3 July

Harrrah’s Low Rollers Account for 80% of Revenue & 100% of Profits

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Another blog post about book excerpts (and a couple more to come) as I’ve had time to read more than just my Blackberry and computer screen (currently enjoying vacation in Chatham, Massachusetts). I am breezing through Christina Binkley’s “Winner Take All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman and the Race to own Las Vegas” (link […]

29 June

Predicting the 2008 Jerry Yang and Yahoo in 2001

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While sitting in the 110 degree Las Vegas sun yesterday (en route to the worst sunburn of my life), I read Jeffrey Zygmont’s “The VC Way: Investment Secrets from the Wizards of Venture Capital” (availabone on Amazon here). There isn’t a ton of literature written about venture capital, and Zygmont’s 2001 book is neither a […]

25 June

InGameNow Launches – Brings Sports Scores, Chatter Mobile

I haven’t blogged much in the last week – but I have good reason: we’ve been hard at work on InGameNow… and, just in time for tomorrow’s NBA Draft, we officially launched today! InGameNow: Twitter for Sports As I have discussed before, InGameNow was launched and funded out of sfEntrepreneurs – an organization of ten […]

21 June

Long Tail Analytics with Quantcast, Google Trends & Compete – Who Wins?

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Google entered the public web analytics game yesterday by expanding Google Trends beyond search queries and into web traffic. Just a couple years ago, we had two options for web data: – Comscore provided detailed analytics for the web’s top sites – Alexa (inaccurately) estimated traffic based on their tool bar users / usage Now, […]

20 June

Google Trends Launches – Apparently I’m Techmeme’s 3rd Most Overlapped Site? (No Way!)

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Google today announced that they are moving Google Trends closer towards Quantcast and Compete’s territories… This is potentially big news – but it depends on how transparent Google decides to be and how well integrated they work with Google Analytics. I’ve written before that Analytics users should have the option to turn their data public… […]

19 June

Pizza Hut Shows How NOT to do Paid Search

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Yesterday, I wrote about the three keys to creating a compelling widget. Tonight, I am moved to write about how *not* to craft compelling paid search campaigns: There are so many things wrong with this ad that it’s tough to figure out where to start… but we can start with the ad “title” – which […]

18 June

Designing a Compelling Widget: Three Keys to Widget Engagement

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This week the Widget World Expo took place in New York and Fred Wilson gave a supposedly terrific speech titled “Why Widgets Is The Wrong Word For What We’re Doing”. I really wish that I had been able to attend the conference – but the schedule didn’t allow for it. Fred’s deck in embedded below […]

15 June

The Evolution of Social Content: From Email to Blogs to Disqus / FriendFeed

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Fred Wilson’s last two blog posts are about the changing / evolving blog landscape: 1) the death of “long form blogging” (ironic) 2) the evolution of blog commenting and how comments are becoming as important as the posts I found the first post particularly thought provoking: I’ve posted every day for almost five years. Its […]

15 June

David Stern’s Brand Problem: 41% of Fans Believe NBA Fixes Games

Tonight, the Boston Celtics have an opportunity to win the 2007-2008 NBA Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers. The game will likely draw huge ratings and put an exclamation point on a terrific, renaissance season for the NBA. But not all news is good for commissioner David Stern. After the first game of the NBA […]

14 June

Premium Content and Advertising… Content is King

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I subscribe to ESPN’s Insider service… and I’ve written many times about why. Today, while listening to my favorite radio show (The Thundering Herd), I noticed that ESPN started pushing ads directly into the programs. I pay $40 a year for Insider ‘privileges’ which, among other things, gives me access to on-demand ESPN radio shows […]

14 June

Twhirl and AlertThingy Leave Me Half Full, Half Satisfied

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I love Twitter. And I’ve written about why. I also struggle with Twitter… and I’ve written about that too. But one thing remains consistent with my Twitter usage: it happens on third-parties like Twhirl and Alert Thingy as I rarely visit Twitter.com (unless on my Blackberry). I’ve used Twhirl and Alert Thingy heavily over the […]

14 June

Why I’m Turning in my Blackberry for an iPhone 3G

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I love my blackberry. And I’ve written about how much I love it. I am disappointed by the ‘iPhone 2.0′ – it doesn’t have video recording – let alone MMS. … But today I dropped my blackberry and severely scratched the screen. It made me consider whether to: 1) buy a new Blackberry Curve 2) […]