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Testing Zooomr Upload capabilities

August 6, 2006

A favorite photo of mine… At Stanford before the fireworks

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Design Candle: 7 wicks ambiance light – for sale $29

April 4, 2006

Candle-backCandle-frontThis candle is double sided and makes a nice center piece on a table. It is an original design, imported from Argentina.

Dimension: 11" x 13" x 2"

Expires: April 15, 2006

Price: $29

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Design Candle: 7 wicks ambiance light – for sale $29

February 27, 2006

Candle-backCandle-frontThis candle is double sided and makes a nice center piece on a table. It is an original design, imported from Argentina.

Dimension: 11" x 13" x 2"

Expires: April 15, 2006

Price: $29

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2005

Spending New Year's eve with friendsHave a happy, healthy, etc etc. New Year! 

AAAAAAAAaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhhh: my TypePad blog is down – again

December 16, 2005

And two of my recent (highly trafficked) posts have disappeared since Six Apart has had to kick-in backup tapes that are a few days old. I know, understand and appreciate that shit operational issues happen, but this is really becoming annoying.

And for some reason, I don’t even have a copy of these posts in the Ecto cache that would allow me to publish them here as well.

Note to Om: this has not been Memeorandum’ed because we can’t publish on our blogs!

Bummer.

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Don’t blame entrepreneurs to base their business model on advertising…

November 16, 2005

when you get headlines like this one.

Note: I have also published this piece on my WordPress.com account since I can’t access Typepad to post it on Software Only. Sounds like the technical problems and scaling issues aren’t quite solved yet… And I know that no-one is reading that blog, but hey – publish or perish :-).

We all know that ad spending is cyclical, and startups need to have revenue sources that are less prone to going up and done like a roller coaster. Just as an example, John Battelle during the November session of the Search SIG shared with the audience that the Industry Standard went from a $260M revenue run rate to $47M in one quarter when Bubble 1.0 exploded.

In that context, MarketWatch’s Frank Barnako had a catchy headline for his column this morning: Advertisers’ growing Net appetite shows. The most interesting, and concerning (?), bit was:

Sales of online advertising are so strong that some Web sites are sold out and taking orders 18 months in advance. “We have a supply issue,” Joanne Bradford, chief media revenue officer for Microsoft’s MSN, told the Wall Street Journal. Rising demand is allowing major Web portals to raise their ad rates. Several told the Journal that they’ve increased prices as much as 20% this year. MSN, owned by Microsoft Corp. said it charges as much as $1 million for an ad that lasts 24 hours on the site. “It’s starting to get into Super Bowl territory,” said Sean Finnegan, U.S. director of OMD Digital, a division of ad-agency giant Omnicom Group.

The Web’s multimedia capabilities are driving demand for broadband placements. “We have ad agencies telling us, ‘We’ll take every impression you can give us,’ ” said Wayne Gattinella, president and chief executive for WebMD Health. The president of the industry’s Interactive Advertising Bureau said media buyers are able to make rational judgments to justify online spending. “In 1999, there was no research and people were chasing fear and greed,” Greg Stuart told the Journal. “Now, there’s good data, plus marketers have their own real experience.”

Obviously, not every online property is as sought as MSN (or Yahoo, or MySpace,…) and I would venture that this overcapacity of ad inventory is only limited to the top Web properties. At the same time, it is clear that web sites, services or communities able to attract and serve a specific audience will get favorable response from direct advertisers interested in reaching and engaging that audience.

Busted!

August 30, 2005

Hmmm, nobody was supposed to make its way to that test blog yet, but I have been busted.

Can’t hide in the blogosphere :-P.

Even worse: Jeff Nolan, who’s moving  to WordPress (here), just linked to me here…