david touve

Its called Web 2.0 cause of the deja vu feeling

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In the late nineties, there were a suite of comapanies focused upon music/media recommendation (Agent Arts, Kick, etc).  I consulted for a few of them and worked full time for one of them.  These companies used everything from music collections, stated preferences, to actual listening behavior as a means to connect you with people like yourself, suggest new music, and even personalize web portals and media applications.  Ahhh… the good ole days.  Most everyone tanked, given the music industry’s desire to sit on its ass and whine all day long….read more

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It had to happen, Zuner or later…

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Microsoft is finally going a bit less on the “soft” and has all but officially presented the “Zune” line of music/media products. Absolutely mediocre name, by the way. Leading to bad puns like comingzune.com, the “grass-roots” marketing campaign. Besides moving on the music/media bandwagon way toooooo late, they have to adopt a totally marshmellow name. Earth to Microsoft. Make great products. Its not really that crazy of a formula when you are already a leading firm in the industry. Listen to people and Make great products. Products that, when you…read more

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“The news is too depressing”… says the viewer to Katie Couric

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The Times has a piece covering CBS news and its plans for a rather intensive launch of the new product, with Ms. Couric at the anchor desk. The Times qualified the Couric post as the first female sole anchor of a major network news cast. Something striking however was a comment Couric made regarding feedback she was getting from potential viewers regarding what they would like the news to be. Longer news stories, with an eye towards how these stories are relevant to the viewers lives would seem rather compelling…read more

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Who are all these people surprised by the long tail?

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Congrats to Mr Anderson on what appears to be a rather successful, if not Type 1 (or 2, depending upon your perspective), launch of his book “The Long Tail.” There are still some issues around this concept that surprise me. First, who are all these people somehow surprised, intrigued and otherwise previously inexperienced with this long tail? Anyone who spends their time online lives in the tail for the majority of their lives – search engines, eBay, Amazon, music services, etc. The premise of web retailing, in fact, was to…read more

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Social entrepreneurship and Monk eBusiness

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Wired has an interesting peek of a story on a group of monks in Wisconsin who have just happened to create a flourishing business re-filling toner cartridges.  The business, LaserMonks (Real Savings, Real Monks), passed the mark of over $2 million per year in business.  No one takes a real salary, though it would seem food, lodging and vespers come with the gig for those so spiritually inclined.  The monks donate portions of each sale directly to charity.  They also are rumored in the story, to have some perquisites including…read more

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