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.

Year: 2008

Features Internet Strategy

De-portalization and Internet Revenues I

I am re-posting this from the edgeio blog. Mainly because I think it has current relevance and will in future have historical value. I’m not certain the edgeio blog will continue to exist, so this is the new home for the post. Since it was originally written we have seen the rise of Adbrite, Glam, Sugar Publishing, Digg and other businesses based on understanding the proliferation of publishing, reading habits, and advertising away from the big portals. I also note that Chris Anderson of Long Tail fame commented on the post, something I failed to notice originally. So, here is

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Internet

fotonauts in the wild

In spite of Mike banning us from competing for any of the prizes at TechCrunch50 (due to my shareholding in both TechCrunch and fotonauts and so a perceived conflict of interest) Jean-Marie Hullot, David Rosenblatt and I had a great time at the event last week. We showed the world fotonauts for the first time, launching the private beta of the Mac and Windows application and the web service. To top it all CNet (which had no conflict) put us in the top ten companies from both TechCrunch50 and DEMO. You can see Jean-Marie’s 8 minute presentation, sign up to

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Internet

Is it me or is the Beijing 2008 Olympics Medal Table being “Americanized”?

Ok, I became a US citizen last week and there is a danger, amidst all of the patriotic outpouring that is the citizenship ceremony, and the frenzy of Phelps generated nationalism, that in response I am over-compensating. In other words I may be seeing devils where there are none. However, what I am about to show you seems, on the face of it, a cheap attempt to make the US Olympic effort seem better than that of the host country, China. Here is the official medal table from the Olympic Committee’s official web site: Now, look at the NBC version

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M&A Strategy TechCrunch Web 2.0

Technology Blog Valuations – Getting to be Real!

Update 2:Rafat has a comment to this post pointing out that by just looking at paidcontent.org I am doing the valuation of ContentNext a disservice. Of course he is quite right. ContentNext has other sites and also events. It is also true to say – although Rafat doesn’t – that valuation has many variables, including the quality of the people etc. Rafat is very good at what he does and he has a great team. So … fair point Rafat. In my own defense, this post is not intended to be a scientific analysis of valuation. I did a “back

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Features Internet

OpenID and Data Portability

Nicolas Popp – a leading advocate of Open Identity and data solutions – posted on his VeriSign blog today following the rather heated discussions that have ensued since Google announced its Friend Connect product recently. Nico’s employer – VeriSign – along with Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, AOL and others, is a member of the board of the OpenID foundation.Nico’s primary argument (emphasis mine) is that: Undoubtedly, data portability is the natural child of federated identity (more on that in a future post). Personal and social data are an important part of any consumer identity’. Like identifiers, credentials and profile attributes, social

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Keith Teare,

Marc Canter is on a roll

I just looked at my WordPress dashboard and noticed that Marc Canter had linked to me. Curious, I clicked to see what Marc (who is always interesting) had been up to. Wow! What a nice surprise. Not only did he describe me as one of the: Major players and people to watch and listen to: which is always great for the ego :-). But he has written an awesome series of posts about the emerging trends in data, architecture, and users. Here is the post I read first, but it is part of a series entitled “How to build the

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