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Web 2.0 Failures: Less Painful

Fred Wilson and Paul Kedrosky are blogging about Web 2.0® failures.  Paul is talking about the lack of failures to date and Fred is suggest we wait, they’ll come.  Fred explains that it takes time to fail, perhaps 12 to 18 months just to run out of cash.  John Battelle notes that Web 2.0® companies […]

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Jeff Clavier - The Web 2.0 VC!

Earlier this summer, during the World Cup, I had the chance to spend some time with Jeff Clavier.  He invited us to his home to talk about Big in Japan and our hope was to get to know him better.
He was super busy (four offering memorandums were sitting on his kitchen table waiting to be […]

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Web 2.0 Positioning

Just as we dropped Web 2.0 from our vocabulary Aman Batheja decided to write an article on Web 2.0 companies in North Texas. He interviews Southlake’s hottest Web 2.0 company: Blinksale (Josh Williams’ startup), as well as Charlie Wood from Spanning Partners (not sure what they do yet - I will investigate), Miles Sims […]

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Web 2.0 = jumped the shark. . .

I think May 24th, 2006 will be the date that everyone decides that the term Web 2.0 is tired and should be taken out behind the woodshed and shot.
Why the 24th?  On that date, CMP working with O’Reilly Media sent a cease and desist letter to IT@Cork claiming they own […]

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The opposite of what entrepreneurs need:

My venture wire alert came this morning and I got a chuckle when I heard that 25-year-old Brock Blake started a company to help entrepreneurs meet angel investors. He holds “speed pitching events” and charges $500 to $1,000 to attend. He also helps entrepreneurs make videos of their pitches and posts them online […]

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Big in Japan: irezoomy!

Irezoomy is the latest tool under development in the Big in Japan toolkit.  Think of it as your social tattoo.  Check out the latest update on the Big in Japan blog.  Thanks to Merlin Mann for coming up with the name!

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Ninja Branding

Who knew ninjas would come back as big as they are today.  Ask a Ninja, a favorite around our office, is the subject of Pete Cashmore’s post titled, “Branding 2.0 - Ask a Ninja.”  He has some interesting insights into “how smart individuals are building global brands with zero marketing dollars, simply by leveraging existing […]

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Open Source Culture

Dawn Foster, who writes Open Source Culture, wrote an interesting post titled, “Hippies, Open Source and Web 2.0.”  She commented on the interview Brian and I did with Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur.  She talks about how open source has influenced the current web 2.0 culture.  Good read, check it out.

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Fostering Entrepreneurship in India

Norwest Venture Partners is leading the path for many U.S. investors to India’s door.  Instead of investing in companies doing business in India, Norwest is increasingly focusing on doing deals directly with entrepreneurs in India.  This focus is backed up by their tenth fund ($650MM).  Norwest partners have been travelling to India at least six […]

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Inside the Net Interview

Brian and I spent more than 45 minutes talking to Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur from This Week in Technology about Big in Japan, Microformats, Agile Development and the new Web 2.0 style of cooperation. You can listen to the interview on the Inside the Net Podcast No. 17 or subscribe to the […]

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Wiki Startup Raises $4MM Series A

The usual suspects in the Web 2.0 space, Bessemer Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, Marc Andreessen, Dan Gillmor, Reid Hoffman, Joici Ito and Mitch Kapor funded Wikia, Inc. (previously known as Wikicities).
Wikia uses an ad supported Freemium business model.  Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley started the company in 2004 to provide community-based wikis inspired by Wikipedia […]

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European Web 2.0 Startup Receives Funding

Netvibes announced seed funding by Index Ventures, Marc Andreessen, Pierre Chappaz, and Martin Varxavsky. The company provides a fairly popular (over one million home pages have been created) Ajax home page product. Mike Arrington calls Netvibe “a Web 2.0 Company [he] couldn’t live without.” The company is located in Paris and London. […]

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WTF Russell Beattie

I just spent a few minutes reading the lastest post from Russell Beattie titled "wtf 2.0." He spends 15+ paragraphs ranting about how "The worst thing about all the Web 2.0 hype is the complete loss of business perspective."
I guess I am not sure what all the fuss is about. I am not […]

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Blogging business raises $12MM on $100MM pre-money

The 800 pound gorilla in the hosted blog business, Six Apart (I used their TypePad product for MSR), raised $12MM in their Series C financing.  Om Malik suspects that the pre-money climbed north of $100MM.  The investors have not been disclosed, but Om suspects that one of them might be Intel.  Six Apart is being […]

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Central Desktop Free Version

Isaac Garcia, the CEO of Central Desktop, sent me an email today indicating that the free version of Central Desktop for business teams was available. (I met the Central Desktop team at the Web 2.0 conference)  Check it out here. 
 

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