December 15, 2005

Term Sheet Workshop

Filed under: Start-up First Aid — Administrator @ 6:18 pm

Brad Feld from Mobius Venture Capital has a written an excellent series about Term Sheet 101 .

Google might be moving to purchase mobile browser Opera

Filed under: Technology — Administrator @ 5:59 pm

Om Malik from Business2.0 blogged that Google is looking at buying mobile brower Opera.

This makes a lot of sense as Google has been positioning itself to make strategic move into the mobile search space for quite some time.

Shanghai base mobile browser Tonehub is making moves to be the browser of choice for local handset manufacturers; this might make their life a lot more difficult, especially because Opera is now free thanks in large part to its September partnership with Google.

December 1, 2005

Do sites need multiple RSS feeds?

Filed under: Podcasting — Administrator @ 6:18 pm

For the past three months, I been facing a funny situation (funny “odd” not funny “haha”) over whether or not our portfolio companies should published multiple RSS feeds; largely because these companies are in China and, well, things get blocked from time to time, standards are changing all the time, etc…

At first, I thought, no way, too messy…stick with one, but then I read a post from Aaron Baron (one of the founders of the super funny “haha” vidlog RocketBoom hosted by Amanda Congdon) where he discussed the reason RocketBoom has 15 RSS feeds; here is a taste:

With multiple feeds, I feel like we may have more control over offering a simpler, more personalized experience for our audience because we know what we have, how it should be organized, how it looks, how people are using it and how to cut out all the extra packets that they are not using.

And here is what Dave Winer has to say about this:

I think of that when I see pages with fifteen different formats that all do the same thing. Why? There’s no need for it. How many of those types of battles were fought inside Apple that resulted in the super-shitty experience I had and Jeremy had. Maybe we need to take a step back and start thinking a bit about how this kind of bullshit keeps us from growing.

I’m leaning towards Dave’s position, what do you think?

Webzine 2005: $elling Out: Making money doing what you love

Filed under: Podcasting,Start-up First Aid — Administrator @ 1:13 am

I just finished listening to podcasts from Webzine2005 (San Francisco). I highly suggest you go and listen to the podcasts, there are a lot of great conversations and panels to listen to.

One specifically that I think a lot of start-ups in China will find useful is the one titled: “Selling Out: Making money doing what you love.” This panel was moderated by Philip Kaplan, formerly of; other panelists included:

Brad Fitzpatrick, LiveJournal
Jim Young, HOT or NOT
Srini Kumar, Unamerican Activities, StickerNation
Maheesh Jain, CafePress
Moderator: Philip J. Kaplan, AdBrite

Some of the questions Kaplan asks are:

1. What were you doing before you started your site? When did you leave your full time job (if you had one) to focus full time on your site?

2. How do competitors positively and negatively impact your business?

3. How did you get customers and visitors to go to your site?

4. What are the challenges independent web publishers face as they grow? How can they make money?

5. What was the turning point (i.e. financial, page views) or rather, at what point did your site exploded to the upside?

6. Is there a rush to be successful?

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