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Brandon Watson

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Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts. I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understanding the delivered product. Amazon Let me start by giving a hat tip to the AMZN guys. Their web services platform (AWS) has really been at the tip of the spear for cloud computing. or the sake of this discussion, when I use the term “cloud computing,” I am talking about the developer platf... (more)

Kryptonite and SAT Analogies

I was listening to the most recent TWiT where there was discussion about the recent algo change at Google.  During the conversation, there was an off-hand comment about whether or not the following relationship held water: Google:Social as Microsoft:Search That one kind of bent my mind around a bit.  There isn’t any new thought here.  Social is presenting all kinds of problems for Google, and despite their success in South America and some other locales with Orkut, they really haven’t made much of a dent in social.  A fact made more known by the recent additions of the talents of ... (more)

Awesome SEO Opportunity

Last week was a big traffic week for me.  I had a trifecta of posts that happened to pull in a bunch of traffic, which turned me into a stats addict.  In looking at the log files, I wanted to see where the search traffic was coming from and the associated search terms.  There was one that caught my eye, and I would love to know who this person is.  The query was: declined because of sat score pe firm “pe firm” means Private Equity firm.  So this person thinks they got declined from a PE firm because of their SAT score?  I am going to go out on a limb and say the SAT score had not... (more)

I Do Not Hate VCs

Venture Capital on Ulitzer It’s been an interesting week.  I posted the note about the Zappos deal and got quite a few comments and emails about it.  I will readily admit that the use of the word “hate” was a bit pejorative, but I had a point to make and at the time it seemed appropriate.  I don’t think VCs hate entrepreneurs, but I do think that there are things that VCs do that make life for entrepreneurs very hard. In some of the discourse I have had over the past week on this topic, I felt a bit like George Costanza trying to explain to his co-worker that he has black frien... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Dis... (more)