Investment banking firm Arma Partners has an excellent white paper:
“The Internet is currently in a “Back to the future” phase. Occasionally we have to pinch ourselves to make sure we´re not reliving a dream from 1999. Today, Internet companies are cropping up again by the thousands; numerous companies are being bought out by high-flyers and bricks-and-mortar companies. Even the VCs are muscling back into the risk game. (…)
This paper looks at:
- the current state of the Internet
- some of the driving forces behind it, including technology, socio-cultural forces and economic changes
- the implications of technology standards, such as RSS/Atom, AJAX and SOAP
- the long-term potential of these technologies on content creation, distribution and aggregation
- the global geographies, which represent dramatically different penetration and adoption rates, income levels and demographics.”
caterina says: It’s a terrible time to start a company. Why?
- Everybody else is starting a company.
- Your competition just got funded too.
- Talent is scarce again.
- You can’t operate in obscurity anymore.
- Web 2.0 isn’t all that.
- There’s too much going on.
Justin Hibbard and Heather Green from BusinessWeekonline wonders whether the Web 2.0 VC/startup mania is similar to 1998:
“Although no one agrees on the precise meaning of Web 2.0, its ideology holds that a second generation of Internet companies will improve on the groundwork laid by the first generation. Like the New Economy and other theories that accompanied past bubbles, Web 2.0 maintains that we have entered a new era in which the rules are different: Net startups no longer require lots of capital, they can build cheaply on Net infrastructure that didn’t exist 10 years ago, and a critical mass of consumers is now online. “
Andy Butt has a nice slideshow about Web 2.0.
Brian Morrissey about a new Forrester study: “Just 13 percent reported using blogs or social networks in marketing, and 49 percent said they had no plans to do so in the next year.”
Carol Krol from BtoBOnline on blogs and other forms of social media are attracting more notice among business marketers:
“Novell said it currently has three strategic blogs: PR Blog, CTO Blog and CMO Blog, in addition to numerous employee blogs. The blogs enable Novell to converse with the external world, and that means both positive and negative feedback comes through (…)”
An article by Donald L. Laurie, Yves L. Doz, and Claude P. Sheer in HBS Working Knowledge about a study how executives of twenty-four successful companies achieved organic growth over time:
“The answer: by creating “new growth platforms, on which they could build families of products, services, and businesses and extend their capabilities into multiple new domains.” “
This is a follow-up to the post “7 Reasons Why Web Apps Fail” from Josh Porter’s bokardo.com-blog:
“I have focused on reasons made prominent by the current situation we find ourselves in: with extremely low barriers to creation alongside an explosion of social web applications. This combination is interesting and we´re seeing the evolution of social software in near real-time. “
“7 Reasons Why Web Apps Fail” from Josh Porter’s bokardo.com-blog. Among them:
“Instead of trying to solve more than one, focus like gangbusters on one problem and really nail it. If you think about the successful web apps out there right now that have garnered impressive mindshare, it should be easy to line up the one problem (or activity) they really get right.”
The article “Web 2.0 for Designers” from Richard MacManus & Joshua Porter has six main themes covering design in the Web 2.0 world:
- Writing semantic markup (transition to XML)
- Providing Web services (moving away from place)
- Remixing content (about when and what, not who or why)
- Emergent navigation and relevance (users are in control)
- Adding metadata over time (communities building social information)
- Shift to programming (separation of structure and style)