ITNorthWest Voice

This is a blog for all the technology entrepreneurs based in the North West of Ireland - musings about our business, companies, interests, trends and any other random thing that hits us.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Toni Schneider’s Blog � What is Web 2.0?

Toni Schneider’s Blog - What is Web 2.0? Interesting post from one of the leading web2.0 thinkers

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A VC: VC Cliche of the Week

Cash is King for any business. A must read for any company. Read more

Thursday, September 15, 2005

MercuryNews.com | 09/15/2005 | Skype hunt: How VCs struck gold in Europe

MercuryNews.com | 09/15/2005 | Skype hunt: How VCs struck gold in Europe Quote ``In Silicon Valley, all the entrepreneurs go from door to door on Sand Hill Road,'' he said. ``In Europe, you have to uncover every individual rock. There's no hub, and entrepreneurs aren't going to go out of their way to find you. We've got to do a lot more work.'' How did Rimer find Skype? ``We sent them an e-mail. . . . That's how it all started.''"

A Venture Forth � Blog Archive � A VC’s Perspective on Web 2.0

A Venture Forth � Blog Archive � A VC’s Perspective on Web 2.0 An insinghtful piece from a VC looking into the web2.0 space....

Startup School

Startup School This is a clever idea..... this model could be used in other countries

BeyondVC: Skype, Siebel and frictionless sales

BeyondVC: Skype, Siebel and frictionless sales Quote "What I am talking about is reducing friction in your sales and implementation process. The less friction you have in your sales and delivery model, the easier it is to scale."

Chris Selland's Weblog: Siebel, Oracle and the End of an Era

Chris Selland's Weblog: Siebel, Oracle and the End of an Era Quote - "the era of 'big software' is over" Quote - "The on-demand vendors own the future - and the future is now."

Starting Something : An Entrepreneurs Tale of Control, Confrontation Corporate Culture

Amazon.com: Books: Starting Something : An Entrepreneurs Tale of Control, Confrontation Corporate Culture Read this book over the weekend - Starting Something is Wayne McVicker's story starting at the inception of the concept for Neoforma. It's personal and autobiographical - its very well written, with great insights into the people and relationships involved - you almost feel the "highs" & "lows" with Wayne in the book... Recommended...

Digital Web Magazine - Web 2.0 for Designers

Digital Web Magazine - Web 2.0 for Designers A great article on "web2.0" and its components

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Dave Treadwell's Blog : User Experience and applications

Microsoft seems to be focusing on UI and the importance of the user experience. Key thing is getting developers and designers working together. Read more When will Irish companies adopt this trend, or have they already?

Genuine VC: Seven Reasons To Become a Founding Entrepreneur

Genuine VC: Seven Reasons To Become a Founding Entrepreneur Great list - well worth the read....

Monday, September 12, 2005

VentureBlog: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting at DEMO

Some good points on making that perfect demo. Key points, have fun and make it shine and off course have a backup plan. See here

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Due Diligence: New Model Software Startups: Two Stage Ventures

Due Diligence: New Model Software Startups: Two Stage Ventures Which stage are you at !! Great piece.

Chase Market Velocity: Start small to go big

Chase Market Velocity: Start small to go big Another example of the "Enterprise Consumer"

Anil Dash: Web Development Trends for 2006

Anil Dash: Web Development Trends for 2006 Worth a read - Good list

Friday, September 09, 2005

What some people will do ?

We all live in hyper competitive markets - but I've seen one of the best compliments paid to my own company - Nooked today. One of our competitors, SimpleFeed, has thought it worthwhile to buy our keyword for online advertising purposes. Check out this Alexa Search Turns out SimpleFeed have done this with Feedburner as well Given that we're a bunch of 5 guys in the west of Ireland, competing with VC backed SimpleFeed.... we're not doing too badly....

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Who Has Time For This?: The Best Startup Advice I Have

Who Has Time For This?: The Best Startup Advice I Have Quote: Likewise, technology companies shouldn't expect to sell their 1.0 product without undergoing a learning curve around the needed feature set, the competitive response, the right type of channel and sales rep, optimal pricing, etc. And yet, nearly every business plan I have seen shifts gears directly from Development to Sales, staffed by a growing number of experienced sales reps charged to sell their regular quota of product.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Will Price: Scale Free Profitability

"Morgan Stanley's high-tech investment banking team present a wonderful chart that examines the effect of scale on software profitability. The chart powerfully illustrates that scale is increasingly necessary to achieve competitive operating leverage in the software industry." See full post here

Friday, September 02, 2005

Morrison: Google: Connect me to: Pay per call on its way?

Morrison: Google: Connect me to: Pay per call on its way? Interesting observation - it makes a lot of sense !!

Seeing Both Sides: VCs Blink

Seeing Both Sides: VCs Blink "Simply put, VCs blink all the time. Ask your VC friends how long it takes them to decide whether a deal will be a good one in a first meeting or call. Typical answer: 15 minutes. How long does it take them to decide whether an interview candidate is an “A” player worthy of an executive position in their portfolio companies? 15 minutes. Everything else is just to fill the time" Blink is an excellent book - its almost scary in terms of accuracy....

Keys to Management Success

Paul Allen: Internet Entrepreneur - Keys to Management Success Some tips - hire right - be yourself - create passion - measure

Decker Marketing: The Word Of Mouth Company

"WOM is the result of early company decisions around product, employees and culture." See full piece here

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Media Guerrilla: Old School vs. New School Marketing

From Media Guerrilla blog

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