26 January

Duke Chronicle Writes About beRecruited’s Growth

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Yesterday, the Duke Chronicle (Duke’s daily newspaper) released an article about beRecruited’s growth and the 2,000,000th recruiting connection we recently passed. While the article has some inaccuracies, it was quite gratifying for both Russell Cook and myself to have been written about (unsolicited by the way!) by our alma mater’s paper… after all, it was […]

26 January

Reminder: San Francisco Entrepreneurs Kick Off Event Tomorrow Night

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 I am starting a new project called sfEntrepreneurs.com – a young entrepreneurs organization where members collectively incubate, invest and operate the web business we choose to pursue. Every member of the organization will be an effective partner – invested in the business, a strong contributor and a significant shareholder. Our first kick off is tomorrow, […]

26 January

Burger King Whopper Freak Out: Manny Meets The King

When the Burger King “The King” got wildly popular last Halloween and, while moving some stuff around the house today, I came by the mask and found out what the real Whopper Freak out is. (By the way, if you haven’t seen the Whopper Freak out commercials – they are hysterical) Videos after the jump

26 January

Cloverfield Warning Poster: “You May Experience Sickness”

It can’t be a good thing when AMC is forced to put a sign warning movie-goers that they are likely to get ill while watching Cloverfield… I opted for Rambo IV today and it must rank as the bloodiest, most action-filled movie ever. The entire theater applauded when it ended (I certainly didn’t expect that):

25 January

Measuring Web Analytics – Comparing Mint, SlimStat, Google Analytics & Quantcast

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Last night, I installed Mint (http://haveamint.com/) on RyanSpoon.com and am wildly impressed. It got me thinking about web analytics and my usage of various (and numerous) applications: 1) I use Google Analytics on every website… but I always find myself mildly unimpressed. The UI is pretty, but is too busy and complicated. Most importantly, it […]

25 January

Pay Per Media Launches – Super High CPMs… Arbitrage Opportunity?

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I have a friend who operates about five websites – from real estate to sports news to social gossip. He has been talking up Pay Per Media for *weeks* and is super excited to exploit the high CPMs that they promise ($10.00-$20.00 CPMs). My gut reaction is the same as TechCrunch’s – 1) why did […]

25 January

Rambo IV Reviewed by New York Times…

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“The movie does have its own kind of blockheaded poetry.” Read the full NY Times review here – but what else would you need to know?! Did I mention that I will be seeing this? Did I mention that is gorier than all other Rambos *combined*?

24 January

Techcrunch Surveys Widget Tracking and Who’s ‘King’ – Including Widgetbox, Clearspring, MySpace

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Interesting post by Techcrunch and Erik Schnofeld today about the widget world and how tracking within this space is difficult. The trouble is that: 1) there isn’t a standard widget format / type – Widgetbox, for example, offers both javascript and flash versions of widgets. 2) many widgets use multiple services for installers, analytics, etc […]

24 January

Comscore Releases Search Engine and Search Query Traffic: Amazon +20%, Craigslist +6%

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Comscore released their December search engine statistics and, among the usual information, there is some very interesting data. A couple thoughts: – Across the board, December traffic is lower than November (due to the holidays) – While that makes sense for informational sites, Amazon surged +20% – Craigslist (another highly ‘transactional’ site) was also +6% […]

23 January

Smaato and Engadget Share More Than a Passion for Mobile…

Smaato is a mobile-advertising company that recently took a 3.5mm investment round. Engadget is one of the biggest tech toys blogs on the web – often focusing on the mobile world. The similarities extend to their logo… it isn’t just me right?! [tpbc_list]

23 January

Comparing Sports Leagues on the Internet: MLB.com #1, NBA.com #2, then NFL.com #3

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Fascinating look at the big three sports leagues and their online traffic. A couple quick thoughts: 1. MLB.com is widely considered the leader in web strategies. Their MLB.tv site is brilliant, well worth the $99 subscription and makes significant money for the league. 2. The NFL’s web traffic is clearly based on their dominant brand. […]

23 January

Google’s Mobile Strategy is a Winner: Build Winning Apps, Monetize Later

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All the talk around Google’s mobile strategy is around Android and the Open Handset Alliance. But Google’s other mobile strategy seemingly goes unnoticed because it’s less sexy and dramatic: build compelling apps that sit on the mobile dock and drive monetization later. I live on my Blackberry and there are only so many icons that […]