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.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

New Blog Address

We've moved. We are now bloggin' at this address http://itnorthwest.org -- please follow us over there.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Tablane 1.4.2

We got Tablane Version 1.4.2 out yesterday. It can now support most of the big brand Toolbar plugins for IE. Our attention now turns to the bigger picture project -- the on-line service which somehow we are going to release in April. The Tablane installer is on Download.com, and you can set Tablane as your default browser too. It expires on 31st of May by which time our situation should be very different. We're on the hunt for angel investment. I'm rattling the tin, everyone. Incidently, I'm friends with Google's AdWords again. By keeping the amount I'm prepared to pay as low as possible, using the keywords tools they offer, and leaving well alone, I'm getting more Click Throughs than we can really afford, particularly from 3rd party Content sites. Fortunately, we are getting more Visitors from other sources (blogs) than Google by now and we can scale back expenditure here. We're on 7,000 downloads now, which put crudely means we've spent about 50 Euro cent with Google for each download they've helped instigate. For a free browser this isn't an optimal business model. The rate of downloads is steadily increasing, but it would be good to be in a six figure rather than a four figure zone by Easter.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Naked Conversations: Web 2.0 Disrupting VCs? Clavier Thinks Not

Naked Conversations: Web 2.0 Disrupting VCs - Clavier Thinks Not Jeff is in the middle of the web2.0 space - some good nuggets in this interview

AirHead: Entrepreneurship

AirHead: Entrepreneurship "A very very good podcast from Janice Fraser, CEO of Adaptive Path. She makes some extremely apt comments on how to approach your company and setting up a good culture within your company."

CrunchNotes - Ron Conway and Web 2.0

CrunchNotes � Ron Conway and Web 2.0 "Nevertheless, Conway believes that some of the most interesting search innovations will soon emanate from companies not named Google (GOOG ) or, for that matter, Yahoo! (YHOO ) or Microsoft (MSFT ). Over the past two years, he has bet heavily on this hunch, putting his money in nearly two dozen startups. "Search is in its infancy today," says the seasoned Silicon Valley investor. "It's at 10% of its potential, maybe."

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Decker Marketing: 20 Questions to Develop Your Business

Decker Marketing: 20 Questions to Develop Your Business

Yahoo! User Interface Library: amazing and free -- Chad Dickerson’s blog

Yahoo! User Interface Library: amazing and free -- Chad Dickerson’s blog to all web2.0 wanabees - this is cool.... and very useful

Monday, February 13, 2006

O'Reilly Radar > Web Development 2.0

O'Reilly Radar > Web Development 2.0 Interesting thoughts from Marc at oreilly

BeyondVC: What are the key drivers of your business?

BeyondVC: What are the key drivers of your business?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Marc’s Voice - OH MY GOD - Microsoft Live is Hailstorm 2.0

Marc’s Voice � Blog Archive � OH MY GOD - Microsoft Live is Hailstorm 2.0 Marc hits some great points from an event that i attended last night - as usual Marc hits the nail on the head.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Read/WriteWeb: Guide to Startups - and a note about Feedster

Read/WriteWeb: Guide to Startups - and a note about Feedster

Simon Willison: Notes from the summit

Simon Willison: Notes from the summit saves me writing... great event - surprised by the number of Irish companies/people in attendance.... which is a great sign of the level of interest in web2.0 in Ireland....

James Governor's MonkChips: DropSend: how to build a web app business for less than 30k

James Governor's MonkChips: DropSend: how to build a web app business for less than 30k good commentary on a recent presentation i've seen at Carson Workshop

CEO Sales Summitt

interesting event - CEO + sales... check here

Monday, February 06, 2006

Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger � Cool Web 2.0 image editor

Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger � Cool Web 2.0 image editor Scoble picks up on an Irish web2.0 service - pretty cool service.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing: The new way to launch your product or company

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing: The new way to launch your product or company

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Accurate Revenue Forecasting = Inaccurate revenue forecasts wasted time

Accurate Revenue Forecasting = Inaccurate revenue forecasts wasted time

tagging tech /john collins/: enterprise ireland's class of 2005

tagging tech /john collins/: enterprise ireland's class of 2005 John Collins has an excellent post on the current Irish investment market (or lack of), and M&A activities. My own $0.02 - restructure BES to reflect risk level in high tech (all BES activities are primarily asset backed - bricks and morter). This will hopefully encourage more angel activity, esp from the tech sector folks. - greater VC awareness on Ireland (historically all sub $5million investments are by Irish funds - they dont have the resources (people/cash) to invest over 3/4 rounds. the number of mainstream US/European VC investments has been limited - M&A awareness on Ireland - we're the #1 location for all the large tech companies, but we have a very poor record in terms of exits to the "top 10". Similarity is a great exit in the context of the monies invested (i would guess that if they raised $20million, then they would still be an independent operation - exit price would have to be in the $200m + range to meet expectation) I can see why Frank Ryan is concerned - but its a bit of the cart before the horse - if Ireland wants to create a Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Skype, etc - we have to mature our investment market, whilst also enhancing the leadership capabilities (see ISA initiative) of startups

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Geeking with Greg: Marissa Mayer on innovation

Geeking with Greg: Marissa Mayer on innovation "Innovation is exploration of the unknown. No one knows the best path. It is important to try many things, learn what works and what doesn't, quickly reject your failures, and build on your successes. That is the key to innovation."

Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed: MBA Entrepreneur: An Oxymoron

Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed: MBA Entrepreneur: An Oxymoron

O'Reilly Radar > Web 2.0 Innovation Map

O'Reilly Radar > Web 2.0 Innovation Map pretty cool..... Nooked submitted... lets get the Irish map dotted....

Meetings considered harmful - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)

Meetings considered harmful - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals) back to work :-)

Startup Fever - The Feasibility Test

Startup Fever - The Feasibility Test some great advice in this piece...

Jeff Clavier's Software Only: TiE: How to build a successful Web company ?

Jeff Clavier's Software Only: TiE: How to build a successful Web company ? great nuggets of advice....