Part 2 of Bad Competitors
Former Financial Times reporter Tom Foremski writes about Silicon Valley business trends and the intersection of technology and media.
Part 2 of Bad Competitors
I've been thinking about "bad competitors" after coming across this excellent speech on the future of newspapers by Phil Meyer, Knight Chair in Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at a conference in August 2005. [Craig Newmark is founder of Craigslist, the classified advertising company.
I recently wrote a post arguing that Google, Yahoo and all the other online giants have put up a half-hearted defense of Internet neutrality because they have a lot to gain from the absence of net neutrality. The ones that have the most to lose from the loss of net neutrality are not the web services companies but the infrastructure providers They won't speak up because they don't want to upset their "valued customers.
The debate over Internet neutrality assumes that Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and the other big Internet services companies support laws that would mandate equal access to our common technology. Yet I would argue that those companies have lots to lose from an open Internet.
Technorati, the web services company that tracks the blogosphere, has been tracking which languages are being used. And the findings are very interesting, and there are lots of them.
Are industry analysts losing their influence to journalists and industry bloggers? This was one question we discussed Wednesday morning as I took part in a PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) teleconference organized by Barbara French of Tekrati, which tracks industry analyst firms.
Scott McNealy's departure will be one of many as the old gaurd makes way for...who? Who will be in the ranks of the new leadership?
I'm not an advocate of search engine optimisation techniques--beyond the basics. Because I believe you should optimize your site for your customers and not the spiderbots.
I am a huge fan of Steve Jobs, Apple Computer's CEO. I wasn't much of a fan when he was Apple's self-styled visionary in the early 1980s, but since then he has proved himself many times over.
I spent a few days this week in Orlando, Florida but I didn't visit Disney's Magic Kingdom. Instead, I was at Tibco's user conference.
Today: SAP, the leader in enterprise applications said it is acquiring Virsa Systems, one of the fastest growing private US software companies. Virsa specializes in software to enable companies to be in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxely and other government regulations.
Thou shalt not try to stop departments from experimenting with web services and developing skinny applications for their own uses.The IT department has often been among them the most conservative and change-phobic in the entire company.
I have a totally useless but very reliable web hosting service for my regular blog Silicon Valley Watcher. Unfortunately they don't yet acknowledge the Always-On world that we live in, or will eventually live in.
Ingres has become one of the hottest and most interesting companies in Silicon Valley. After its spin-off from Computer Associates in November to Garnett & Helfrich Capital, it has been assembling one of the top executive teams in the industry.
I'm sick and tired of the criticism of the content on MySpace.com and since posting about it on my SVW blog, I wanted to bring it to you too, to see what you think.