Jan 102012
The Race to be the OS of Life

There is a battle going on now among technology companies. They all want to be the online entry point for consumers, the operating system for everything we do digitally. I’ve written previously on this topic, calling it an updated version of the old portal strategy from early Web days. I think that comparison is accurate […]

Jun 072011

Ev Ehrlich over at High Tech Forum wrote an excellent piece yesterday about some recent comments by Google’s Eric Schmidt. According to Schmidt there are four megafirms right now executing well on what he calls “platform strategies” – Google (search), Apple (gadgets/ecosystem), Amazon (online retailing) and Facebook (social connectivity). It’s a good piece, and even […]

Sep 102010
If .CO Can Do It, Why Not .Nike?

Unless you’re directly involved in the domain name industry, you probably haven’t heard about the runaway success of .CO. It’s the country code top level domain (ccTLD) for the country of Columbia, and previously a registrant had to have some kind of direct relationship with Columbia to register one. That all changed this summer, when […]

Apr 272008
RIM Battles Apple for the $79 PC Market

(graphic credit New York Times) Interesting article in the Times today about the battle between Research In Motion (RIM) and Apple for dominance of the smartphone market. Smartphones are becoming so capable these days I call them $79 personal computers. As the article notes, until the introduction of the iPhone the market was focused on […]