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My idle thoughts on tech startups

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This post had me laughing out loud today: “One of the nice things about being in an industry [consumer web] that traditionally doesn’t produce revenue and relies heavily on the advertising industry, venture capital, and black magic to keep it […]

Lee Hower
October 9, 2008 · 1  min.

I’d be remiss if I let this week pass without noting the current state of our financial system and the furor this has caused among nearly everybody. In my humble opinion, it is unfortunate that the remedy which has been […]

Lee Hower
September 26, 2008 · 5  min.

This is the final installment of a three-part series which is also being featured as a guest column on VentureBeat. My first two posts in this series examined the fragmented nature of the development community that has evolved around Facebook […]

Lee Hower
September 24, 2008 · 4  min.

This is part #2 of a three-part series which is also being featured as a guest column on VentureBeat. In my first post, I explored the question of whether a fragmented developer ecosystem is ultimately in the best interests of […]

Lee Hower
September 23, 2008 · 4  min.

This is a three-part series which is also being featured as a guest column on VentureBeat. I’ve been doing some thinking about software platforms of late, in particular the relationship that grows between platform owners and 3rd party developers. It […]

Lee Hower
September 22, 2008 · 3  min.

Yesterday Techcrunch reported on the demise of Wallop, a social network originally developed by Microsoft and then later spun off. The track record of consumer social networking properties developed within large web companies remains fairly grim. I distinguish true consumer […]

Lee Hower
September 16, 2008 · 2  min.

Lots of people are obviously talking about Google’s new web browser Chrome, which was somewhat surreptitiously launched over the Labor Day holiday here in the US. I don’t really know how to interpret a product launched via comic strip… But […]

Lee Hower
September 2, 2008 · 2  min.

Having just returned from a vacation in China for the Beijing Olympics, I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend a moment with a quick impression from business life there. I’ve been to Hong Kong before, but this was my first […]

Lee Hower
August 29, 2008 · 2  min.

I was a somewhat lazy student in high school, but blessed with an ability to do pretty well at standardized tests. I ended up being named a National Merit Scholar based on my PSAT scores. While I was flattered to […]

Lee Hower
August 12, 2008 · 1  min.

“Instead of managing business risk to minimize or avoid failure, the focus here is on maximizing success. The Valley recognizes that failure is an unavoidable part of the search for success.” This is a quote from Randy Komisar’s book. It’s […]

Lee Hower
July 23, 2008 · 1  min.