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There is no Spring

April 24, 2007

More on The VoIP Patent Mess

April 20, 2007

A number of people in the telecom industry tell me they have looked at the Verizon patents being used against Vonage and they say they have been doing the things that are claimed in the patents before Verizon filed. My sources further claim in some cases there are patents which have been granted to companies which conflict with the patents which Verizon has. Of course this is not unusual but no one has anything to gain from suing Verizon to get the phone company’s patents overturned. They would only do this if they are sued and this won’t happen as Verizon is too smart to sue companies that can overturn their own patents.

InfoWorld on Patent Reform

April 20, 2007


April 18, 2007

Michael Cerda is the CEO of Jangl. Michael thinks big. Cerda wants his company to be the biggest thing since Skype. In speaking with him you get the feeling he really wants to leave a mark – something huge.   His VoIP 2.0 company Jangl differentiated itself from others by focusing on spaces such as online dating where they provide subscribers with a bidirectional anonymous phone number for $6.99/month.   While online dating and associated websites are a nice opportunity the people at Jangl realized they couldn’t take over the world in this fashion.

I Own Google Shares

April 15, 2007

Google/DoubleClick Merger: Expert Opinion

April 14, 2007

Recently I wrote about the merger between Google and DoubleClick and subsequently I decided to get an outside perspective on this acquisition from Tim Vanderhook, CEO and founder of Specific Media a company specializing in behavioral targeting of advertising in its own advertising network.   What is the general impact of this merger?   Google has probably been studying over the past year or so the impact that display advertising has on search advertising. The two are very closely tied together with display ads fueling search ads for advertisers. Because Google has such a dominant position in the latter, they are moving quickly to make the weakest part of their business a strength. This deal is not so much about targeting as it is about display advertising, it is getting more widely understood by advertisers that display advertising is the driving force behind people making searches.

Google Buys DoubleClick

April 13, 2007

Google reached an agreement today to purchase DoubleClick for $3.1 billion according to the New York Times. This is a significant accomplishment for Google as Microsoft too was interested in acquiring the display advertising server company.   DoubleClick serves the needs of a variety of advertisers and publishers and is the leader in the online ad serving space. While Google has excelled at pay per click advertising they have not done so well in display advertising as in the display ad world, existing relationships are an important component of sales.   Google now has access to top publishers and advertisers and has the top relationships in the market.   The search engine leader will also be able to take advantage of the DoubleClick’s recently debuted advertising exchange which is similar to Google Adwords for display advertising.   It is possible this new exchange can be linked into the network of advertising services Google already offers allowing advertisers to manage display ads and ppc ads via a single unified interface.   The barrier to entry for others to compete in these spaces has become even more significant as Google now owns the lion’s share of ppc and display advertising relationships.   The single downside to this deal may be with DoubleClick customers which consist of advertisers, ad agencies and publishers. The latter two see Google as a potential threat and may decide it makes sense to migrate their advertising programs to another provider to avoid enriching what they view as one of their primary competitors.   However it is too soon to see if this will indeed happen.

Is Vonage the New Google

April 12, 2007

Now hear me out. I realize the title of my article is baffling and your brain is already calculating all the different ways you will flame this piece with negative comments.   You may be thinking of all the differences between these two companies. For example: Google makes money and Vonage does not. Google can easily afford the lawsuits it is in.

Entertainment Wars

April 11, 2007

Movie review site Fandango was snapped up today by cable company Comcast with the ultimate goal for Comcast being increased web traffic and support for a new site devoted to allowing consumers to watch on demand content on a variety of devices.   Comcast is the nation’s largest cable company and Fandango is one of the largest movie sites around. There is a natural synergy between Fandango’s base of movie enthusiasts and Comcast’s goals to allow users to watch on demand content across a variety of devices.   The question worth asking is what other acquisition ideas have been created as a result of this one. Will other cable companies, AT&T and Verizon be looking for movie content sites as well? Does everyone who distributes content now need a TV Guide like audience to market to?   Fandango has a community of interest and Comcast will now be able to tap into this community to sell things – beyond its geographic boundary if it so chooses.   It seems companies are waking up to the concept of online communities and their inherent value.

Unified Communications Magazine

April 6, 2007

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