Tom Foremski

Tom Foremski reports on the business and culture of Silicon Valley at the intersection of technology and media.

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The economics of online advertising affects online software publishers

There are many startups that hope to support themselves and their services through online advertising, through clicks and pageviews, in the same way as media companies.About three years ago, when Jeff Nolan was working as a venture capitalist at the enterprise software giant SAP, he told me that SAP's research showed that online advertising could not support software development costs.

September 9, 2008 by


Corporate Innovation . . .

Late last week I caught part of SDForum's SDForum's first "Corporate Innovation and Research Fair." Here is an edited video of the lunchtime panel:From left to right:Roger Meike, Sun MicrosystemsHarold Yu, OrrickDavid SMith, TynaxDeborah Magid, IBMRoy Levin, MicrosoftDr.

August 19, 2008 by


Is Google a media company?

The New York Times recently wrote an article headlined: "Is Google a media company?"The article was mostly about Knol, Google's Wikipedia-like service, but it wondered if this meant Google was a media company because it owns content sites such as Knol, Blogger, and Youtube.

August 12, 2008 by


The government has an "iPatriot Act" ready for Internet control

My video of Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford University talking about an "iPatriot Act" has received a lot of views thanks to a post on the top blog site Boing Boing. Lawrence Lessig on the coming "i-Patriot Act" - Boing BoingI've taken out an extract of the relevant part of the video, here is a 3 minute section: http://video.

August 7, 2008 by