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Women & Web 3.0 (Part 2)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 24th 2007

Top Players and Rankings

With more and more women going online for quality content on health, beauty, parenting, shopping, entertainment, dating, etc. there is a rising demand for women’s portals. Some of the top sites for women are iVillage, BellaOnline, Handbag and Janemag. Style, fashion, beauty, shopping sites are very popular among young college going women as well as working women.

The women’s sites are experiencing strong growth. iVillage has grown its user base in 11 of the past 12 months. Glam, which recently overtook Disney’s women network and Conde Nast’s Network, is catching up fast with iVillage. It claims to have over 16 million global visitors, although the way their traffic is measured is somewhat ambiguous. >>>

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I Would Not Sell Sify

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 24th 2007

On the face of it, there is a strong similarity between Rediff (REDF) and Sify (SIFY). Both have portal sites that offer a wide gamut of online services. But in Sify’s case the portal is just a small piece in a big jigsaw puzzle that together makes up the company’s operations.

In order to understand Sify as it is today, let’s take a peek at its past.

In the early Internet era the most visible dotcom presence was inevitably a website and all that goes into getting it up and running, namely domain name registration, web design, and hosting.

Satyam Computer Services of which Sify, then Satyam Infoway was a part, incorporated in December 1995, was pretty much into virtually every Internet related service. This meant that while new companies with nimble-footed ability forged ahead offering focused and clearly identifiable services, Satyam despite first-mover advantage, chose to become bloated and burdened by a widely divergent product portfolio, outsourced services being their primary money-making business. >>>

Jim Satloff & Neal Goldman’s AI Engine, Inform (Part 2)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 24th 2007

SM: What is your target customer? (Please provide a good segmentation perspective)

JS: Our target clients include publishers and information providers who seek to maximize the value of their content. Many of these publishers support a network of properties, and employ Inform’s technology to offer more value to their users across sites. We also operate within a number of verticals including sports, finance, science, and law. Inform is increasingly targeting smaller publishers, including blogs, as we develop a model that will allow us to serve clients with fewer page views and smaller budgets. Current examples of live clients include The Washington Post, The New York Sun, Turner Broadcasting, and over 40 others. >>>

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Taking on Business Intelligence: Lucidera CEO Ken Rudin (Part 8)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 24th 2007

SM: Describe some of your team building experiences. Is your management team complete now?

KR: Finding the right executive team members can be a nerve-wracking experience. You are essentially giving a huge amount of responsibility to a person who in many cases you’ve only known for a few weeks during the interview process. A key element of your company’s success rests in their hands.

At LucidEra, the VP of Engineering was a co-founder with me, and I had worked with him for many years prior to us starting LucidEra together, so there was no risk there. But, with Marketing and Sales, I spent months talking to a large number of candidates. Then, when I felt I had found the right person for each of those roles, I asked each one to come in a few times and work with me on specific topics so I could see what it’s like to work with them. >>>

Women & Web 3.0 (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 23rd 2007

Overview

Women have made their presence felt on the Internet and if you don’t believe it then check the numbers below. Today, 51.7% of Internet users are women and they are growing. In 2006 the total number of women online in the US was 93.9 million compared to 88 million males. According to eMarketer, currently there are around 97.2 million female Internet users and the numbers are expected to rise up to 109.7 million in 2011, constituting 51.9% of the total online population.

Internet usage of women

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iPhone Component Ecosystem: National Semiconductor

Posted on Monday, Jul 23rd 2007

In this post, we will be analyzing National Semiconductor as part of the series on the major players in the iPhone’s component ecosystem. In the iPhone, National Semiconductor supplies the 24-bit RGB serial display interface which connects the display to the graphics controller.

National Semiconductor (NYSE: NSM), with a market cap of $8.60 billion, is a leading analog company based in Santa Clara, California. Its main products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, communication interface products, and data conversion solutions. Its operations are organized in two groups: the Power Management Group and the Analog Signal Path Group as well as three other business units that address displays, device connectivity, and ASIC & telecom. In fiscal 2006, approximately 86% of its revenues were generated from analog-based products. In June 2005, to focus on its core analog businesses, the company sold its cordless business unit in Europe to HgCapital.

On the financial front, in Q4 2007, National reported net income of $90.1 million, or 28 cents per share, on sales of $455.9 million. This is an increase of 5.8% from the previous quarter, which saw sales of $431.0 million and earnings of 22 cents per share. However, it is a year-on-year decline of 20.4% compared to Q4 2006 sales of $572.6 million and earnings of 34 cents per share. >>>

Jim Satloff & Neal Goldman’s AI Engine, Inform (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 23rd 2007

It turns out that both Jim Satloff and I happen to be Artificial Intelligence aficionados. What you read here is a discussion on Inform’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) based technology that attempts to create an interesting value proposition for publishers on the web. AI has been a notoriously difficult technology genre with big promises and relatively smaller actualization, except for the Search Engines. Let’s see if what Inform has to offer makes sense. >>>

Taking on Business Intelligence: Lucidera CEO Ken Rudin (Part 7)

Posted on Monday, Jul 23rd 2007

SM: What stage are you at now? Revenue? Profitability? Traffic? Customers? Users? Any other metrics you track?

KR: We launched our service in Q2 of this year, and the response has been fantastic. We’ve already signed up our first set of paying customers, which is a great milestone for us.

Initially, our primary goals are based on reaching a certain number of paying customers. However, we are moving towards goals based on a key metric for an on-demand company: Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR). A lot of on-demand companies focus on the bookings number, but that can be very, very misleading in a subscription service business like ours. MRR captures all aspects of the business: new customers, renewals, customer churn, discount amounts, and so on. At the end of the day, the goal is to have MRR increase by a certain percentage each month. >>>