from Paul Smalera:

The platform problem in social media

June 22, 2012

The two speakers from Twitter -- Ryan Sarver and Doug Williams -- had just left the stage at Big Boulder, a data conference I'm attending in Colorado, when Twitter, the service, went down Thursday. Neither of them have anything to do with keeping the service up and running, but the restless audience probably still would've thrown the hotel-provided notepads and candies at them if they could've. Such was the level of dissatisfaction about the Twitter platform's outage yesterday -- and let's face it, any day a service we rely on goes out, even when the crowd in question doesn't consist of users and consumers of social big data, and the odd journalist.

Swipp looks to quantify your comments

June 21, 2012

Silicon Valley start-up Swipp says it has raised $3.5 million in funding from venture firm Old Willow Partners, an early investors in Groupon. It will use the cash to develop and launch its first products sometime in late fall. On the subject of what exactly those products will be, Chief Executive and co-founder Don Thorson was cagey. But it seems like he’s aiming to create a social network where it would be easier for consumers and merchants to analyze or make money from data than on say Twitter or Facebook.

MinoMonsters releases new version, takes aim at Pokemon fans

June 21, 2012

By Mauro Whiteman

Apple iOS gamers who miss the Pokemon monster-battling adventures of their childhoods may come one step closer to fulfillment today with the release of an updated version of MinoMonsters.

from Paul Smalera:

Startups are big in Boulder, but where are the tech billionaires?

June 20, 2012

"I'm not interested in working on this unless it's going to be a multi-billion dollar idea. If I thought this would be a hundred million dollar company -- what's the point?" - Anonymous entreprerneur discussing his startup. Overheard in front of Ozo Coffee, Boulder, CO.

Scratching the Surface: When is a tablet not a tablet?

June 20, 2012

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet

Lyor Cohen to rivals: ‘Why can’t we all get along?’

June 20, 2012

Lyor Cohen (right) with hip hop artist Kanye West last year.

Lyor Cohen, Warner Music’s chief executive for recorded music, thinks the long-suffering and depleted music business would do a lot better if it could just stop the bitter in-fighting and back-stabbing particularly among the major label owner rivals Universal Music Group, Sony Music and EMI.

Journalist gets up close and personal with killer-quintet

June 15, 2012

Radio journalist Nancy Mullane has gone behind the walls of California’s infamous San Quentin state prison to chronicle how life unfolds for five inmates convicted of murder.

Pao made needlessly “scurrilous” claims: Kleiner

June 15, 2012

When are facts just the facts– and when do they become scurrilous?

That’s the question created by venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins in its bid to arbitrate partner Ellen Pao’s discrimination lawsuit against the firm — a turn of events which would sink the proceedings out of public view.

Xerox’s Burns fires at Masters’ no-women policy

June 14, 2012

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns has some strong opinions on Augusta National Golf Club’s policy of not admitting women as members.

Kleiner Perkins and gender discrimination plaintiff wrangle over love poems episode

June 14, 2012


The “Book of Longing”: spiritual screed or salacious smut?

A 2006 tract of love poems by Sixties crooner Leonard Cohen, of all things, has emerged as a key point of contention in the high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit that’s sent Silicon Valley into a tizzy.