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.

Category: Archimedes Labs

Archimedes Labs chat.center Facebook Mobile

Dear Zuck, Fuck!

I hope you don’t mind me calling you Zuck. We barely know each other, although I did once bump into you whilst walking in College Terrace in Palo Alto. The thing is, Mark feels too familiar, and Mr Zuckerburg way too formal. Besides I am a veteran entrepreneur and you are way younger than me so Mr feels, you know, a bit much. Zuck feels just about right, and the good thing is it rhymes with fuck! — which is really pertinent given what I am about to say. Well, Zuck, it seems as if your Messenger team has been closely watching what

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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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announcement Archimedes Labs Internet

Quixey adds Eric Schmidt’s Fund and Archimedes Ventures to investor line up

Yesterday, Bay Area start-up Quixey announced that Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors fund had invested in the company. I’m pleased to say that along with my partners in Archimedes Ventures we have also joined the roster of investors in the company. All the best to Tomer Kagan and his team as they execute. The technology they have built is state of the art. Their team is fabulous. The world is theirs to grab. Exciting times. Sign up for the beta here TechCrunch story here GigaOm story here.

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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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Archimedes Labs EarningsCast Features Internet Strategy TechCrunch Web 2.0

An Awesome web 2.0 post

Fred Wilson has an awesome post covering what is novel and new about web 2.0. Posting, subscribing and tagging are all discussed. Fred’s views mirror entirely what Mike and myself are discussing at Archimedes Ventures, and a little in public at TechCrunch. We have also experimented a little at EarningsCast. Try a search for the tag “earningscast” at Technorati – here . We have a major project close to beta that embeds this philosophy deep within it’s genes. Fred, we love ya man!

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