Google Hell

SoCal CTO

I just saw a Forbes article talking about Google Hell - getting placed in the secondary index. It doesn't prevent Google Hell, but it certainly reduces the chances I've worked with several businesses that were essentially based on driving traffic via search engine optimization (SEO). There are a wide variety of techniques that can be used, but getting high rankings is not easy and highly volatile.

Google Maps Mobile

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Google Maps Mobile I recently downloaded Google Maps Mobile for my Treo. Its works great. And there was a big surprise. It includes traffic! This is something that Ive wanted on my wifes GPS for a while. If you havent checked it out, its pretty amazing. My only minor complaint is that it doesnt have a menu option to disconnect the phone from the data connection.

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Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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In twenty years, Fiber will be one of Google’s most valuable assets. 2) Fiber is a means to Google’s vision of the future of computing. Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are striving to be the super-mega technology company that owns every layer of the value chain.

Challenge of Predicting Winners

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Challenge of Predicting Winners I just read a bit on the payout to YouTube from the Google Acquisition ( Internet News , CNN ). Part of the discussion around this is the talk about the founder who only got $83M (as compared to $3xxM for the other founders) who bailed out early and choose to go back to school. The poor guy. What a bad $200M decision.

Interesting Model for University President

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Sunday, February 25, 2007 Interesting Model for University President Saw a post by Paul Kedrosky pointing us to Graeme Thickins on How Stanford Does It. Its interesting to think about how universities might want to have their staff better aligned with moving ideas from the lab to start-ups. In my experience, this has been really hard to do successfully.

Events and Networking in Los Angeles

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, February 23, 2007 Events and Networking in Los Angeles One of the issues I discussed in Innovation and Geography was that the geography and traffic in Los Angeles generally makes it more difficult for networking.

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Innovation and Geography

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Innovation and Geography I ran across a post in Read/Write Web - Does Location Matter in Web Innovation? that talked about a recent NY Times article When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny. Reading the articles and the comments is probably worth it, but I personally think that the NY Times is overstating the advantage of being in Silicon Valley with a couple of exceptions.

About this Blog

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 About this Blog Ive been thinking about doing a blog with my thoughts on technology and whats happening in the Los Angeles area technology scene for a while, but it was Ben Kuos recent start of a blog that inspired me to actually go ahead and do it.

A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive I recently met with The Hive a new incubator in Orange County. This company was started by Victoria Duff (who many of us know from back in the late 90s), Phillis Lane (who I have known for quite a few years) and Jon Bukosky. What I really liked in my conversations with The Hive is that they are willing to work with and fund ventures that would never get VC dollars.

Where LinkedIn Works for Me

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 Where LinkedIn Works for Me Ive been a long time user of LinkedIn , but only recently have started getting the benefits I always expected. Im sure that many of you have read Guys article Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn.

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Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles?

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles? Im part of a CTO group that meets once a month to discuss various topics. About 18 months ago, the entire group began to mention that they were having more difficulty finding good developers. Since then it has become much harder to find people and while we are talking about hiring relatively small numbers of people, the typical sources of candidates dont seem to be working.

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YouTube Introduces its Own App for iPhone and iPod touch | Google Adds Editing to the iOS Drive App

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It also allows you to share on Google+, Facebook or text message in the app, as well as to Twitter and email. To make soup taste better, Google added that its working on an optimized version of the YouTube app for iPad to be launched in a few months.

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Effort

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Search engine giant Google said over the weekend that the firm has been developing technology for self driving cars, driving automated cars across California, including Los Angeles and Santa Monica. According to Google, it has hired what it says were some of the very best engineers from the DARPA Grand Challenge, DARPA's robotic vehicle competition, and applied them to develop its own, automated cars. Tags: google automotive auto robotic robots grand challenge darpa

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: GoogleClick - Who owns your cash register?

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By Frank Addante Since Googles announcement of their decision to acquire DoubleClick for $3.1 A move very similar to what Google is doing with DoubleClick today. Google is clearly the driving force behind its success. Google made it simple.

Interview: Clark Benson of Founder & CEO of Ranker.com - Dicusses Playing Nice With Google

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Prior to Ranker, Clark founded four other successful companies, including eCrush, which he sold to the Hearst Corporation in 2007. 5) Google does a great job with indexed search. Google can definitely work complimentary to what we are doing.

Google For Icons | IconFinder Providing The Best for Developers and Designers

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It’s basically Google for icons. The public version was launched in 2007 and got on the front page of Digg, on Lifehacker and Smashing magazine. From 2007 to 2009 I added a lot of icons and made minor improvements.

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The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

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Why AltaVista Failed To Become as Successful as Google. Mike believes the reason AltaVista didn’t become Google ( despite their market leadership position ) was because they didn’t focus on search. How Quigo Went Head-to-Head With Google.

YouMail Gets New Competition: Google

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Irvine-based startup YouMail has just gotten a new competitor: search engine giant Google, which launched a significantly comparable service to YouMail's voice mail services. The venture backed startup--which has scored funding from the Tech Coast Angels and VantagePoint Venture Partners--appears to have significant overlap to Google's new Google Voice services. Tags: google voice youmail telephone mail voicemail telecom

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

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As noted in YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund , many YouTube personalities are sensitive to the nature of the ads associated with their content. In 2007, Microsoft loudly proclaimed the creation of clickable video ads.

Interview with Dave Newmark, Bid4Spots On Google, Radio, and more

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Yesterday, Google announced that it was shutting down its Google Audio efforts--the search engine giant's efforts to try to sell radio advertising. What are your thoughts on the Google announcement? Tags: bid4spots google radio interview newmark advertising dave

How Addroid Is Hoping To Solve The Ad Industry's Flash Problem, with Matt Cooper

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There's been a huge debate over the future of Adobe's Flash raging over the last month, as both Google and Mozilla disabled Flash due to security holes and other issues. Since the iPhone in 2007, we are seeing that mobile is taking over, and what we were doing was not as relevant.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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Before weighing in on the subject I would point out one thing that should be obvious to many of you – the iPhone was originally launched in 2007 in an exclusive partnership with AT&T and this was vital to both Apple and AT&T and was a hard negotiation throughout 2005 and 2006. Excite, MSN and eventually Google.

Amazon's New AutoRip Converts CDs To MP3, Echoes AnywhereCD

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The service is suprisingly close to AnywhereCD , the now defunct San Diego startup started by MP3.com pioneer Michael Robertson, which had offered pretty much the identical functionality back in 2007.

Interview With Mike Mothner, Wpromote On Growth, Acquisitions

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We caught up with founder and CEO Mike Mothner --who we first interviewed back in 2007 --to catch up with the company, gets some hints and tips on growing a company, the challenges of bootstrapping, and why Wpromote hopes to be buying more companies in the future. People are moving from the desktop to mobile, and fewer people are searching using Google, and they've been asking�where does that leave us?

How ConsumerTrack Has Created A Growing, Profitable--and Mostly Unknown Business

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The world here is constantly changing -- particularly with shifts to mobile, Google algorithms, etc. - It''s all about staying on top of things, such as mobile trends, changes to Google algorithms, that''s something we do on a day-to-day basis.

Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports

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John Mudge: We launched IBN Sports in January of 2007, focused on creating an interactive, broadcast network for sports. This last season, we did over 600 high school football games all over the country, and signed a partnership with Google/YouTube and others.

Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America

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our marketplace, you go to Fine Art America, join, and you get an online profile, much like a Facebook or Google Plus. building Fine Art America in 2006 as a part time project, and launched the web site in 2007. I grew it from 2007 through.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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Smart phones finally took off leading to enormous wealth creation for Apple employees and investors but also helped propel Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and others. You’ll see here that in 2007 people were willing to pay 7.7x

MP3Tunes Files For Bankruptcy

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EMI sued MP3tunes in 2007, accusing the firm of violating its copyright. Despite that, MP3tunes did pave the way for similar online music locker services like Amazon.com and Google's own. San Diego-based MP3tunes , the online music locker service started by Michael Robertson, has filed for bankruptcy, according to documents posted to the web by an ex-employee.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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We all have one-click purchase power (Apple, Google, Amazon, eBay). 2007 was the watershed year. There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been.

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

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Google and Yahoo aren''t going to buy them, AOL has already made its bet, and your only real path to an exit is an IPO for any kind of liquidity. If you rate the market on a one to ten scale, with one being 2002 and ten being 2007, we''re probably at around five or six.

Why The Growth Of The Internet Is Driving EdgeCast's Revenues

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We started the company in the fall of 2006, launched in 2007, and have been offering our services to all kinds of mission critical websites since then.

Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. Beyond the fuzzy, high-level questions, there are often a lot of very specific questions like do we Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Google Friend Connect for Authentication ?

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