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Twitter, good business models and cash registers

I spend a lot of time helping companies find the right business model. One of the first questions we ask is, “How close is your core product to the cash register?” What we mean by this is, “How far are you away from someone actually paying cash for something?” The general principle is, the closer you are, the stronger your business model.

Hidden Pizza Restaurant reveals not-so-hidden flaws in Yellow Pages’ digital strategy

What Yellow Pages has done with this campaign is spend (undoubtedly) an enormous amount of money reminding you that it exists. In the process, it may have also unwittingly demonstrated the strengths of its competition.

Hidden Pizza Restaurant reveals not-so-hidden flaws in Yellow Pages' digital strategy

What Yellow Pages has done with this campaign is spend (undoubtedly) an enormous amount of money reminding you that it exists. In the process, it may have also unwittingly demonstrated the strengths of its competition.

Students locked up (again) until they build 6 web startups from scratch

If you find the idea of SxSW's recent Startup Bus intriguing, here’s a similar version closer to home. 30 university students were locked up over a weekend to produce six web-based businesses. The quality of their new web startups were "on par" with those created by professional entrepreneurs.

Thumbs-up for YouTube’s new (opt-in) redesign

In late February, YouTube unveiled more of what it describes as "one of the biggest redesigns in YouTube history". While most attention was directed to the reworked playlist and comments organisation, also notable was the thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating system, in place of the old five-star system.

Thumbs-up for YouTube's new (opt-in) redesign

In late February, YouTube unveiled more of what it describes as "one of the biggest redesigns in YouTube history". While most attention was directed to the reworked playlist and comments organisation, also notable was the thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating system, in place of the old five-star system.

Google spokesman lays cards on the table for Buzz critics [satirical video]

Come on, face it. Google controls your life. Oh, you don't like how they launched Buzz? Well here's the "official" Google response, courtesy of comedy.com. Step down.

Lethal mini-ninjas star in Google’s AWESOME new Nexus One viral video

There's no denying that Apple's iPhone has a huge headstart on Google's new Nexus One phone. But with uber cool promos like this one, it won't be long before all the cool kids will be brandishing a 'ninja phone'.

Lethal mini-ninjas star in Google's AWESOME new Nexus One viral video

There's no denying that Apple's iPhone has a huge headstart on Google's new Nexus One phone. But with uber cool promos like this one, it won't be long before all the cool kids will be brandishing a 'ninja phone'.

Why SEO is just sooooo 2009. Is social media the future of internet search?

I used to Google hairdressers, plumbers, cafes. Now I ask my Facebook and Twitter connections who to go to, because a personal recommendation tells me a lot more than someone’s website can. SEO is doomed. In the format we know it, at least.

Social Media’s BIG year — An illustrated video retrospective

2009 was the year that graphic sketch videos -- brief clips using slickly produced animations to explain new products or complicated concepts -- came of age.

Social Media's BIG year — An illustrated video retrospective

2009 was the year that graphic sketch videos -- brief clips using slickly produced animations to explain new products or complicated concepts -- came of age.

Google goggles (so much better than beer goggles)

Ever since Google started spruiking its mobile operating system Android in 2007 (alongside the formation of the Open Handset Alliance), speculation has raged that Google would one-day release its own stand-alone handset to compete directly with the iPhone. So far, that hasn't happened.

Calacanis was right. Murdoch and Microsoft in talks to freeze out Google

Well whaddya know. Two weeks after we wrote about Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis's suggestion that Microsoft and News Corporation should do a search deal that freezes out Google (Murdoch and Calacanis hatch separate plans to shut out Google)... it's been revealed that Microsoft and Murdoch's News Corporation are in talks about just such a deal.

Apple is a 'Cathedral'. Google is a 'Bazaar'. So where will you park your...

Apple and Google have radically different approaches to building online marketplaces. So will our smartphone apps of the future be delivered from the hallowed alter or the pulsing street?

Apple is a ‘Cathedral’. Google is a ‘Bazaar’. So where will you park your...

Apple and Google have radically different approaches to building online marketplaces. So will our smartphone apps of the future be delivered from the hallowed alter or the pulsing street?

Google Chrome OS explained in three-and-a-half minutes

For those who haven't quite gotten their heads around what Google is up to with it new Chrome browser and future web-based operating system, the search giant just released this video explaining it all in very simple terms. This accompanied Google's announcement today that it is releasing the Chromium OS open source project.

Murdoch and Calacanis hatch separate plans to shut out Google

Here's an interesting idea from Mahalo founder and Silicon Valley insider, Jason Calacanis. A couple of weeks ago on This Week in Startups, he floated a strategy that would enable Microsoft to seize a chunk of search market share from Google and the big media companies to make more revenue from their digital content.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt shares his vision for the future web

It's always interesting when important people share their predictions for the future, largely because they actually have a good chance of making them happen. Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently appeared at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Florida to discuss web developments and trends. The full 45-minute original video is below. If you only have a few minutes, below that is a six-minute except that TechCrunch deemed the most interesting bit.

Google on Google – The story so far…

Every company should be able to tell its own story in a compelling way. Of course, it helps if that story is compelling to begin with. Check out this slick animated history of Google... according to Google.

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How To Grow Your Business and Profits with Jason Cunningham [CHEAT...

Recorded guerrilla-style in the basement of York Butter Factory, the linked video course is a rollicking, authoritative lesson (with some colourful language, mind you) from someone who has been through it all. In this Cheat Sheet, we cover three hot tips from the lesson, with a focus on helping business owners grow and increase profitability: Why entrepreneurs need to think about “the end," why cash flow is king – no matter what you’ve heard, and why you need to have a vision for success.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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