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Designs That Move: Alessi’s Vacuum Cleaner

Posted on Sunday, Apr 15th 2007

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Designs That Move: Bang & Olufsen Speakers

Posted on Sunday, Apr 15th 2007

“BeoLab 8000 stands poised on its cast-iron base; like a graceful ballerina balancing on her toes, the delicate look is combined with a robust construction and performance. The highly polished surface absorbs and reflects its surroundings, and is available in a range of bold colours, making BeoLab 8000 the perfect exclamation mark in any interior.” More here.

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Designs That Move: Sydney Lynch Necklace

Posted on Saturday, Apr 14th 2007

“My design vocabulary derives from a wide range of sources which reflect my personal interests: the natural forms of rocks and seashells that I’ve collected since childhood, the lines and contours of landscapes where I’ve lived and traveled, the rich surfaces and intriguing shapes I find in weathered areas of the city. I’m interested in tribal and ancient jewelry that illustrates the human need to arrange found objects in new and meaningful relationships.”

Read Sydney’s artist’s statement here.

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Designs That Move: Terence Conran Chair

Posted on Saturday, Apr 14th 2007

Sir Terence Conran is one of the world’s best-known designers. He founded England’s popular home furnishing store, Habitat, which brought good, affordable, modern design to the general public.

In 1989, Sir Terence opened the Design Museum at Butlers Wharf, the first of its kind in the world.

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Google Acquires Doubleclick for $3.1 B

Posted on Friday, Apr 13th 2007

Good! Just as I was complaining about Google’s absense of CPM-based display advertising options, they have picked up Doubleclick.

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“DoubleClick’s technology is widely adopted by leading advertisers, publishers and agencies, and the combination of the two companies will accelerate the adoption of Google’s innovative advances in display advertising,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a statement.

Google’s deal for DoubleClick is both a blow to Yahoo and Microsoft, which also was said to be interested in buying DoubleClick. Microsoft (Charts) owns MSN, the third largest search firm, and has struggled to catch up with Google and Yahoo in the online advertising business.

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Here’s my article: Giving Up on Adsense, which outlines the problem that not having CPM-based display advertising created, and an earlier analysis of how Yahoo could have killed Google AdSense based on their display advertising capability.

The acquisition of Doubleclick now puts Google in a much stronger position.

Active Customer Engagement (ACE)

Posted on Friday, Apr 13th 2007

About 7 years ago, Mark Perry at NEA got me involved with a company that was then called CGTime, later renamed Cariocas. The Founder was a Stanford Game theorist called Yoav Shoham. He had created a collection of game theory based “games” for Active Customer Engagement (ACE). The company was too early, not very well managed, in the middle of the market crash, etc. but I liked the concepts in it.

Ever since the social networking phenomenon emerged, I keep going back to what I learnt at that company as the monetization strategy. >>>

Giving Up on AdSense

Posted on Friday, Apr 13th 2007

I am a painful critic for Google’s AdSense program, as it pertains to Content (not Search). My beef is that it doesn’t take into account any understanding of the target audience of a publisher, nor does it take into account Context or Intent. >>>

Leadership Profile: Tom Werner (Part 5)

Posted on Friday, Apr 13th 2007

Tom joined SunPower in 2003, and the IPO occurred in 2005. Here we review the steps the company took in that timeframe which led to not only a successful IPO, but also laid the foundation for its current success.

SM: Between the time you showed up and the IPO, what was happening to the business in terms of scaling? TW: That is a fascinating story in and of itself. In April 2003 the technical team made their first cell that was 20% efficient in production size and format. They did that in a Cypress fabrication site in Texas. At the time we had five people in the Philippines who were essentially the core crew that was going to set up our manufacturing operations.

When I showed up full time in June, we called a summit and polled the team in the Philippines, the team in Texas and the team here to find out exactly where we were. We learned that we were not as organized as we could have been but we had the existence proof that a high efficiency solar cell could be fabricated in the right form factor. >>>