Delicious, Meets YouTube, Meets Last.fm, Meets Jambase, Meets BroadJam. Wait, now that I say that, don’t Jambase and BroadJam and Last.fm do basically the same thing already,…

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On a new tag line for our company

How does an internet company pick a tag line?

Getting back to blogging….

After an extended absence, I am back to blogging – we’ll see if I have anything worthwhile to say in the days to come.

Sonific goes under – more on the way I am sure

well, Sonific is closing its doors.  And I have to say, I’m not suprised.  There are a large number of startups doing the user upload thing to try to avoid the copyright infringement issue, but the record labels are starting to take a more aggressive stance against them and against linking companies like Seeqpod. The…

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The missing link in internet pure plays – customer intimacy

When you look at business operating models, there are generally only three from which to choose:  Operational efficiency, Product innovation and Customer intimacy.  To understand these, it’s effective to look at three companies that exemplify these models: Operational efficiency:  Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart’s goal of lower pricing is driven by operational efficiency. Down to prioritizing their long-haul…

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MySpace mobile – competition

Well, I’m not going to pretend that it doesn’t make me nervous, but MySpace just announced their MySpace Music application.  In essence it will allow users to download/stream tracks from artists pages and user pages and allow people to share playlists. There will be a download piece and an add supported free stream piece. Now,…

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Process: "Fundraising is wretched"

When thinking about anything that has any kind of process around it, I generally take the stance of:  the process around something serves a purpose in some capacity;  it may not be a process that serves me well and my engaging in the process may not feel efficient or nice, but the process is efficient…

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