ITNorthWest VoiceMorrison: Google Adwords: Landing page now a factor in quality score (9.12.2005, 16:13 UTC)
Morrison: Google Adwords: Landing page now a factor in quality score Liam provides tips on Google + Landing pages Some additional tips on landing pages - here and here
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ITNorthWest VoiceeBay gum! Chew on this lads. (7.12.2005, 11:47 UTC)
We’re into our second month with Tablane, our multi-lane, XML rich browser. Over a thousand downloads. We’ve got the makings of a plan. We’re starting to get ourselves known. The good people of web2.0ireland have written up a decent profile. Our browser is getting very robust. Intelligent, constructive feedback is trickling into our forums. We should get the investment we need to ramp up. So what’s the matter? You may remember that I’ve been tinkering with Google A...
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ITNorthWest VoiceDon Dodge on The Next Big Thing: How to handle the first VC meeting (1.12.2005, 20:42 UTC)
Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing: How to handle the first VC meeting Some good pointers of VC meeting prep work - i would personally recommend 8 slides (with a "power" slide at #1 - just in case you get pulled in different directions - and backup slides to backup some asusmptions/data points)
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ITNorthWest VoiceThe coffee shops of Mayfair: Web2.0 and venture capital (30.11.2005, 23:50 UTC)
The coffee shops of Mayfair: Web2.0 and venture capital Some interesting insights on web2.0 from the likes of John Batelle (web2.0, FM), Judy Gibbons (Accel, 02, ex-MSN) and others. Worth a read.
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ITNorthWest VoiceIreland - Entrepeneurial Hub? (30.11.2005, 22:19 UTC)
Ireland - Entrepeneurial Hub? Michele spots a piece on ENN relating to Irish Startup barometer - lots of activity.....
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ITNorthWest VoiceNick Denton: Startup kit (30.11.2005, 19:03 UTC)
Nick Denton: Startup kit a good list of apps/info you need... for a startup
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ITNorthWest VoiceBradenton Herald | 11/25/2005 | Google ignites hiring frenzy (29.11.2005, 01:42 UTC)
Bradenton Herald | 11/25/2005 | Google ignites hiring frenzy This is also beginning to happen in Ireland - the big guys are all based here (favourable tax, English speaking, Well educated, Guinness), and access to top notch engineering talent is ramping up with competition !!
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ITNorthWest VoiceSacred Cow Dung: MYTH: "VCs care about what your application looks like." (29.11.2005, 00:11 UTC)
Sacred Cow Dung: MYTH: "VCs care about what your application looks like." "If you want to attact venture capital, you need to focus on (1) The Market Opportunity and (2) The Execution Strategy Your actual product is NOT mission critical (at this point)."
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ITNorthWest Voiceevhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups (28.11.2005, 11:26 UTC)
evhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups Evan Williams shares "10 rules for startups".... great list. I liked #2 - no rss name here
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ITNorthWest VoiceStartup - need a flash desk.... (26.11.2005, 23:48 UTC)
Xooglers: Room to grow A lesson to any startup "Yes, the desks were wooden doors mounted on metal sawhorses." and the Company - Google.
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ITNorthWest VoiceThe Future of Web Apps - Web2.0 Event London (26.11.2005, 17:45 UTC)
Carson Workshops Summit - The Future of Web Apps Looks like this will be a cracking event..... Maybe a BarCamp London on Feb 7th or 9th would top this week
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ITNorthWest VoiceWeb2.0 Ireland (26.11.2005, 17:37 UTC)
The Irish Web2.0 scene is beginning to develop nicely - check Web2.0 Ireland blog (James and Emmet are just getting things going - goal is to do a "techcrunch ireland") - check Web2.0 Ireland. org - non-profit, supported by Enterprise Ireland - goal is to create a community of contributors 2006 looks promising.....
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ITNorthWest VoiceTablane -- Funny things happening on the way to our forums. (21.11.2005, 16:47 UTC)
Who'd have thought? For the last few weeks we've been running an AdWords campaign on Google for our new browser. To start with, I picked various obvious words like 'browser', 'tabbed browser' and so on. Then when Flock came out, I added that. (They haven't got a registered trademark yet, so this was allowed). Including Flock boosted our click-throughs, especially when our AdWords text said that our browser wasn't like Flock, but traffic was still fairly meagre to be honest. Anyway, negative adv...
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ITNorthWest VoiceJohn Battelle's Searchblog: VCs vs. The Platforms (18.11.2005, 19:35 UTC)
John Battelle's Searchblog: VCs vs. The Platforms Interesting development .... GYM (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft) competiting against VC's for deals....
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ITNorthWest VoiceWho Has Time For This?: How To NOT Write A Business Plan (17.11.2005, 14:03 UTC)
Who Has Time For This?: How To NOT Write A Business Plan Some great advice from David Cowan at Bessemer...... do check out the pitch submitted from Sproutit.com also check out tips from John Zagula at Ignition
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ITNorthWest VoiceThe Post Money Value: Microsoft Lesson - Rude Q&A (15.11.2005, 23:29 UTC)
The Post Money Value: Microsoft Lesson - Rude Q&A Rick jogged my memory on this term "Rude Q&A" bottom line - be prepared for the ackward questions.... keep a check on all "ackward" questions, and ensure you share "answers" with your team...
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ITNorthWest VoiceSoftware Only: Open source and the end of traditional sales and marketing (15.11.2005, 23:15 UTC)
Software Only: Open source and the end of traditional sales and marketing Open source business models are interesting - this post hits some great points. For some additional information check out this article by a SAP ventures person
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ITNorthWest VoiceTablane -- Towards a market? (14.11.2005, 13:09 UTC)
We released the 3rd Beta of our browser Tablane on Friday. This one has come on quite a long way since 28th October. It's robust and almost ready for a full release. We're tweaking how we organise and e-mail Collections, and then we'll be ready in the New Year. Some eagle eyes spotted that I had changed our AdWord text on Google to 'No, not like Flock'. This cheeky experiment, especially given that we were appearing every time someone searched for Flock, produced a noticeable spike in traffic,...
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ITNorthWest VoiceThe joys of Enterprise Sales.... (11.11.2005, 14:22 UTC)
SandHill.com | Sales & Marketing | Dealing with CIO Reality Take note "The CIO of one of the largest retail banks in the US recently told me that he has about 60 new projects under evaluation. About half of them will pass technical, functional and investment hurdles. He will then fund 4 to 6 over the next two years. That means that 25 or so projects that meet all objective criteria will not go forward."
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ITNorthWest VoiceA VC: Traits Of A Great Investor (11.11.2005, 10:16 UTC)
A list of traits any investor should have. Read more
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ITNorthWest VoiceRaising Initial Funding (west coast style) (10.11.2005, 12:38 UTC)
Raising_Initial_Funding.pdf (application/pdf Object) A west coast friend (in the US) of mine emailed me this presentation a while back.... we just need to tweak this for the West coast of Ireland process... :-)
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ITNorthWest Voicejobster blog: keeping it small (10.11.2005, 12:17 UTC)
jobster blog: keeping it small Jason at Jobster articulates how they are dealing with the "keeping it small" mentality (it follows up from a Forbes article in relation to Google)
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ITNorthWest VoiceHey Norton! - Ken Norton's blog - Leading cross-functional teams (10.11.2005, 12:14 UTC)
Hey Norton! - Ken Norton's blog - Leading cross-functional teams The role of product management is not recognized in the majority of Irish Tech companies - Ken puts together a great presentation on the "art" of product management
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ITNorthWest VoiceSmall Business: Invest in R&D, it's a good call - Sunday Times - Times Online (9.11.2005, 14:26 UTC)
Small Business: Invest in R&D, it's a good call - Sunday Times - Times Online A good piece on R&D and Irish Technology companies. It profiles Alatto who are a company to watch - i expect one of the big guys will acquire this company.... especially when you see the likes of this mobile activity
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ITNorthWest VoiceInternal Microsoft Memo - call to action (9.11.2005, 13:33 UTC)
Dave Winer - Microsoft 2005 check out email and memo...
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ITNorthWest VoiceNoam's "Founder Frustrations" blog (9.11.2005, 13:03 UTC)
Noam's "Founder Frustrations" blog great piece on founder equity.... and VC investment
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ITNorthWest VoiceTablane -- Eating Our Tails (9.11.2005, 11:42 UTC)
There are now thousands, tens of thousands, of references to our browser company Tablane on Google, MSN and Yahoo. Good news you might think. The references fall into two categories: References to about 7 original blog entries, including this one, and our regularly changed Google Adword copy turning up on a big bunch of 3rd party sites. None of the 3rd party sites carrying our Adword entry have any direct editorial bearing on Tablane at all. Meanwhile, the original blog entries are being linked...
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ITNorthWest VoiceThe Elusive Great Consumer Experience (7.11.2005, 23:34 UTC)
The Elusive Great Consumer Experience From Accel Partners Insightful article from Accel Partner on consumer experience, and some of the triggers they like to see.....
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ITNorthWest VoiceRodrigo A. Seplveda Schulz: RSS #018: Meet Marc Fleury, founder & CEO, Jboss Inc. (7.11.2005, 23:02 UTC)
Rodrigo A. Seplveda Schulz: RSS #018: Meet Marc Fleury, founder & CEO, Jboss Inc. Good advice... "I asked him for his advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: “believe”, “keep at it”, “be paranoid” and “believe in yourself” because everyone is going to have an opinion different than yours."
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ITNorthWest VoiceGoogleProductDevProcess (PDF) (7.11.2005, 11:58 UTC)
GoogleProductDevProcess.pdf (application/pdf Object) interesting....
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