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May 2010 Archives

Twitter updated API Terms of Service and Digital Garage »

Twitter announced Promoted Tweets and also updated and added some guidelines in their API Terms of Service about third parties injecting advertisements and spam in the timelines. There have been some articles in the Japanese press misinterpreting this announcement and generalizing it as some sort of ban on advertising by Twitter. There have been some allegations that this new policy change would cause problems with the Twitter related activities that Digital Garage engages in. As the Terms of Service and the announcement say clearly, Twitter continues to encourage advertising around Twitter and is encouraging innovation. The key is that the...

Tea with The Economist »

"Tea with The Economist". A cute interview format from The Economist. Featuring yours truly rating about privacy, startups, Internet, Creative Commons and other random things....

Open Network Lab »

Serkan Toto wrote a very thorough article about our new Open Network Labs (ONL) and you can read most of the detail there, but my team at DG together with Netprice and Kakaku.com launched a new venture accelerator last month. The idea is to do monthly meetings where we will have guests come and speak and provide an opportunity for people with startup projects to meet. ONL will give grants up to $10,000 and provide mentoring, office space and other support in exchange for an opportunity to invest if the idea turns into a good startup investment. ONL will work...

Focusing on everything »

Ever since I was a small boy, everyone used to tell me to focus. Focus focus focus. I'm very good at being obsessive, but I'm not good at focus. Everything excites me and I end up focusing on everything. In John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison's new book The Power of Pull, they explain that the world is changing and that instead of stocking resources and information, controlling everything, planning everything and pushing messages and orders from the core to the edge - innovation is now happening on the edges and resources are pulled as needed instead of...

Life update and the launch of Neoteny Labs and the Open Network Lab »

In 2000, during the heyday of the first wave of incubators, I started Neoteny. Incubators such as CMGI and ICG were trading at huge multiples to the value of their portfolios and funds such as JH Whitney were backing incubators around the world. Having been CEO of a number of startup companies, I was looking to transition into the investment side. I had develop a broad network in Japan and felt that I was more suited for managing a portfolio of opportunities than focusing on the operations of a single business. I had been talking to a number of funds...
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