Creativity and intellectual curiosity

There has been considerable discussion on a number of blogs about age and entrepreneurship. Some have come down on the side of younger (20-30) is better and some have come down on the side that older (30-40) is better. My take is the importance of intellectual curiosity filtered through experience and neither of those are necessarily age…

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Blue note as a social network site

While may people say that Web 2.0 is fading (at least in its glitter), to me this is an indication that it’s still just starting.  Now, I am not sure what Blue Note is going to do is a good idea, but it does say something interesting. In short, Blue Note is creating a Social…

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Point Juncture, WA

In designing rVibe, I really saw it from a music discovery, social networking and give-back perspective. I wasn’t sure how that would affect my discovery, but it already has. One of the gripes (for as good as they are) I have always had with services like Pandora, or MyStands is that they typically show you…

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Universal to remove DRM – time to reach out again

We met with the digital group at Universal well over a year ago and they were totally into rVibe. They approved our model and we went to business review. The big hang up we all wound up having however was DRM and they insisted on it. Well, that and they needed a hefty upfront payment. Now…

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Beta requesters – hang in there please!

Well, although we have over 10,000 myspace friends, we have not activated them and have done no other advertisements. We have not added del.icio.us or stumble upon or digg links to the website or anything. For all intents and purposes we have done no advertising in anyway shape or form. Oh – and our brochureware…

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I can't wait for the next two releases

There are many many moments when building rVibe is challenging (at best).  The notion of a roller coaster is way off base – unless roller coasters go up to the moon and back. But everyday I am thankful that I have the opportunity to work this project and make it what it is. And I…

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Taming out accounting structure

In a standard eCommerce retail environment for accounting you have product, cost, retail price, and profit. When a consumer purchases an item, they typically pay the retail amount of the product at the time of purchase. The retailer then collects that amount, keeps the margin, pays (if they have not already done so) the supplier…

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release strategy?

The notion of planned releases for Internet software seems to be fading fast. Well, at least from a user perception standpoint. When was the last time anyone really noticed that YouTube updated their site? It’s to the point that sites that announce an update seem to be antiquated. And for fat clients that seems to…

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Technical/User Strategy

It’s no secret that rVibe leverages p2p for delivering content and driving cost savings, and it should also be no surprise that we’re working to drive additional p2p support in our application.  We’d like to get to full functional decentralization with only a centralized authentication and authorization index server, but I don’t think that’s likely…

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Organizational design

In reviewing our operations, I thought I’d just mention our organziational framework. We’ve organized ourselves around our business practices. That said – we also have an overlay structure with a product and customer focus.  Meaning, here are the four practice areas (and organizational structure): Technology Content Marketing Operations (financial, legal, organizational) Our focus areas are:…

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