Twitter killed the blog

tisdag, oktober 27, 2009

Revisiting my RSS feed

Revisited my RSS feed today, haven't thought about my Google reader in ages these twitterdays. A few things stood out in the flow:

* Spotify CTO Andreas Ehn leaving, Spotify will continue their journey, supported by their massive momentum. I guess still tough for the Spotify team to loose such a valuable player in their line up
* Hasse Eriksson, former head of Myspace Nordic, to become CEO of Bambuser. Look forward to see if Mr Eriksson can make a business out of a great story
* My old boss Barry Diller sees no major acquisition coming up, which goes in line with a number of events happened last year around some of the people I know better
* More cuts across the board at Forbes - ouch, traditional media is suffering big time. No news
* Chinese search giant Baidu continues to grow, Q over Q sales were up 39% for Q3, to $187 million. Search is important, even in China
* Surprise visit by Sergey Brin at Web 2.0 Summit, hope he enjoys being a surprise visitor in the real world, still guess he would still like to start up something new, if he could

Flight to Copenhagen in a few hours, better get to bed.

onsdag, oktober 21, 2009

Great TED Talk about intangible values, royal potatoes and diamond Shreddies

I got a tip from Fredrik Härén on the clips below, from TED Global this summer.

Rory Sutherland is talking on intangible values and has loaded his talk with some great cases of marketing and brand building.

My favourite case is the example about Shreddies and the introduction of Diamond Shreddies, this is in the second half of the second clip.

The Talk is a just crowded with one liners and great quotes, watch it.

Part 1:

Part 2:

söndag, oktober 04, 2009

The third wave of Nordic Internet Entrepreneurship

I am just about to hand in my final SIME jury votes for the Mighty 36. And my excitement is growing by the minute about what is cooking in the Nordic entrepreneurial kitchen.

I am getting more and more confident that we are up for an unprecedented period in the Nordic online history where Skypes, Spotifies and Livebookings will pop up in numbers. Just like within the music industry where ABBA/Blue Swede/Europe/Roxette/etc created a cluster from which the Swedish music export wonder was built, we are heading for an era of the same kind within the online entrepreneurial world.

I wrote here more than a year ago about the "third Internet wave" and the forecast from back then is materialising more and more. When SIME asked me for a quote about the state of entrepreneurship in the Nordics, for their release about the SIME Awards nominees, I said something similar pointing at that we are seeing "the third time around entrepreneurs".

The comparison I made was that it is often commonly referred to that when you build your first house you make a lot of beginner mistakes. When you are on to build the second house you are avoiding making the same mistakes. The third attempt building a house is when you have a comfortable holistic view of the project at the same time as getting it right in the details.

In today's SvD there is an article presenting some of these promising companies and entrepreneurs. It is great to see how SvD is presenting Ted, Sorosh, Daniel, etc as the heroes they are and I am sure these kind of - well deserved - media attention is fuelling even more potential entrepreneurs to give their ideas and visions a shot.

Can't almost wait, it is going to be some fun years to come!