If there was any theme for this week it would be to go with your instincts. A week of meeting new people, on and off-line, along with some others I haven’t seen in a while.
Some of these people have given me inspiration for the future and others validated my existing ideas.
It doesn’t matter what you believe, it’s whether you think it’s right that matters. Your conviction will determine your success, because as there will always be people that disagree with you, there will always be others that don’t.
Therefore it would be remiss of me not to mention Steve who bought me a Full English this week and Rick who paid for the Indian, both entrepreneurial types that deserve the success they are heading towards.
Are the newspaper tycoons of yesteryear finally getting it? Due to report losses of £30 million, following last years loss of £34 million, surely this will cause concern. The Guardian are looking to Digital to be their saviour, where revenues are expected to top £47 million this year.
Being the prestigious publication it is the FT seems to have taken the bull by the horns when it comes to Digital. In a move that was surely an attempt to circumvent Apples 30% commission rate (which has now been dropped) for subscription based services on the iOS platform the FT released their “Web App” for iPad & iPhone avoiding the proposed App Store fee. Now it’s hard to get excited unless you understand what is going on here, but suffice to say this is the most gorgeous implementation of web technology I have seen. More importantly they have done something that many others are likely to utilise and that’s made a “Web App” usable offline. I could gone on forever…just go and try it for yourself.
Tips are always a popular subject when related to Twitter and these 10 are no different. Keep these in mind if you plan to use Twitter to leverage your brand.
The print industry may be feeling some pain currently but online brands are not immune. We are all aware of the Myspace demise and although not at that scale the latest figures from Hitwise are a warning to all that the “bigger you are the harder you fall“. YouTube, possibly the sleeping giant of Social Media, along with Twitter are slowly eating away at Facebook’s dominance of the social space.
East London, the home to over a 100 Tech Start-ups pales in comparison to the US Silicon Valley. Courtney Boyd Myers gives a States side view of Digital Entrepreneurship in the UK. Of course the British weather gets a mention along with our supposed reservedness, taking some of the blame for the lack of local collaboration.
Anything I overlooked? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.