29 September

Announcing Dogpatch Labs Palo Alto & Europe

Posted in Headline, Polaris | Comments

In early September, we got the unfortunate news that the San Francisco Port Authority was closing Pier 38 (home to Dogpatch Labs San Francisco).

28 September

Amazon’s Kindle Fire: Great Product Page, Free Amazon Prime Trial

Amazon’s $199 tablet, the Kindle Fire, is now available for pre-order. The product page is really terrific: colorful, informative, fun and all on a single page. It’s great:

27 September

Google+ Shared Circles Causes Surge in Followers

Yesterday Google+ created shareable, public circles. And, as power user Robert Scoble suggested, engagement and usage has surged. In less than a day, I’ve had over 1,000 people follow me. That is entirely attributable to the new shared circles which are facilitating easier and more effective ‘findability’.

26 September

Assistant at Core of iPhone 5

Posted in Mobile, Web 2.0 | Comments

I sometimes share an article on Facebook and Twitter … and despite not having a ton of commentary to add – think it’s worth ‘re-blogging’ (a short snipet and link back). Here is a note from 9to5Mac’s “The New iPhone”: “Expect Assistant, 1GB of RAM, the dual-core A5 processor, Nuance speech-to-text, and an 8 megapixel […]

25 September

8 Quick Thoughts on Facebook’s Big Week.

A handful of quick, disorganized thoughts on Facebook’s announcements / releases this week: Immersive The activity ticker is immersive and really amplifies ‘viral’ potential. I have ‘liked’ (and listened and read and soon to be much watched, etc) so many more ‘things’ because each one of those actions is now viewable & actionable (whereas it […]

21 September

Ahead of Facebook’s F8, Changes Galore Roll Out

Ahead of F8, Facebook has rolled out several changes … which is rather remarkable considering how many updates / features and how significant some are. To do it a couple days ahead of F8 is fascinating because it suggests bigger updates are coming. Tomorrow will be fun.

20 September

“So Far Facebook Has the Best Follower to Click Ratio”, Kevin Rose

I recently touched on the potential importance of Facebook Subscribe, Facebook Subscribe: Opportunity for Publishers & Online Voices… and here is why Subscribe is important and not simply a “me too” product:

20 September

Groupon Aims to Drive Loyalty with Business Awards Flow.

How does Groupon address concerns of loyalty / merchant retention? Build tools directly into the product that allow customers to communicate directly with the merchants. It’s an easy, smart way to connect buyers with sellers – without interrupting either flow. The experience (from the language to the graphics) is very positive (“Award a Business”). I […]

16 September

In the River with Twitter Images & Facebook Messenger

A post I drafted a few weeks ago and never published… better late than never (I think!) Two good examples of In the River promotions for two new, relatively off-stream product launches:

15 September

Facebook Subscribe: Opportunity for Publishers & Online Voices

Yesterday Facebook announced their Subscribe feature (you can read more from Facebook here). It is an important step as it changes the relationship of users: friends, followers, two-way delivery, etc. It is also interesting that it comes on the heels of intelligent friend grouping as both impact the way that people think of friendships and […]

13 September

ESPN Brings Twitter into Fantasy Football App. Getting Closer.

In April, I wrote a response to Mark Cuban’s “Does ESPN.com have a Twitter Problem“. My premise was that Twitter is a huge, (relatively) under-utilized platform for ESPN to break news, engage with fans and share unique content. ESPN doesn’t have the perfect solution yet -but Twitter is clearly an opportunity and not a threat.

12 September

Redbox Delivers Rewards Through SMS Activation, Foursquare

Redbox continues its string of smart, rewarding marketing campaigns. Redbox has provided discounts and rewards for email and site activity – realizing that the value of certain acitvities (validated email address) far exceeds the cost of a free movie or two.