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Cambio de blog May 5, 2008

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He vuelto a retomar el tema del blogging – esta es mi nueva URL: www.mariobrueggemann.com

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What if Gmail had been designed by Microsoft? :-) November 21, 2007

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Proceso de transformación muy divertido desde el interfaz limpio y funcional de GMail hasta un imaginario interfaz “marca de la casa” de Microsoft.

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15 Startup Commandments Web 2.0 November 15, 2007

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+15 Startup Commandments Web 2.0

  1. Your idea isn’t new. Pick an idea; at least 50 other people have thought of it. Get over your stunning brilliance and realize that execution matters more.
  2. Stealth startups suck. You’re not working on the Manhattan Project, Einstein. Get something out as quickly as possible and promote the hell out of it.
  3. If you don’t have scaling problems, you’re not growing fast enough.
  4. If you’re successful, people will try to take advantage of you. Hope that you’re in that position, and hope that you’re smart enough to not fall for it.
  5. People will tell you they know more than you do. If that’s really the case, you shouldn’t be doing your startup.
  6. Your competition will inflate their numbers. Take any startup traffic number and slash it in half. At least.
  7. Perfection is the enemy of good enough. Leonardo could paint the Mona Lisa only once. You, Bob Ross, can push a bug release every 5 minutes because you were at least smart enough to do a web app.
  8. The size of your startup is not a reflection of your manhood. More employees does not make you more of a man (or woman as the case may be).
  9. You don’t need business development people. If you’re successful, companies will come to you. The deals will still be distractions and not worth doing, but at least you’re not spending any effort trying to get them.
  10. You have to be wrong in the head to start a company. But we have all the fun.
  11. Starting a company will teach you what it’s like to be a manic depressive. They, at least, can take medication.
  12. Your startup isn’t succeeding? You have two options: go home with your tail between your legs or do something about it. What’s it going to be?
  13. If you don’t pay attention to your competition, they will turn out to be geniuses and will crush you. If you do pay attention to them, they will turn out to be idiots and you will have wasted your time. Which would you prefer?
  14. Startups are not a democracy. Want a democracy? Go run for class president, Bueller.
  15. You’re doing a web app, right? This isn’t the 1980s. Your crummy, half-assed web app will still be more successful than your competitor’s most polished software application. – Mark Fletcher ( http://www.startupping.com/ )~Founder of Bloglines.com 

New Amazon design – very promising October 3, 2007

Posted by mariobc in Amazon, E-commerce, Internet.
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As an old-time evangelist customer and ex-employee of Amazon

I am happy to see the new evolution of the Amazon interface.

The new design looks cleaner and better organized at first sight, dealing

with the ever-increasing complexity of the site with lots of AJAX submenus.

Interesting!

For more info and to leave your feedback:

http://amazon.com/gp/events/gno/103-1349575-9963869

Amazon Re-modelled

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eBay writes-off 1.4 b USD in Skype acquisition October 3, 2007

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I never really understood eBay’s move to buy skype…. it didn’t make sense from the beginning.

I hope Skype gets a new corporate parent that has real synergies and helps them to flourish even faster.

Those telecoms really need someone like Skype to make them dance…. 🙂

It’s Finally Official: eBay’s Skype Has Bombed

Henry Blodget | October 1, 2007 10:58 AM

eBay has finally acknowledged what has been obvious to the rest of the world for at least three quarters: the Skype acquisition gamble has failed. Among the news today:

  • Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom officially gone (he’s been virtually gone for months)
  • eBay will take $1.4 billion asset-impairment charge.
  • Skype has missed the targets Zennstrom and his team set at the time of the sale. Thus, eBay will only pay $530 million of the potential $1.7 billion earnout (some small consolation)

Continue reading: http://www.alleyinsider.com/2007/10/its-finally-off.html

Another step for Xbox to control the home entertainment arena November 24, 2006

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Besides their Media Center strategy, Microsoft is betting on the Xbox to control the home entertainment arena.

Their huge installed base (they hope to reach 10 million by end-of-year) will rapidly surpass many major competitors.

This recent press release gives a good preview of what they are up to for Xbox Live:

– a library of 160 high- definition games

– standard and high-definition TV shows and movies to download and to rent

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Ergo: Watch out Sony, this new fact just confirms the new Xbox is rolling out fast and executing well on its plans, the days of absolute Playstation dominance are over….

New Spanish Opensource ERP November 13, 2006

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Reconnecting on LinkedIn with old contacts from my time at OcioJoven I found one of them working at Openbravo, a very interesting company, for 2 reasons:
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1) ERPs are the next important frontier for opensource

Opensource has revolutionized many segments of IT in the last 10 years, ERP is probably one of the last big profit pools that still waits for its large opensource paladin (like LINUX, MySQL, Apache, php, sugarcrm etc…. in their segments).

Openbravo has achieved the number 1 spot on largest opensource directory SourceForge among 130.000 other projects!!! (although only temporarily)

They were featured in Spain’s largest newspaper this weekend: http://www.elpais.es/articulo/red/Openbravo/alcanza/63/000/descargas/sistema/gestion/empresarial/elpcibred/20061109elpcibenr_3/Tes/

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2) Spanish technology projects with global ambitions and opportunities are quite rare

The other day I was discussing this with our old sys admin from OcioJoven. He was telling me how Spain is always the worst in EU in terms of tech adoption and how Spanish start-ups have bad access to capital and difficult exit paths. I was trying to put a positive light on Spanish inventiveness and how the younger generation is taking up mobiles or IM, but I guess he is right, and Spain is not the optimal environment for tech startups.

There are only a few notable exceptions (Panda Antivirus, Anyware, FON, etc.) but Spain needs more initiatives like this to avoid commoditization in the global marketplace.

Good luck to this Spanish technology project!

Browser Wars – Firefox 2.0 launched October 24, 2006

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Mozilla just launched its 2.0 version of Firefox to counter Microsoft’s new Explorer. At first sight it seems more like a tactical release to leverage Microsoft’s PR machine, rather than a new breakthrough edition.
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It seems they have killed the memory jam problem and have added a some new features (not too many killer ones really) . I would highlight:

– Session Restore: should be hand for those “rare” system crashes 😉

– Integrated spell checking: always a good addition

So just check it out and decide for yourself whether its Firefox or Explorer!

Microsoft’s Zune could be an iPod killer? October 22, 2006

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Microsoft has decided to scrap its current software based approach to mp3 players (Plays for sure) and enter the hardware market directly with its own music device: Zune.

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Plays for sure (PFS) is an interesting approach by Microsoft to control the mp3 market through its Windows Media software. The idea was to offer an alternative to Apple’s iPod by offering a seal of quality grouping all non-Mac providers of soft and hardware (a little bit like the Intel inside – but Windows Media inside).

However early compatibility problems (like the early Plug&Pray) and the continuing radical success of Apple have surprisingly caused Microsoft to change gears, launch its own PFS-incompatible Zune and start the mp3 war all over again (they keep PFS, but with who will support this if Microsoft itself is taking a different system).

The new ZUNE clones the closed-standard strategy of Apple. Like with gaming consoles, Microsoft seems to be betting on a few players controlling the music player market with a closed software and hardware solution. Given that Apple makes no significant money from selling songs, but cashes in on the devices, Microsoft is probably also recognizing Apple’s strategy as the best, at least for the early market situation.

Will Microsoft succeed and turn around the market?

I will put my bet on Apple this time – Microsofts golden age is over!

Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 7.0 October 18, 2006

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After a long wait, Microsoft has finally launched its new explorer (download here to check it out).

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They have basically copied what can be considered the 4 killer features of Firefox:

– Tabbed browsing and bookmarking

– Integrated RSS browsing

– Configurable search box

– Optional add-ons created by users/3rd parties
They added some minor innovations to it like a “printing optimizer” to shrink very wide pages or tab selection using thumbnails. They also promised increased security protection against phishing etc…

It’s worth taking a look, it certainly catches up with innovations and adds some new stuff, but I will not switch until I have compared it to Firefox 2.0, which is coming out as a final release before the end of this month, although a pre-release version is already available for the impatient.

Happy browsing! 🙂