Here’s my impression of a web 2.0 company making a pitch to a venture capital firm from between 2006-2008: I’ve got this really great idea to build this service that everyone will love, no one will be able to live without, people will tell all their friends about, and users will add their own content. [...]
I continued to ponder why IBM and Oracle both purchased BRMS (business rule management software) vendors in 2008, and whether it really has to do with the economic downturn as Oracle publicly states that it does. One reader very accurately pointed out:
I would say it is a bit unlikely that they decided to purchase [...]
Social aggregator site Power.com, which allows users to access multiple social networking sites from one interface, got in trouble recently with Facebook. Facebook sued Power.com for storing Facebook user credentials within their own database and scraping what Facebook called "proprietary data" (i.e. user data). Facebook and Power.com are working towards an agreement to settle [...]
A disclaimer first: I spent 8 years working for ILOG, previously a leading vendor of BRMS (business rules management software), but I spent those years primarily architecting, building and managing IT systems. So although I’m pretty familiar with BRMS and related topics, I’m by no means a BRMS expert. Secondly: if you’re a fellow [...]
I’ve been struggling with what to write about the news that Steve Jobs has announced today that he will step down as Apple’s CEO until June, 2009. I wanted to write something thoughtful that didn’t sound like a “me too” post, or write about how it’s plausible that Apple may be fibbing about the [...]
The last few years have offered easy and exciting ways to demonstrate packaged software to customers. One of the frustrating things, both as a prospective customer and a product manager, is getting a sandbox demonstration environment together (especially for complex not-available-through-SaaS types of software – which usually means most enterprise software available today).
First there [...]
Over on the Giz today (ahem, Gizmodo) is an article on Google using their Moderator application to submit new ideas and allow other users to vote on it. It’s an interesting idea, and reminds me of what I wrote about earlier regarding UserVoice.
If Google likes your idea and makes oodles of money off of [...]