I get the authors point, but I totally disagree. I think freemium is just getting started and will be the dominant model going forward for non-media based businesses.
The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
It is interesting that so many people I know in Seattle want to work with and for non-profits. I wonder how much of this has to do with the Gates Foundation?
Nestled away in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle may be known more for software, coffee, and drizzly weather than for startups, but it’s aiming to become the center of entrepreneurship to solve social and environmental issues.
“Seattle is interesting; it’s the number one most charitable city in the nation—meaning that largest number of people who donate money—and it has lots of new tech companies alongside established ones like Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing,”
A great story and one every city not a tech hot spot could learn from.
"LET’S GET RID OF THE EXCUSE THAT YOU NEED TO BE LOCATED IN A CERTAIN CITY TO PUSH YOUR IDEAS FORWARD."
No. In fact it should be encouraged.
This could be interesting. Rahul Sood is an interesting character. I was at HP when they acquired VooDoo PC and they were doing some really cool stuff. Additionally Bing (a client) has a lot of freedom out side the Windows world to do what they want (they were the first Microsoft business to have an iPhone app), so I think this will be a very interesting venture.
I don’t know many people that would classify Dave McClure as a failure. Most of us would happily aspire to his level of “success.” What’s telling to me is that most successful entrepreneurs have this same level of self criticism. They’re never satisfied. They always want more.
I’m sorry to say but this has marketing abuse all over it. While it’s something that could be used productively, the desire to game trending topics is too great.
I think the trending topic is not as important as it once was and I think a service like this will just kill it.
The lesson here is only deliver as much as you can finish and do well.
My latest guest post on Memeburn. I take a look at Twitter and Sina Weibo and how their relationships with their perspective country governments has drastically changed their potential in the World market.
Entrepreneurs, are by their very nature, idea people. The hardest thing for any startup is focus and deciding what not to do. This is doubly true of the founders.
Here’s my first of many (or at least several) guest posts on Memeburn.
Memeburn is a great blog that if you’re interested in emerging markets and social media, you should be reading.