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Fake it till you make it

March 8, 2012   -   0 comments   -  

Cross posted from the startupgiraffe blog How do you validate your startup idea and start gaining early traction, without spending a ton of time and money building software? Delay complexity as long as possible by doing things manually. “Fake it till you make it.” Below are some examples of how successful companies smoke / ghetto

Introducing StoryStack

November 29, 2010   -   7 comments   -  

For the past few weeks my two buddies and I have been coding non-stop and last night completed the first iteration of our product.  Now it’s time to take a step back, get some people using the app and see if we’re on the right track. What’s the product? StoryStack lets people create beautiful digital

Steal this Product Idea: Sign.al

March 22, 2010   -   16 comments   -  

We are overloaded with information.  During the course of my day I email, tweet, comment, post, chat, message, buzz, check in, call, sms, mms, bbm and sometimes (if I’m really lucky) actually talk to people.  We are moving towards an ever increasing flood of content (much of it automated) and it’s only gettin’ worse.  One

B2B Social Media Marketing

February 22, 2010   -   5 comments   -  

Many people question the value of social media for B2B companies.  I recently gave two sessions trying to answer these questions: Why/How do B2B companies engage in social media? What should companies listen to on the social web and how? What type of content should your company be generating? What is social search and how

Game Changer: Why Google bought Aardvark for $50 million

February 11, 2010   -   25 comments   -  

As confirmed by TechCrunch, Google today announced that they’ve bough Aardvark for $50 million – brilliant move by the Goog. I’ll get to the why after a little background. Google still dominates the most lucrative percentage of marketing dollars spent on the web: But recently they seem scared. Google is a one trick pony, with

Google's Biggest Competitor isn't another Search Engine

January 24, 2010   -   5 comments   -  

There’s no doubt that Google Search is a great product, but aside from some cosmetic changes in how results are displayed there hasn’t been any major innovation in search in the last few years (aright, Goggles is pretty awesome): There are a number of questions which Google fails to answer: “where’s the best bagel in

Eating our own Dogfood in Marketing 2.0 Class

January 22, 2010   -   14 comments   -  

Social Media and Web 2.0 is all about the collaborative, bidirectional flow of information.  It’s no longer a brand, company or authority figure dictating the rules.  As part of the course I’m teaching at NMIMS and ISB, I’m trying to apply the same principals and ask the students to help shape the class.   Here are some

Introduction to Paid Online Advertising

December 3, 2009   -   0 comments   -  

This past weekend I gave my first two lectures at SPJain on paid online marketing.  I thought it went pretty well, the students seemed really engaged and interested in the material.  The slides, course outline and videos are posted below.  I’ve also agreed to do a 6 week course at another business school: NMIMS (more

Want to be a billion dollar company? Get 28mil users

October 28, 2009   -   5 comments   -  

Business models on the web are undergoing a massive transformation. Originally mimicking the print industry (advertising revenues based on circulation numbers), we are now only beginning to explore real value adding, revenue generating opportunities which leverage the real-time, social, location-aware, collaborative nature of the web. While there are companies who are strategically concerned with building

Slides from Social Media Training Sessions

July 8, 2009   -   10 comments   -  

Last week I gave a few training sessions to new joinees in our company covering Social Media, Online Advertising and Analytics.  From talks I’ve had with new joinees, I’ve found this information isn’t covered in college/graduate coursework. I’m planning on turning this into a longer course and teaching at one of the business schools here.

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