I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Month: November 2005


VeriSign-ICANN Proposed Settlement discussed in Vancouver

Unfortunately I cannot be in Vancouver for the conference. I write this from Cape Town, venue of last years fall ICANN. I want to disclose a couple of things upfront. Those who know me will know I am nothing if not strongly independent in my views. However disclosure helps those of a more suspicious mind know my associations and if they choose to, take them into account in interpreting my opinions. 1. I sit on the board of SnapNames. I can’t think of any conflict this gives rise to, but in the highly charged atmosphere surrounding this discussion I felt

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Easynet acquired by BSkyB

I have been meaning to post on this for a while and didn’t do so because I wanted to wait for the dust to settle. This seems like a good time. My old company Easynet has been acquired by BSkyB for something around $375m. I was co-founder of the company, in 1994, with my friend David Rowe. David remains CEO. I left about 12 months after our IPO, in 1997, to start RealNames. Firstly, congratulations to David and his team. But especially to David. He is an incredibly focused entreprenuer who, despite the market cap getting up to $2 billion

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Teare Family,

Cape Town

I take the family to Cape Town each year around Thanksgiving. We have a home here – in St James, overlooking the Indian Ocean. My Wife, Gené is South African and the children’s grandparents and an Aunt live here. This year is no exception and we set off on Saturday morning at 5.30am. We arrived in Cape Town (via New York; Dakar; Johanesburg) on Sunday evening at 10.15pm local time (12.15pm Pacific). I have set up call forwarding of all my home phones to Skype (Skype in works great here; my number is +1-650-557-2086). I have also brought a Vonage

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realnames Search, Strategy

Beattie on RealNames

Russell Beattie ay Yahoo has a lengthy post about RealNames. It’s a generous and thoughtful piece. Thanks for the link Russell. There are a couple of things worth knowing. Firstly RealNames didn’t really crash in the bubble. At least not directly. We were profitable and growing fast (about 120% a quarter back in Q1 2002. Secondly, we had an awesome business model. Resellers all over the world were selling Keywords. Most uptake was in China, Korea and Japan where we were the only way to make local languages useable as navigational addresses. We had pretty strict controls on ownership but

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Archimedes Labs Google Strategy Web 2.0

Google launched Dbase, circa 1985, but with less functionality.

Google launched GoogleBase last night. What a disappointment. Whilst Google Reader clearly points to somebody at Google “getting” the importance of edge published content and real-time indexing, GoogleBase is a throw back. Basically a dumb flat-file database system for the world to throw content into. It’s actually embarrasing for the whole of Silicon Valley. I know insiders who desperately do not want their name associated with it. Can’t say I blame them. Not to be abusive but why would millions of people who run web sites, and databases, and blogs, suddenly feed stuff into GoogleBase (an act of duplicating their

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Web 2.0

Microsoft announcing “Live” software and http://www.live.com is live

A website – http://www.live.com – just went live. Bill Gates is keynoting and Mike Arrington, Dave Winer and Dan Farber are blogging. I was just messing about and tried live.com. Wow! I think Microsoft is about to launch live.com as an MSN replacement? Check it out.. Later.. not an MSN replacement. A complementary service. Ad funded. And there is more. Check this out. Windows Live is the new moniker.

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