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An interview with Paul Graham on TechCrunch is attracting flak from the blogosphere for the investment criteria he uses for Y Combinator.
Last week we witnessed the sale of Kiko, a well-designed Y Combinator-funded online calendar. The deal went through via eBay to an as-yet-undisclosed party, for a quarter of a million dollars. Which is a good return for Paul and the Kiko founders, but not the really big bucks that they would have seen had Google bought it. Google of course launched its own calendar app, integrated into Gmail, which prompted the Kiko sale.
So does a fire sale on eBay, albeit a profitable one, mean that Graham is any more correct when he advises startup founders not to worry about business models?
Rand at SEOmoz has published another fine article, this time on how to attract more traffic to your blog.
The article contains 21 tips, including ‘Choose the right blog software’, ‘Tag your content’, ‘Only one post in 20 can be linkbait’ and ‘Use a human voice’. Rand’s post is linkbait of the very best variety, since it is original, valuable content, so I’m linking to it.
A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to ask Barclays why I was paying a monthly fee on an overdraft that I haven’t used for a long, long time.
I knew that finding an answer to this simple question could be a painful process, but I braced myself and set about to find out what was happening...
Hundreds of internet pros turned up for last night’s Lemon Studios Summer Party at The Havana Bar & Club in London, which was roaring good fun.
Many attendees will be in full-on recovery mode judging by some of the strategic quaffing we witnessed. The cocktails were especially dangerous, particularly those that were tipped into glasses the size of small baths.
Over 1,000 cricket fans have had their Ashes tickets cancelled after an investigation into second hand sales on the web.
Not content with 30% of the UK retail market and a huge lead in the online grocery sector, Tesco has announced an aggressive drive into home shopping for non-food products.
In what is seen as a major challenge to Argos, the retailer is preparing to launch an internet and catalogue service that will offer customers a range of 8,000 goods.
Jakob Nielsen has been making some noise this week, ostensibly to promote his new book, about the benefits of speaking in the language that can be easily understood by users.
In the Age of Google this 20-year old ‘speak the user’s the language’ usability maxim has a fresh impetus, since many users begin a web journey on a search engine, by typing in a search query.
Apple has pulled off a coup by luring Google CEO Eric Schmidt to its board of directors, in a move that was announced late last night.
There are some sure signs that we’re not in a bubble, despite some of the big money being hosed at disruptive startups such as Zillow and Jobster.
However, as the pictures below prove, there are some signs that we are witnessing another – ahem – wave of dotcom madness. Notably, the hiring of powerboats…