business models

Don’t pay to pitch – no way

October 13, 2009
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In response to Jason Calacanis’ recent post Why startups shouldn’t have to pay to pitch angel investors and the ensuing debate, short answer: Don’t do it. Don’t pay. Such angel outfits are scams, IMHO.

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Verizon CEO exiting one dying business for another

September 18, 2009
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The NY Times reports that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg has finally accepted that his landline business is going to keep sliding: Mr. Seidenberg said that his “thinking has matured” and that trying to predict when the company would stop losing voice landlines “is like the dog chasing the bus.” This is being touted as the…

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Vonage World versus Skype Unlimited World

September 13, 2009
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Below is a run down of what’s different between the Skype “Unlimited World” plan compared to the new “Vonage World” plan. Country Skype Unlimitied World Andorra N/A Bahamas* N/A Bahrain N/A Brazil N/A Brunei* N/A Cyprus N/A Dominican Republic N/A Georgia N/A Guadeloupe N/A Guam* landlines Iceland N/A India* N/A Iraq N/A Jordan N/A Kenya…

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Oh yeah, Vonage – forgot about them

September 9, 2009
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Vonage recently expanded its $24.99 plan (approx. $33/mo. with fees) to include unlimited calling to landlines in 60 countries, including India and Mexico (subject to normal residential use restrictions). The news of this reminded me that Vonage was still in business. I’ pretty sure I bet that they would be out of cash by now…

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Google Voice Calling Hacks Provide Insight

August 5, 2009
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If you’ve not been following this story, Google Voice (formerly Grand Central) offers free domestic calling via “click to call” on their site. A number of hacks have emerged over the past week or so to take advantage of this, particularly a Gizmo5 hack and Asterisk hack(s). Long story short, the Gizmo5 solution rapidly devolved.…

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SabSe Technologies Acquires Jaxtr

June 9, 2009
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I find it sort of interesting that I had a post about Jaxtr sitting in my drafts, from back in December 2008. Back then, the one-time darling of VoIP whose investors included some of those investing in Skype before it, had reported that it had laid off 13 workers (about 30% of its workforce) and…

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Another Twitter cynic

May 27, 2009
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Serial CEO Peter D. Csathy says: Twitter’s revenues will pale compared to the ever-growing expenses needed to scale the service. And, my prediction is that the Twitter nation will lose steam in its passion and the bloom will be off the rose. So, Twitter — here’s a tweet in less than 140 characters — “SELL…

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Twitter in the news

February 16, 2009
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With Twitter Inc’s recent raise of another $35 million, bringing their total to $55 million, with an estimated valuation of $200 million to $250 million the company has been making the rounds on the wire. This AP story today, Can all that Twitters turn to gold amid the gloom? says that “Twitter intends to start…

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If OpenSky proves the market, will Skype cherry pick?

February 10, 2009
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Microsoft created quite a reputation for letting third-party developers build apps and then either purchasing the company or copying and driving out of business those that were most successful. Skype has said they aren’t opening their network because their customers haven’t asked for it.  Is that the truth, or is that just a convenient excuse?…

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Michael Robertson moves beyond Skype open/closed debate

February 10, 2009
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Michael Robertson moves beyond Skype open/closed debate

Rather than bicker over what “open” means and whether Skype is open or not, Michael Robertson has just ignored the whole thing and taken action instead. Today, Gizmo5 launched OpenSky, a SIP to Skype gateway. if you want to call a Skype user named echo123 you simply call SIP address  sip:echo123@opensky.gizmo5.com The free version can…

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