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: 2012

Internet Mobile

just.me in Japan

I am in Japan for the first half of this week. I am doing a Keynote at Sunbridge Global Ventures Innovation Weekend, and yesterday briefed the Japanese Tech press about the soon-to-be-launched just.me. We previewed the Japanese version of the IOS app. The response was nothing short of … wow! Here are some screen shots.

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Archimedes Labs Internet

M.dot joins Archimedes Labs

Archimedes Labs just announced that it has invested in the team at M.dot M.dot is led by Dominik Balogh and Pavel Serbajlo. As the piece on Archimedes web site states: M.dot’s vision is that all businesses can be Mobile accessible and discoverable. The platform allows businesses to create, maintain and promote their mobile presence, all from a smart phone app. In many ways M.dot is similar to the web creation and hosting companies that have served individuals, small and medium businesses and other groups during the web’s growth era from the mid 1990s to today. M.dot’s difference is that it

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Archimedes Labs Internet

Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble, Meet Heckerty!

Broomstick Productions is Archimedes Labs latest portfolio company to launch into the world. Jan Ziff and Allan Davidson have a very special person in their life – Jan’s Mom. Or, because – like myself – Jan is from Yorkshire in the North of England, I should say Jan’s Mum…..   Jan’s Mum had the very special privilege of telling stories to the children of Prince Charles, either the future King of England or at the very least the father of the future King of England. During her stint at that very unusual job she developed the character of Heckerty(TM) the

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Archimedes Labs Internet

Blurtt launches in the app store

I first met Jeanette Cajide early in 2011. She was a founder at Blurtt – a company that was then focused on delivering a web based photo-upload service, permitting users to send printed postcards of said photos to friends via mail. A few things were quickly obvious.   1. Blurtt is a great name, but not for sending postcards. 2. Mobile is the right place to develop what Blurtt could be. 3. Blurtt should let people Blurtt things out….. 4. Combining images with text produces a very powerful means of communicating emotion-rich messages. 5. Jeanette is a force of nature

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Facebook Features Google Mobile

The impact of mobile growth on web advertising. Is Android bad for Google?

Google and Facebook can’t turn off the mobile deluge I just posted on TechCrunch. The article focuses on the Facebook S1 filing and in particular on the risks section that covers the growth of the mobile internet and its potential impact on the web business model. Facebook itself has been very clear that its advertising revenues are exclusively derived from its web site, and also that an increasing amount of its usage comes from mobile in general and smart phones in particular. Buried in the article is this point: Google’s present – and Facebook’s future – involves the painful fact that

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