Perhaps it’s too easy and too much fun to break out the crystal ball and play prognosticator. I can’t even count the number of times an overzealous music writer has anointed yet another dime-store troubadour as the next Bob Dylan.
But we’re convinced that Paul Taylor of the Financial Times was onto something when he got his Nostradamus on and described the open-source Web conferencing tool Dimdim as “the shape of online conferencing to come.”
In his Personal Technology column in today’s FT, Taylor addressed how the recession has changed the way we conduct meetings, and how face-to-face encounters are being replaced by virtual ones. All of which bodes well for Dimdim, which he pegged as “the most interesting new Web-based conferencing package” and a tool that’s “ready to go head-to-head with the sector’s big boys.” He also predicted that free services, such as Dimdim, “will shift the balance.”
Now, if we can just get Mr. Taylor to give us his pick for the most capable candidate to cover “All Along the Watchtower.”
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Danny Bonaduce (remember him from the Partridge Family) was just on CNN Showbiz Tonight and talked about how he uses coComment. Essentially, coComment allows him to remember all the places where he’s left comments (on websites) and he can also see who has commented on his comments. To put it another way – in real life, we make a statement about something, usually somebody else responds, and then we respond.. hence, a conversation. In the Internet, these exchanges are usually staccato – we make a comment, and then that’s it. We don’t know when somebody else writes a response or if the conversation sparks a life of it’s own. coComment solves this problem by bringing all these pieces together – just like a real life conversation. And for an opinionated guy like Danny Bonaduce (also a DJ on 97.1FM), keeping track of his conversations is a pretty important aspect of his job.
Today, the Financial Times wrote a piece highlighting European companies that have been able to hold their own against their American counterparts. XING, Europe’s largest business networking site, has not only emerged as the first Web 2.0 company to IPO in the world, but has also been making money, something you don’t hear about too often in the Internet world. The story featured a large photo of Lars Hinrichs, CEO and founder, below. You can read the story in its entirety here: Europe’s Online Voice.
Today, the Financial Times features a story written by Chris Nuttall that focuses on the entrepreneurial experience and spirit of Loic Le Meur, founder of Seesmic and the international conference, LeWeb3. The article is entitled Share Ideas to the Maximum. While it provides an insider’s view on Loic’s journey from his first start up to becoming France’s #1 blogger and founder of beta/invite-only video conversation site, Seesmic, it also for the first time publishes Loic’s 10 tips on what to do (and not to do) when starting a startup.
Here’s an excerpt from Chris’s article:
● Don’t wait for a revolutionary idea. It will never happen. Just focus on a simple, exciting, empty space and execute as fast as possible
● Share your idea. The more you share, the more you get advice and the more you learn. Meet and talk to your competitors.
● Build a community. Use blogging and social software to make sure people hear about you.
● Listen to your community. Answer questions and build your product with their feedback.
● Gather a great team. Select those with very different skills from you. Look for people who are better than you.
● Be the first to recognise a problem. Everyone makes mistakes. Address the issue in public, learn about and correct it.
● Don’t spend time on market research. Launch test versions as early as possible. Keep improving the product in the open.
● Don’t obsess over spreadsheet business plans. They are not going to turn out as you predict, in any case.
● Don’t plan a big marketing effort. It’s much more important and powerful that your community loves the product.
● Don’t focus on getting rich. Focus on your users. Money is a consequence of success, not a goal.