The Web As Platform

  • Metaservices FTW!

    … Way back when — well, a few years back anyway— I wrote a series of posts around the idea of “metaservices.” As I mused, I engaged in a bit of derision around the current state (at that point) of the mobile ecosystem, calling it “chiclet-ized” — silos of useful data without a true Internet between them. You know, like individually wrapped cubes…

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  • Mobile Gets a Back Button

    … I just opened an email on my phone. It was from a fellow I don’t know, inviting me to an event I’d never heard of. Intrigued, I clicked on the fellow’s LinkedIn, which was part of his email signature. That link opened the LinkedIn app on my phone. In the fellow’s LI feed was another link, this one to a tweet he had mentioned in his feed…

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  • Innovation Happens Everywhere Now: Barcelona-based Typeform Proves It

    … common in the Valley that what initially struck me about Typeform wasn’t its business model, it was its location. The company feels like a typical San Francisco Internet startup, but when you dig in, it’s unique. First, the product. Typeform declares its mission in three simple words: “Make forms awesome.” Sounds pretty mundane, right? But once you…

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  • Integrations (and Metaservices) For The Win

    …, and posts on NewCos like MetroMile and Jack. But lately I’ve noticed a strong theme running through a number of interesting and successful businesses: Integrations. From Acxiom and sovrn (where I am a board member) to Slack, Gecko and Zapier (where I am a happy customer), these companies are thriving because they have built a platform based…

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  • Remember the Internet When Considering The Things

    … Last month I sat down with my old pal Jay Adelson (Digg, Revision 3, Equinix, SimpleGeo) who together with his partner Andy Smith is raising a new fund focused on the Internet of Things. Our goal was to get caught up – I’d tell him about my plans for NewCo, and they’d update me on Center Electric, the fund’s new name. Along the way Jay shared…

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  • Metromile: A FitBit for Your Car

    … The Metromile staff in front of their SF HQ (Preston is in the red shirt in the back right). Ever since writing Living Systems and The Information First Company last Fall, I’ve been citing Earnest, the financial services startup, as a poster child for what I mean by an “information-first” company. But earlier this month I met with another…

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  • App Stores Must Go

    … and Google’s hobbled app store strategy. There simply should not be one app store per platform – they’re what Steve Jobs would call “orifices” – monopolistic constructs created to consolidate control. App stores stifle innovation – they are damage, and the Internet will eventually route around them. 2015 should be the year that becomes evident. …

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  • The Next Stage of Mobile Quickening: Links Get Intelligent

    … will be intelligent links. Now, before you go Googling “intelligent links” – I’ll admit there is no clear nomenclature per se, because in the past we’ve not had a need for such a distinction. After all, on the open web, all links can be intelligent, because they can pass information from site to site via cookies, redirects, and various increasingly…

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  • AdTech Is Alive and Well: I’ll Have the Full Stack, Please

    … server), AdMeld (supply side platform), AdWords (search), AdMobs (mobile), Teracent (targeting), Invite Media (demand side platform), spider.io (anti-fraud), Adometry (attribution) and many others. So why would anyone want to challenge Google’s dominance? Because if you’re a major Internet player, you can’t afford to hand Google all the leverage…

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  • Why I’m Watching Deep Linking In Mobile

    … The first ever web page, created by Sir Tim Berners Lee to explain, naturally, the WWW. We are at a turning point in the mobile app ecosystem where deeplinking is becoming a priority and not just a feature. – URX blog This week marks the beginning of a journey I’m taking to understand “deep linking” in mobile. I’ve kept one eye on the space…

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  • A Return To Form In Media

    … Once upon a time, print was a vibrant medium, a platform where entrepreneurial voices created new forms of value, over and over again. I’ll admit it was my native platform, at least for a while – Wired and The Industry Standard were print-driven companies, though they both innovated online, and the same could be said for Make, which I helped…

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