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Kindle Keeps On Turning Pages

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The big old Kindle in my hand.

The big old Kindle in my hand.

Techcrunch is reporting on Kindle sales continuing to increase.

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August 13, 2008 at 4:14 am

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Mobile Novel Creation: 140 Characters At A Time

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Quillpill is a mobile blogging site that works to help writers create novels, 140 characters at a time. Novel creation and reading on mobile devices is starting to take off around the world and this service is support to support it. The site is in private beta, so I can’t take a peek, but sounds like an interesting offering.

Written by portableandrew

June 15, 2008 at 3:56 am

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My new book: The Innovator’s Dilemma

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I am sooooo excited about this. Just getting started but it is good. The book is about why good companies fail when new, or disruptive technologies come into the market. Even with good planning, they have failed. This is one that Jason Fried from 37Signals harped on about at SXSW. More later…..

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June 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm

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Pip Coburn: The Change Function

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Going away to Sydney was good to get some reading done. However, I think I choose one of the wrong one’s this time.

I am referring to The Change Function: Why Same Technologies Take Off and Others Crash and Burn. The book deals with why technologies fail, the main premise behind it is something called The Perceived Pain of Adoption or TPPA. In short this refers to the crisis at hand hen a technology comes on the market. What the book says os that people don’t like new things, don’t like learning and there needs to be a big benefit for someone to change. Fax machines…..30 years to take off.

The book goes through a lot of failed technologies, 95% out there and how people over complicated the offering. What the book asks for is to technologists to think of people first and foremost and their needs. In a two word summary…no shit There are better books to read on the shelf.

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May 25, 2008 at 8:14 am

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Twitter Raises $15 Million in Funding Round

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Twitter seems to be set to finally upgrade its technology after receiving $15 million in series B funding. This brings the start-up to $20 million in total since its launch in October 2006. A new investor is leading the round with existing investor Union Square Ventures also participating.

Written by portableandrew

May 23, 2008 at 7:31 am

Kindle Seems To Be Growing

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Amazon’s Kindle, a device that allows users to read eBooks, seems to be growing in take-up. Citigroup (in a report cited in Techcrunch) expects Amazon to generate between $400 million and $750 million in revenue from the Kindle by 2010, or 1% – 3% of Amazon’s total revenue.

Written by portableandrew

May 15, 2008 at 11:37 pm

The Tipping Point – The Rest!

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I finally finished the book this weekend.

The main take away is that small change is all that is needed to tweak an idea.

There are three types of people – Connectors, Mavens and Salesman – all important in spreading an idea.

The other main idea is that we don’t know how humans react and sometimes this happens in different ways. i.e. relying on gut feeling is not enough. The point of the book is to do market research and see what works. Most ideas are good just executed wrongly. It doesn’t cost a massive marketing campaign to get it right, you need to have the fundamentals in place.

A great read. I highly recommend, the big different between our ideas being massive!

Written by portablesimon

April 27, 2008 at 9:28 am

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