Amazon S3 getting attention, ROI analysis underway

I’ve been following the online data storage market very carefully, (having worked at a data storage company for 3 years) The new model of web companies is to minimize technical infrastructure, such as using webservices like a utility like power or water. Tim O’Reilly is asking for numbers from clients, a case study to show how the web is an infrastructure. The benefits? pay as you go, no need for a sys admin or HW purchase, no upgrading, and hopefully no data loss. Of course, the real risk is worrying about where your corporate data is, Jeff Nolan notes some issues with continuity with databases and storage. Amazon is not alone, I’ve a list of quite a few enterprise IT … Continue readingAmazon S3 getting attention, ROI analysis underway

How Guy Kawasaki became Technorati’s #24 ranked blogger (and how he aims to be 10, then maybe retire)

Arrogant A-lister? Succesful Entrepreneur? Or a generous knowledge resource? Guy is never a short of words as he shares how he became one of the top bloggers so quickly (I’ll admit, I was one who is jealous as he skyrocketed to fame in 3 month). His content is often written as a resource, a “how to” be an evangelist or entrepreneur. Best quote? “Who give a Shitake” about your personal journal. I was the one that told Jennifer not to throw around that “A-list” term, well she asked Guy right up front, pretty cool. Wow, Guy has a nice estate, what an incredible backyard. His goal is to be ranked in Technorati as the top 10, he’s 14 pegs away. … Continue readingHow Guy Kawasaki became Technorati’s #24 ranked blogger (and how he aims to be 10, then maybe retire)

Marketing Evolves: Roles, Programs and Strategies

Here’s a fantastic roll-up from Daniel Riveong Head of Search Marketing of e-Storm International, in which he provides this comprehensive thought piece of Marketing, Social Media, Web Strategy, and Search Marketing. In this definitive post; “Marketing Changes: CMOs, Evangelist, Social Media Programs, Website Strategy Positioning” He demonstrates the different roles, strategies, programs and changes that are required to be flexible in today’s Marketing world.

Blogger Dinner this Tuesday in SF

Hugh McLeod is coming in this week, a blogger dinner at Gordon Biersch Brewery is going to happen on Tue night if you can make it. Scoble has news, or sign up on the wiki (see who’s going already). Try to avoid the traffic from East bay, so take BART if possible. Did you know the freeway in Oakland melted from an exploding tanker? Thomas Hawk even took pictures. I got a lot of news from Dave Winer on Twitter, see how I get my news? What does it take for Hugh to draw on the back of my business card some art or a caricature? Anyone know what I need to bribe him with? I hope to see you … Continue readingBlogger Dinner this Tuesday in SF

Dear Speaker,

Dear Speaker, While I’m honored you read my blog, and think highly of what I publish, I would really appreciate if you would reference me or cite me in your presentations. It’s a professional courtesy to cite others, especially if they’ve worked hard to get the knowledge that they have. Also, it adds to your credibility, as third party sources can validate your point. Since we’re in a very open community, people talk, and people will find out anyways if you use someone’s work without their permission. I certainly encourage you to use this information I share to grow, be better, and to improve web strategies, I certainly would appreciate if you would reference me going forward. Professionally and Appreciatively, … Continue readingDear Speaker,

Dear Oracle Bloggers, host a Lunch 2.0

Oracle Bloggers, I know you’re frustrated in not getting the respect you deserve, here’s an idea, I’m helping out with the Lunch 2.0 community, it’s a community event that different companies host in the web and tech space. There’s been a ton of companies that have hosted this event, upcoming ones will includes LinkedIn, a networking company, and I even hosted one last year for HDS. Email me (on right nav) if you want details, I’ll help you get it done right, heck maybe PodTech can help you record the event on video, either way time to reach out to the community, meet other bloggers, make contacts and show your human side both on the blogosphere and in person. Maybe … Continue readingDear Oracle Bloggers, host a Lunch 2.0

What I don’t like about Local News

Our newest client Topix has asked PodTech to put together a profesional video surveying folks in the community to find out “What’s wrong with local news” This short documentary hosted by my colleague Rio Pessino asks Rafe Needleman from CNET’s Webware, Adriana G (have you seen her photo shoot? wow!), KQED’s Raul Ramirez, Hooman from Alice 97.3 who recently ripped into Scoble pretty dang good, new buddy Johnny Ham of Ustream, Sarah Meyers, Craig Newmark of Craig’s list, as well as other SF locals. The Topix crew got together to ask folks what’s wrong with Local News, well here’s my answers: 1) Lack of aggregation of all photos, blogs, images, in my local area 2) I don’t only want the … Continue readingWhat I don’t like about Local News

The Education System gets serious about Social Media. Community Managers extend past Corporate

I’m excited for Mark Krupinski who has accepted a role as a Community Manager at Rasmussen Colleges. He’s been an advocate of social media and has had a somewhat frustrating experience at his previous company who simply, well, didn’t get it. Apparently Rasmussen is not like that, they encourage him to be creative, reach to the community and want him to experiment with other interaction devices that could increase education results, interactive environments like SecondLife. While community is nothing new in the collegiate experience, for a the formal web organization of an educational group to start thinking about these tools for education is fantastic. Setting up tools so that students can learn from each other, share information, interact, argue and … Continue readingThe Education System gets serious about Social Media. Community Managers extend past Corporate

Having fun with Photography, caption this silly photo of me

Recently, some colleagues of mine told me my blog is so very “Corporate” and “Strategic”, that’s a nice way of saying I’m boring. For those that have gotten to know me, I’m not that serious in real life. I’m going to let you peer at it just a bit today. At CES in Vegas, Thomas Hawk, Kris Tate and I went around the city taking photos. We were already delirious from the fun of BlogHaus, and Thomas was on a mission to take 1000 photos and publish them. During one time, we were hanging out on the people movers and I decided to make a bolt for it, I don’t know why, but I just wanted to run on them, … Continue readingHaving fun with Photography, caption this silly photo of me

AdTech Panel Archives

I remembered to hit ‘record’ on the Ustream player, this is the archive of our presentation at AdTech on Tuesday in SF. Panel lead by Rohit Bhargava, Steve Hall of Adrants, Kent Nichols of Ask A Ninja, and Karl Long of ExperienceCurve on the topic of business blogging Great session write-up (funny too) .