Archive for the 'Weblogs' Category

Welcome, VentureBeat!

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Matt Marshall just launched VentureBeat an hour or so ago:

Welcome to VentureBeat — the successor to SiliconBeat!

VentureBeat’s mission is to provide news and information about private companies and the venture capital that fuels them. People are at the heart of this project. VentureBeat will be a resource for entrepreneurs and other interested professionals facing some the biggest decisions of their careers.

VentureBeat will focus initially on Silicon Valley, and gradually, when possible, expand to cover innovation hubs around the globe.

What’s interesting here is the fact that a project which “began as an experiment” two years ago — a blog covering the startup and venture world of “this fascinating place we call Silicon Valley” — has now turned into a startup of its own.

Good luck, Matt!

By the way, having lived here for over a year now I think I’m slowly starting to feel the itch, too…

My tagroll

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Finally, my tagroll is available on my blog. Roll your own here.

Blogging Beirut

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Mario Sixtus: Blogging Beirut

Worth a read. Something about how this war is going is very wrong. Of course, the subtleties and the complexities and the overall sick twistedness of this conflict seem to escape most of the prime time television news media. Once again, the only valuable insights I’ve come across so far have been on KQED public radio.

My gut feeling tells me that the vast majority of people in the Middle East probably don’t want war. They don’t want their sons and daughters to get killed. They don’t want to lose their homes. They don’t want to flee their cities. Their desires are nothing out of the ordinary: health, small dreams, a future. Somehow, they keep getting screwed.


Saturday, June 10th, 2006

I caught this nice little piece of conversation between Mike Arrington and Gil Penchina where they talk about Flock (towards the end of the latest edition of Talkcrunch: Episode 8 - Gil Penchina On Leaving eBay for Wikia, starts at 24:00 minutes)

Gil: In terms of a smaller company that I’m pretty passionate about I have to say Flock ranks up there as probably my favorite early-stage company. Bart, who is the CEO, was at Mozilla and was, you know, looking around going “Boy, here’s a foundation that’s doing something really amazing but all these companies keep coming and trying to partner with us and they can’t because we’re a foundation. So, I’m gonna go off and build a commercial open-source browser and be more partner-centric,” and Flock has built an incredible product and they’re actually, you know, beta testing, you know, the next version right now. So, you know, Flock has built a great browser, they have created quite a following, they’re very partner-centric and have been partnering with a number of people. And, you know, my map is that the browser business needs… to be successful in that business you need a 4-5 percent share. And that on a 5 percent share of the browser business Flock can go public. So yeah, I’m pretty bullish on a company that has to lose to be able to go public.

Mike: So I’m running the current version of Flock on my Mac, and it’s amazing. I mean, it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s a completely different product than it was in the fall…

Gil: Oh yeah.

Mike: … when I liked it as well. But, you know, the ability to interact with Flickr and with… and I haven’t even used the blogging part of it [...] but the rest, just an absolute pleasure to use and I can’t wait for them to launch and I think they are going to do it in a week or two.

Gil: Yep, yeah, it should be, they were, you know… should be any day now — so you have the new version that has the picture integration and all that?

Mike: Yeah.

Gil: Yeah, it’s really cool.

Mike: It’s really cool, yep. So… I’m looking forward to that launching.

Gil: I’m very bullish on this one…

It’s even more cool when you listen to it. To me, there is so much Silicon Valley in that little piece of chat I don’t even know where to start.

Anyway, my point is: I’m back to Playing with Flock.


Thursday, June 8th, 2006

A year ago, I finally got around to start blogging. It’s been a rewarding experience. Interestingly enough, most of my postings this past year have been on Germany (at least according to my own folksonomy). Seems like I’m still somewhat attached. So it’s only natural for me to start a new blog, focusing entirely on this particular country: Startupgermany (in German)

Startupgermany will focus on the future made in Germany as well as the web-based tools we can use to harness citizen wisdom.

I believe there is great potential in the internet as a way to leverage citizen input that has yet to be fully discovered. I’m also an optimist and believe that the problems we’re facing can actually be solved. At least I haven’t been convinced otherwise.

So watch out for some knowledge-sharing, problem-solving, consensus-building stuff over there.

Technorati and AP partner

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

This could be big: Technorati and The Associated Press team to deliver up-to-the-minute blog post links to AP hosted online news stories

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, San Francisco, CA – Technorati, Inc., the leading authority on the global blogosphere, and The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news organization, have announced an agreement to provide up-to-the-minute links helping readers navigate between AP news coverage and recent blogs about stories on AP’s Hosted Custom News service for Web sites.

When readers visit an AP member Web site that uses AP Hosted Custom News, they will see a module featuring the “Top Five Most Blogged About” AP articles. This module is dynamically powered by Technorati and within it, the reader will see links to a Technorati page that guides them to recent blog posts about that specific AP article. Additionally, when readers click on an AP article, Technorati will deliver “Who’s Blogging About That Article,” a listing of blog names with the date and time recent posts were made. The new functionality will be available to the more than 440 AP member Web sites in the United States that take AP’s Hosted Custom News.

Via Marshall: Associated Press partners with Technorati

Enterprise adoption of Web 2.0 collaboration

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Interesting discussion:

Structured blogging website available in German

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Visit or read the launch announcement: ist online! (in German).

German startups Plazes and OpenBC are both among the list of the supporters for the structured blogging initiative.

I admit I have yet to give it a try, though. Oh well, one of these days.

Further sign of blogs growing up: Scoble to moderate comments

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Robert Scoble, from his blogging hiatus, realized that too many “unhappy” comments were too much of a burden and has decided to implement a change in comment policy.

And I realized I had been listening to too many people who were deeply unhappy and not bringing any value into my life.

It was that moment that I decided to moderate my comments here. Yes, I am now approving every comment here. And I will delete any that don’t add value to either my life or the lives of my readers.

This is a huge change for me. I wanted a free speech area, but after having a week off I realize that I need to make a change. That, I’m sure, will lead to attacks of “censorship” and all that hooey. Too bad. I’m instituting a “family room” rule here. If I don’t like it, it gets deleted and deleted without warning — just the same as if you said something abusive in my family room I’d kick you out of my house. If you don’t like that new rule, there are plenty of other places on the Internet to write your thoughts. Start a blog and link here. Etc. Etc.

Still not the best solution though totally understandable. Maybe we need a FICO score for comment karma.

Mentally naked

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Nice idea to help promote web standards and accessibility. While I won’t have time today to tinker with this site I shall definitely do so mentally.