Category Archives: Technology

Online Storage vs. Upstream Bandwidth

Amazon Web ServicesWhat would happen today if there was a significant increase in upstream bandwidth and uploading content (consumer generated, etc) was efficient? Will YouTube (and such sites) need to add a plethora of servers to host the influx of videos?

I had an intriguing conversation with Ken Rossi this past weekend over coffee at my local hot spot and we briefly touched upon this subject but I think it should receive more attention. If it really is simple and quick to upload your content, would more people do so? Would the quantity of content uploaded to servers increase? My thoughts are: yes.

Andrew Parker, a friend of mine and colleague over at Union Square Ventures has a nice tangential posting about Approaching the Limit of Zero (bandwidth/storage costs). Certainly a good read.

Storage space will need to increase but so will databases and search software functionality. Does Amazon realize this with their storage cloud, S3? Do they have a glimpse of the future and striving to become an early leader? Thoughts?

Apple Inc., no longer Apple Computer

Apple Inc.This will probably get drowned out in all the coverage about Apple (which includes the launch of their beautiful iPhone which I’ll blog about when every other blog stops gallivanting about it) but I think Apple dropping “Computer” from their name is monumental, even more so than their latest phone.

Apple does not want to be known as a computer company any longer. Yes, they create amazing and beautiful computers, but they also have a huge product lineup and extensions that go away from the typical MacBook Pro. iTunes has had 2 billion songs downloaded, iPhone is now here (the voicemail feature sounds phenomenal), and iLife is changing the way people use their computer.
I’m excited at the prospects of Apple Inc.’s future and I look forward to seeing them grab more market share of the industry and give Microsoft, Google, and others a run for their money.

Also, there is something very interesting to note…. Steve Jobs is NOT wearing black. Wow. It’s a new day for Apple.

Atlas Acquires Accipiter

Accipiter LogoIf you’re serving ads on your website, there is a chance that you’re potentially using Atlas DMT or Accipiter. According to this news release, Atlas has acquired Accipiter which has helped boost its marketshare and user base. Accipiter has been used in previous companies I’ve been involved with and we’ve had very little hiccups.

The Accipiter business was founded in 1996 and has operated independently since 2002. From 1996 to 2002, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based company operated under various corporate parents, including Engage and CMGI. Joining Atlas will be the long-standing Accipiter management team with co-founder and CEO Brian Handly leading the team in Raleigh as senior vice president, Atlas. European operations will join Atlas EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

An all cash deal totaled around $30mm.

Vertical Search

There are many people who try and tell you to not be all things to all people. I’m one of those folks. When building a business, I recommend to try and stay as focused as possible and then add line extensions or new product enhancements after a core has been built.

In the search world, Google, Yahoo!, Ask, Kanoodle, Excite, and Lycos (and any other search engine) focuses on an all encompassing search. Use Yahoo to search for “Britney Spears” or “angel investing”, two totally different topics. A trend we are seeing now in the industry is quite the opposite: vertical search.

What is vertical search?  Wikipedia defines vertical search: Vertical search, part of a larger subgrouping known as “specializedâ€? search, is a relatively new tier in the Internet search industry consisting of search engines that focus on specific businesses.

Redeye VC, otherwise known as, Josh Kopelman, Managing Director of First Round Capital, talks about how Google is making a significant move into the vertical search marketplace by facilitating niche searches on its current platform. It’s an extremely interesting post on his blog and I highly recommend checking it out.

Silicon Alley 2.0

A great article was posted on City-Journal.org about Silicon Alley. For those of you not from NYC, Silicon Alley is our iteration of Silicon Valley. I worked in the Alley during the 90s at i33 Communications as well, as, my personal endeavors, and was absorbed in all the hoopla surrounding the NY tech & media scene. Kozmo used to deliver me food at all hours of the night!
In recent months, one would argue that Silicon Alley has re-emerged and we’ve got Silicon Alley 2.0. This article by Steven Malanga talks about the history of the Alley and goes into present day happenings with companies such as ShopWiki, Gawker Media, Weblogs Inc and others.

“All this excitement has investors ready to finance a new generation of tech firms. The New York metro area has become the third-biggest market for venture capital in the nation, outpaced only by Silicon Valley and greater Boston. Even more important, perhaps, a crucial component of the digital economy—venture capitalists willing to finance start-ups—has emerged in the city. They have joined together in New York Angels, a consortium of nearly 70 investors, each agreeing to put up at least $50,000 a year for local high-tech start-ups. “We get maybe 400 businesses a year looking for funding,â€? says chairman David Rose, a scion of New York’s Rose real-estate family and an early investor in local technology firms. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand.â€?

Click here to read the article.

Mayer, Meeker, and Warrior Discuss The Future

I subscribe to many different magazines ranging from The Deal to Fortune, and Spin to Mens Health. In the gym last week, I was reading the November 13 issue of Fortune and focused on the article, The Net’s Next Phase. Interestingly enough, this article was based on a panel from Fortune’s Powerful Women Summit, not your typical article written by testosterone infused gentlemen (myself included).

The four panelists were Arianna Huffington (founder of Huffington Post), Marissa Mayer (Google VP of Search Products & User Experience), Padmasree Warrior (CTO, Motorola), and Mary Meeker (Morgan Stanley Internet analyst).

There were many interesting quotes from this article and I tried to put together a few: Continue reading

Console War

Microsoft Xbox 360 has been out for the past year and has a several million + unit sales lead amongst its peers Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3. To most folks outside of the game industry, a console is a console. However, each of these consoles are so drastically different from each other, it’s rather hard to compare them together.

To begin, the Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 are the two consoles that compete head to head. The reason for this competition is that they have extremely powerful processing power and are built for the medium to hardcore gaming audience. Both of these consoles contain some sort of Internet enablement and allow players to compete against each other in all areas of the world.

The Nintendo Wii is a bit different. This machine is certainly a console but I’d argue that it’s going after a totally different audience than the it’s buddies (360 & PS3). Nintendo is smart – they realize that both Microsoft and Sony are going to spend several hundreds of millions each on advertising their respective console to win the “console war.” Nintendo doesn’t really want to participate in that… rather, they’d like to market to all of the folks who want a console, but aren’t a heavy gamer. Their controller is based around a motion sensor… is this brand new? No. This has been tried in the past but never succeeded, but for some reason, Nintendo thinks they can do this and be successful around it.

Game publishers and developers are going to be releasing games that go across all consoles, but the majority of casual games and lighter-weight console games will be on the Nintendo Wii. Xbox Live Arcade certainly has casual games but why drive a Bugatti when you can only go 45 mph?