This seems perhaps a little idealistic- but maybe that's a really good thing! Coworking / CoworkingManchester. Any takers?
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
I read an interesting piece by Dion Hinchcliffe on Enterprise 2.0 strategies the other day which reviewed the various levels of service. But as far as Enterprise 2.0 market entry issues are concerned I really liked the insight from Euan Semple, which I'd paraphrase brutally as being there's little space for companies to adopt in between the extremes of total control and total free-for-all! Update:I also liked the comment from Andrew Burton of the Viking Fund: he likened selling conventional enterprise software as a long term courtship followed by marriage- whereas Enterprise 2.0 was something closer to "casual sex" by comparison!
Posted by Ed French at 09:18
Monday, 26 March 2007
Last time I looked there was reason to believe the assertion by Fred Wilson that Seed Investing Is Less Risky Than Later Stage Investing. In the UK at least the variability of early stage tech returns was MUCH LOWER than the variability of Dev Cap or PE funds- although mean returns were lower too :-(
Posted by Ed French at 16:13
Emre Sokullu over at Read/WriteWeb has written a really thoughtful, and frankly helpful guide: How To Market Your Web App . I couldn't quite get my head around the three categories Emre proposes; if a site is ready to be promoted it can get such a wide audience so rapidly surely there's never any reason to "Walk"? I'd therefore suggest there's really two categories:
|Walk||Mass of users does not yet make the site compelling on first visit DON'T promote yet|
|Run||Mass of users already enough to make the site useful: ready to scale already|
Posted by Ed French at 09:33
Friday, 23 March 2007
Glen over at Connect Yorkshire has an interesting piece on on the effect of the budget's change on VCT rules. It'd be great to see some VCT interest in earlier/smaller deals, but I wont hold my breath!
Posted by Ed French at 15:15
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
It seems to be accepted wisdom that enterprise orientated web-services can't be funded by ad revenue to any serious extent. I believe the new google aps for your domain gives you the choice as to whether your staff see adverts or not- it'd be interesting to know how this is taken up. In general I can see some pro's and con's to this approach:
What do you think?
Posted by Ed French at 21:23
A great presentation by Paul Kedrosky on Enterprise 2.0. I particularly liked the quote:
"The opposite of an imposed structure is not chaos. With Web 2.0 tools, the opposite of an imposed structure is an emergent structure, one that forms over time based on the interactions of a lot of people."
The presentation is well worth reading, largely for its valid deflation of some of the hype around Enterprise 2.0 as an idea.
My own view is the key to Enterprise 2.0 is not in the technology or usage, but by the sales process.
Finally, I got round to putting up a skeleton of a wiki with useful bits and pieces for startup tech companies:"Techgain.net Tech Start-ups Wiki". Please feel free to help me add to the contents! I'll post here when it has another burst of activity.
Posted by Ed French at 10:03
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
In my previous post I implied that I reckoned that investor interest in "Web 2.0" had peaked. Looks like Paul Kedrosky's also Dinging the Web 2.0 Bell, and Peter Rip notes that The next wave of innovation isn't going to be as easy.
Posted by Ed French at 06:16
Sunday, 18 March 2007
I had a brief spot at the NW Start Up 2.0 event organised by Manoj Ranaweera in Manchester and hosted by KPMG the other night. The requirement was for me to talk about the sectors that VC's were most interested in as investment targets at the moment- in 5 mins. It was perhaps a bit too flippant but I couldn't resist the temptation to make some points under the guise of an "Index of Buzz Words for internet/software investments". It's totally unscientific but I hope it made the talk a little less dry!
Posted by Ed French at 23:24