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i find this very confusing.

Firstly – congrats on the overture investment i did not realize you were in that deal.

Secondly – and something i ponder often – why this continued acceptance of push? Authenticity aside, i struggle to come to terms with a world that continues to accept being pushed at. Why cant it be as simple as – i make a small social or commerce gesture – lets say “sweater” to XXXXX. – that is an implicit and open gesture that sais – i am thinking bout buying a sweater for the fall – i am open for business” this gestures authenticates a marketing action on the other side by a merchant.

I have told the market that i am “in the market” – and am ready and willing to be messaged – but this is “pulling an ad” not having one pushed at you.

I personally despise ads. But i equally want to be marketed to when i am decide. See the power of a command Line interface, in to my world from my phone (SMS) can do all this for me – applications and platforms can form this market – it can all happen in real time and i can generate a sociual exhaust that can be networked and gamed amongst my friends.

A merchant has a phone too – and can be notified of potential business – in real time and can prospect that business – in real-time. Find me a restaurant that would not want to put asses in seats on a slow night and be able to do it right from the phone in real-time. Hell find me a small business that would not want to use a light weighted texting micro market – they cant afford a billboard or a magazine ad?

See advertizing as we know it (to take an Umair phrase) is being exploded and atomized – and that to me – includes the notion of push. Whats more the atomization of this silo – means that tiny pieces of data can yield commerce in a real time and meaningful way for both sides of the transaction.

We are attempting to build against this hypotheses. i hope we succeed as i can then be done with being ‘pushed’ around by advertizers.

Originally posted as a comment
by markslater
on Both Sides of the Table using DISQUS.

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The Paradox of Fake

everyone i know now shares information or participates in a sharing exercise online.

this article this morning, got me thinking about what i believe is the paradox of fake. Its all around us in our business lives and it is being slowly eroded. The fakeness (is that a word?) like a bubble that so many of us exist within in our professional lives is slowly becoming transparent.

consider this

We were talking to the VP for online strategy at a big Silicon Valley company last week. Among other tasks she helps the company’s senior executives create a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

“Some of them are terrified,” she said.

What’s so scary? Many executives fear posting something personal that might prove damaging. It needn’t be a lampshade on the head, either. Perhaps it’s vacation photos from a second home that looks too opulent at a time when employees are losing jobs. Or maybe their support for a controversial ballot proposition proves a bit too vocal.

That’s why you see some executives, if they’re on Facebook at all, posed in their profile picture as if for the annual report, and with nothing personal posted to their “information” tab. Such reticence will soon be scarce as all of us recognize the powerful and important reasons for sharing our personal selves online.

That is positively commical. The very executives who’s mandate is to drive the populations publicness – has second thoughts about lifting its skirt! This is the paradox of fake when these people are so conflicted by being who they really are as it clashes with who they believe they professionally feel the need to be seen as.

The bottom line is we live our lives in public. In fact we always have. We have just chosen to speak about privacy rather than our own level of publicness. read Jeff jarvis on the subject. This is a great article that truly captures this notion of publicness, and why statements like that above, Coming from the harvard Business School no less are truly perplexing.

the paradox of fake – demands that if you truly want your professional persona seperated from who you really are – then you cannot exist in any fashion online – no digital mirror, no ambient intimacy – nothing. The internet wont let you. If you try to control this and put a PR piece out there, you will be found out for what you really are eventually.

Which brings me to my last point: The importance of face to face interaction has grown exponentially. For me its still the ground zero of who a person truly is.

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Danny Webber in our new boots

Danny Webber wearing the first ever pair of 2009 PT + K leather blades last Saturday at brammal lane. Danny has been a huge supporter of the concept and we are over the moon that he is wearing our boots now. We wish him all the success in the playoffs at wembley, and in the premiership next year!


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Jetblue sucks

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my brother went to the airport for a flight on jetblue and had his flight canceled. he was hoping to see his mother for her birthday – and was disappointed.

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Priceless – Michelle touches the queen

this is priceless

I am a big fan of my queen – the institution is an entirely different discussion.

Gotta love Georgy boy winking at her last year

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Twitter, for twits?

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a word rarely used here in the US is the word ‘twit’ – wiki defines it as

“A British slang word for an insignificant, foolish or annoying person.”

its somewhat ironic the social tool of the month is twitter. I ‘tweet’ here in this blog – its over to the right and i tweet under concavesports. i frankly don’t get it. i have debated this with some of the investors in the past. Well i cam across this little gem this morning. If you, like me are struggling with the use of twitter you might find this helpful

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In favor of the bankers?

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At risk of sounding like an echochamber for AVC – one of the commenters – Druce Vertes – took a great movie scene and applied it to the times we find ourselves in. Class.

If Jack Nicholson was an investment banker

You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that needs deals. And those deals have to be made by men with Bloombergs. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Senator Dodd? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for AIG bonuses and you curse the banks. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that bonuses, while tragic, probably saved taxpayer dollars. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves the global economy…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that trading desk. You need me on that trading desk.

We use words like business model, risk, profit…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent building something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the economic growth I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a spreadsheet and build a model. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

Originally posted as a comment by Druce Vertes on A VC using Disqus.

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interesting facebook topic over at AVC

Are you on facebook? is there information that you would like to share with some, but don’t want to put it on facebook as it is too ‘public’?

i think this may be a trend that will continue to occur – when you begin to want to really share geolocation based information – this will likely be with a closer or more tightly defined social set.

Geolocation will become increasingly more important because there is a huge amount of value at the cross section of time, location, and action.

the problem is that GPS wont ever get us there. Neither will WIFI.

There is also the privacy paradigm that this subject touches upon. Kurzwiel said that there is no such thing as privacy – we all are increasingly living a life of publicness – but we must always be able to control WHAT we want to share, and the next huge hairy business idea is the one that combines all these, and brings the contributors of the data bits in to the ecosystem as benefactors of the platform.

Originally posted as a comment by markslater on A VC using Disqus.

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DJ set in kabul

I just got back from my first gig in over a decade – it was rockin

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Jon stewart on jim Cramer

i am a fan of some of the folks at CNBC – and while they are clearly cannon fodder right now, nothing comes close to smackdown their least likeable or believable host Cramer got by Jon stewart last night.

watch it to the end – its a dousey

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