Archives for October 2005


MapStats Got Better: now with Link Tracking

Recently I wrote about MapStats

that replaced the previously used Gvisit button on my blog (see right

sidebar).   Well, it just got better, now offering in– and

outbound link tracking

The service allows you to track all links clicked on your site by just

adding some JavaScript to your site. It provides  a breakdown on a

per day/week/month/year basis, and if you look up info on a link,

it gives you a breakdown on that link, on what page it was clicked from

and what link text was used.  They also track unique clicks

and total clicks. Demo available here.


company behind MapStats, BlogFlux has some other goodies, e.g. a Google

Page Rank display, pinger, Button Maker.  Worth checking it


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SVASE VC Breakfast Club

I’ll be moderating another SVASE  VC Breakfast Club session on Thursday, November 3rd.  It’s an informal round-table where up to 10 entrepreneurs get to deliver a pitch, then answer questions and get critiqued by a VC Partner. We’ve had VC’s from Draper Fisher, Hummer Winblad, Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Mohr Davidow, Emergence Capital …etc.

Thursday’s featured VC is Jason Pressman, Principal, Shasta Ventures, one os the sponsors of the recent TechCrunch BBQ. Event Information and registration is here.  

These sessions are an incredible opportunity for Entrepreneurs, most of whom would probably have a hard time getting through the door to a VC Partners.   Since I’ve been through quite a few of these sessions, both as Entrepreneur and Moderator, let me share a few thoughts:

  • Yes, it’s a pressure-free environment, with no Powerpoint presentations, Business Plans…etc,  just casual conversation, but for God’s sake it does not mean come unprepared!
  • Bring an Executive Summary, some VC’s like it, others don’t.
  • Don’t just talk freely about what you would like to do, or even worse, spend all your time describing the problem, without addressing what your solution is.
  • Follow a structure, and don’t forget “small things” like the Team, Product, Market..etc.
  • It would not hurt to mention how much you are looking for, and how you would use the funds.
  • Write down and practice your pitch, and please be aware that whatever your practice time was, when you are on the spot, you will likely take twice as long to deliver your story.
  • Last, but not least, please be on time!

See you on Thursday … and now I get to show off my cool new Zvents button: Zbutton

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Communication a Two-way Street? Not (quite yet) on the Blogosphere.

There is an abundance of tagging / tracking / linking / stat’s tools to enhance the Blogosphere, but they are all one-directional, missing a major part of the “Conversation”.

Steve Rubel talks about RSS being a  passive “receive medium”, and how RSS is one-way, feeding info to those who passively consume it – but there is no “active” feedback channel where a business / organization could subscribe to the feed of all those interested in their product, service, or simply those that expressed a particular interest.  

I’ve been thinking about a similar problem, but specifically limited to why blogging is still an incomplete conversation.   “ You’re linked to me, I’m linked to you. That’s a conversation.” – says Ethan at OnoTech. Well, almost.  There is just the small issue of manageability. 

If you’re a Technorati top 100 or even 500 blogger, most of the conversation happens around your own blog, in the form of comments and trackbacks from other blogs.  However, for the the rest of us, the other 20 million bloggers, chances are the conversation really takes place outside our own blog, and I for one certainly can’t keep track of all comments I left on other blogs.  An occasional Google search on my name reveals lots of these “half-conversations” where I left a comment, the blog owner or other readers responded, but I’ve never seen the response, since I forgot to go back and-re-read all those blog-post.

Jeff Clavier points out that Blogware, one of the lesser known platforms (which I happen to use)  can send emails when comments are made on a post you have commented on but that is email, and that’s not great… what about the other platforms?  The current crop of tracking / linking services all have a top-down publisher-centric view, everything revolves around a blog and related posts, totally missing this other, “bottom-up” half of the conversation.  Don’t we all  need something that shows an integrated view of all conversations where we are participating per subject matter (blog title), whether we started it or someone else?

 Jeff in his post quoted above invites creative minds to come up with a solution, and so does Steve Rubel:  “boy is that a business for someone”.   At the recent TechCrunch BBQ  I heard Dave Winer complain that he hasn’t seen a major breakthrough innovation around blogs for quite a while – I bet half the crowd at the event (200 techno-crazy minds) could create what we need here.   C’mon guys, what are you waiting for?

Update (11/7) :  Here’s a somewhat manual workaround.   Still not quite the real thing 🙁

Update (11/9) Jeremy Zawodny discusses comment tracking – some of the comments on his post are also worth reading.

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Most Presidential …

via BL Ochman




Seceliious emerges from Stealth mode, announces limited Zeta

Seceliious today emerged from stealth-mode and announced the  invitation-only limited  zeta test period of the ajax-on-rails  rss-based widgets technology it’s been developing in the past 2 years.

The company is a new-generation Web Two Point Oh! business that received $32M funding from a consortium of 3 unnamed VC firms. 

To launch your your own Web Two Point Oh! business, click here.    (hat tip: Andrew Woolridge). 

For information on the previous-generation Web 2.0 businesses click here.

Update (10/30).  Now I am envious… Barb got herself a better company… I love the name:  Yaholino
Udate (11/1) Paul Kedrovsky’s new business is Yahodoo … hm… I am getting jelous being stuck with Seceliious 🙁

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Flickr Print Arrives

Finally, Flickr now offers printing, either by mail or local pickup at Target. (hat tip: Search Engine Journal, TechCrunch).
Too bad they did not match Snapfish’s 12c price (4×6 prints) – Flickr’s prints cost  15c.

And too bad Flickr went to Yahoo, instead of Google .. integrating with Picasa nicely:-(

No, I’m not negative, just whining about a missed opportunity…. 
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Zvents. Probably the Best Event Calendar in the World!

Zventslogo Probably the Best Event Calendar in the World!     (Updated)

OK, I am biased.  How could I not be, when we have the  in common?  

Seriously, it has the most user-friendly interface of the bunch: Eventful (formerly EVDB), Upcoming (acquired by Yahoo) and of course Zvents.  Ease of use is really important, as this dummy (yours truly) never fully figured out how to work evdb, so for me it really doesn’t matter how powerful it may be if I can’t even pull an event into sevaral calendars.

Zvent is the only one of the crowd to serve up a Google Map of your event location, and it’s loaded with features: private / public / group events, subscriptions, blog integration (check my right sidebar) … just to name a few.  The database currently has events of the San Francisco Bay Area only – btw, the database itself is another significant differentiator, as they scout the web and scrape events off the entertainment  venues themselves.

This wealth of information is also a problem in certain situations: if I do a search based on date / location, I may have to flip through dozens of pages of generic entries like wine-tasting, permanent exhibitions ..etc.   It would be nice to find a way to optionally turn off display of these recurring programs, and list only the real “happenings”.  For example if I search the Napa area, I don’t want to see hundreds of regular tastings – those are non-events, but if one of them has a Chef’s dinner with wine-pairing, or a musical / theater show, that’s definitely an “event”.  
The ability to exclude search arguments would also be nice, e.g. “-wine” should skip everything tagged as wine, wine-tasting ..etc.

There are lots of reviews on zvents, including  here, here, here, here, and here – the last link happens to be Ethan Stock, Zvent CEO’s blog.   Hmm… I don’t see any way to leave a comment or trackback – what happened to the “conversation”, Ethan? 

Update (10/27)  Apparently zvents set the standard for future competitors. See Ethan’s post:  The Sincerest Form of Flattery…

Update 2 (1/21):  Stowe Boyd’s Eventful calendar is all messed up. Hey, Stowe, time to give zvents a try!

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RealTravel vs Yahoo Trip Planner – David vs Goliath?

The downside of being an Entrepreneur – you can never ever know how far your known or stealth competitors are doing the same thing …

Realtravelis one of the interesting startups that sponsored and presented at the 3rd. TechCrunch BBQ. It’s a social networking / sharing / information site for travelers, as the name suggests. Creative, useful, likeable – see reviews herehere, here, and  here.  How long can a startup last standalone with this kind of service though?  

Not very long, I’m afraid, reading John Battelle’s announcement of Yahoo Trip Planner.   What’s next for RealTravel ?  Could this photo be the clue?  Pictured are  Tom Gruber of RealTravel with Bill Schreiner of AOL, ironically under a Yahoo! banner 🙂 

Update  (11/29)Online Travel Space heats up. (SiliconBeat)

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TechCrunch 3rd BBQ

The TechCrunch story is really amazing. Mike Arrington started a blog in June with the mission of “ obsessively profiling and reviewing every newly launched web 2.0 business, product and service”. Since June, the blog has grown to close to 5,500 6733 Feedburner readers, a Technorati rank of 566, and made it to the CNET Top 100 list. In September he moved from LA, rented a house with a large backyard in Atherton which now became “the place to be” in Silicon Valley, having just hosted the 3rd TechCrunch BBQ. The event was a blast. Here’s a pretty good roundup of the new product demos – Philippe adds some of his commentary. So many bloggers wrote about it, not much more to add, just a few of my impressions. This was my first TechCrunch event, and the intensity of the 200 or so crowd was a bit overwhelming in the beginning … in a positive way:-) The demos were really exciting, but these meetings are also about meeting people, and with the tight demo-schedule, one had to make a tough choice between watching the demos or mingling in the backyard. I did my homework, and made a list of companies / people I would definitely want to meet – yeah, right… try to do it in a crowd of two hundred, in the dark. In this setting the social interaction is more accidental, unless you know most of the participants, you talk to whoever you bump into, forget seeking out anyone in the crowd. I think having name-tags printed would facilitate more targeted introductions. In fact Mike could just ask the guests to get creative and bring their own tags next time. Wow, I’ve just created a new acronym, the BYONT Party:-) Back to the demos for a minute: too many cool products / services… where do I get the time to try them all out? One of my personal favorites is zvents Zbutton, and I am tempted to try Goowy, as a way to get out of Microsoft-slavery ( Scoble noted “ This crowd isn’t using very much Microsoft stuff “ ) – but wait, do I sign up for Goowy, or Zimbra, Hula, Open Exchange, Kolab, RoundCube .. or …? Ahhh … so many choices… Anyway, the crowd, the energy level, the interaction was great…. this is what the Bay Area is all about. If you did not make it, you can still buy the T-shirt , and come to the next one Zbutton. Ok, this is a joke: Ethan and Tyler created this event as part of their demo, and if they don’t delete it, the TechCrunch HQ will get raided come December:-))) Thanks Michael, Keith, Fred for hosting us. Update (10/25) the TechCrunch blog has picked up another 1,300 Feedburner subscribers since yesterday!

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Move Over Intel … AMD … P.A. Semi Rules!


Unknown (not any more) Startup leaves both AMD and Intel in the dust ….

A fresh set of benchmarks comparing the Intel’s new dual-core Xeon codenamed “Paxville” with AMD’s dual-core Opteron chip show Intel’s product to be a power hungry demon that doesn’t perform, according to  The Register.  “

“There’s no doubt about it, Intel’s dual-core Xeons are their most power hungry Xeons to date… Even when idling, two dual-core Xeons consume nearly 400W of power at any given time, which is amazingly high, even by Intel’s standards… AMD’s competing dual-core Opteron processors consume far less power, especially using AMD’s PowerNow! Technology. When this is enabled, Opteron power consumption drops to roughly 160 to170W when idling.”

That was Yesterday’s news.  Today’s news: “The Next Intel Emerges From Stealth” (by Bessemer’s David Cowan).   P.A. Semi  managed to stay stealth for 2 years in the heart of Silicon Valley.  New recruits (the company has 150 employees) were not allowed to tell their spouses what they were working on.  (Matt Marshall, SiliconBeat).

The first chip will be dual-core, and  the microprocessor will also include the functions of two other support chips.  The chip will run at 2.5 gigahertz, but will only consume 5 watts to 13 watts – compare that to the above Intel or even AMD numbers.

Move over Intel, AMD, there’s a new game in town.

Update (10/24) More on and ZDNet .

Update (12/02).  AMD scores huge 7-round TKO over Intel in dual-core benchmarks

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