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Twitter Top 100 NYC: I Am In


October 2009 NY Tech MeetUp

CloudContacts does your cards!
SetJam launches!
BlazeTrak launches!
Postling makes your life easier!
Regroup does it all!
Tagnic is the bomb!
ChallengePost announces something big!
AnyClip won TC50, now wins your hearts!

October 2009 NY Tech MeetUp.

I bumped into Nate late Friday evening on the subway as I was on my way back from a major Nepali event (Interaction With Madhav Nepal: Friday), and he was on his way to a party. That is when I learned about "AnyClip won TC50, now wins your hearts!" I think that is going to be the most exciting of all presentations Tuesday. I think it adds to Nate being the NY Tech MeetUp Organizer that he is a top notch entrepreneur himself. And I told him so on the train. I also told him Nepal is the poorest country outside of Africa, "not many people know that." He didn't.

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Twitter Top 100 NYC


Make Money On Twitter

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Mashable: Sponsored Tweets Launches

The Time article grabbed my attention and I signed up right away. The site suggests I need to get paid $34.07 per tweet. I am not complaining. Twitter has been my 2009 fascination. And I have worked hard to build a stream and a following. I am at 23,000 followers and counting and a day or two away from becoming one of the top 100 Twitter users in New York City. I am not complaining.

Twitter so far has been quite a journey.

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Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization is not black magic. It is essential. It is basic. Unless you entirely missed out on the whole internet thing. How could you have?

You want to be found. That applies to big media websites, but also applies to local businesses. People will look you up on the internet before they show up at your storefront.

SEO is not about tricking people into showing up. It is about helping people find you. Big difference.

It is about putting in the right words, but it is also about deserving and getting inbound links. This is a link economy, many would say.

And the online world is hardly for just tech companies. There is no line of business that need not be online. No business is too small to get online. People do local search to get to you. Are you optimized yet?

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Search: Pregnant Territory

Image via CrunchBaseOnce you have figured out that there are four screens - the phone, the browser, the desktop, the wall - it is easy to see search is pregnant territory, rich with possibilities. Search, content, distribution. There is so much to do.

Search is of special interest to me. There is one clear leader, but the challenger is not lacking in money. And for the leader the competition is but one click away. If there was ever an innovation challenge, this is it. Could Microsoft innovate, or find a startup or two that might? That second possibility is more likely. But then Google has been in competition with itself. It never stopped innovating in the search domain and boasts a larger index than anyone else. And its algorithms are still the ones to beat.

Microsoft should try and eat into Google territory. Google should try and eat into Microsoft territory. The consumer will benefit. Search and operating systems are fair game.

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What Makes An Entrepreneur Tick?

Image via WikipediaWhat Have VCs Really Done for Innovation? TechCrunch Back in 1986, when Bill Gates was still making sales calls, he pitched my group at First Boston on why we should bet the farm on Windows. Despite the risk involved, we gave his fledgling startup the deal. This wasn’t because of his financial backers (he didn’t even drop any names), but because we believed in his vision and nerdiness. ....... VC’s follow innovation, they don’t lead. They go where they smell blood.
From Nothing To Something. How To Get There. forget everything else and just get your product out the door For one there are few of them. But not that few. Every business owner is an entrepreneur. They create and sustain jobs. They are in every sector. The bold ones build the companies of tomorrow. Since most people work in the private sector to feed their families, we can say entrepreneurs are our guiding light. But what makes them tick? The failure rate is high, but many still try.

Partly it is a pers…

That Thing About Changing The World

Image via CrunchBaseMemo to Start-ups: You’re Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember? too many people building safe businesses, too many companies just trying to make existing things slightly better ....... The people who extol the virtues of “sensibility” are never the people at the core of the next great companies. .... Whether press or VCs, they’ll be late to the next wave, just like they were too late to this one. Or maybe the next big startup is not trying to sqeeze into the dot com space.

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The Car Connection: GMC, Volkswagen, Ford, Mazda

GMC Review: A whole bunch of robust looking vehicles fall in this category. Look around and take your pick. For example, the 2009 GMC Yukon Denali. It is the go to SUV for VIP Image via Wikipediamotorcades and for good reason. It looks sturdy. This is a secure looking vehicle.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: This sportswagen is an improvement from its previous edition for how much cargo space it has in the back. Its aerodynamic styling catches your eye.
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2010 Ford Transit Connect: This van has been designed for tight, urban environments. This was launched in Europe first, but will hit the market in the US as well.

2010 Mazda CX-7: This baby has an aggressive look. It has a SUV feel. But it drives like a passenger car. That is the combo that seems to have been attempted. Autoblog: “Mazda has refined the CX-7 inside-and-out, including a redesigned front end with a larger five-point grille and different front and rear fascias.”

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OpenACircle: Where Business Meets

Image is an online collaboration space. You can't meet in person, but you absolutely have to work together. Some of the exchanges possible at beats meeting in person. It is a multi-media experience.

Online collaboration is a business must. gives you great options. It allows you to reach out to members of your team, to your customers, and potential customers. Inviting is a piece of cake.

Files, documents, pictures: share them all. allows for video talk: upto 50 people can participate.

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The Science House MeetUp

The Science House MeetUp earlier was great.

Google, Micropayments, And Online Newspapers

Google's proposal to the Newspaper Association of America

This article has been making the rounds this morning among some of my friends: Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching newspapers: “‘Open’ need not mean free”.

This truly is the wild wild west.
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Noone really has a clue. Newspapers are imploding left and right. News is more important than ever before. But newspapers are not? Journalists are not? Many people don't know how to square that circle.

Companies need focus. That is why Cisco outsources its manufacturing. And big companies don't necessarily do well in every little venture they paddle into. But Google is Google, and Google Checkout has been a minor hit, although, it has to be noted, in the aftermath of Google Checkout PayPal has only grown.

But micropayments, I believe, are a tougher nut to crack. PayPal did not show up inImage via CrunchBase the face of an imploding industry. It simply showed up.

Will people pay? Even small amounts…

Jay Leno Should Go On YouTube

Jay Leno: It's Not the Tonight Show. It's, Um, the Ten-ight Show Time 9/15 Everyone's asking how well Jay will compete against CSI. I wonder if his biggest rival, in the long run, isn't YouTube.

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Jay Leno Is the Future of TV. Seriously Time The show could be a footnote, or it could make its host bigger than ever. But either way, the small screen is only getting smaller.Comedy is not going anywhere. And Jay is funny as hell. What is being challenged is the business of television, the business of comedy on television. Jay could adapt to the business.

I say go on YouTube, produce one, and two and five minute clips. Embed ads in them. And produce a ton of the embeddable material: a Jay Leno joke on every conceivable topic that you can embed into your blog or website.

There would be a basic fee for the ads, and then a recurring fee based on how many times that particular clip got viewed.

I bet he w…

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Tim O'Reilly Mentions Scott Heiferman On TechCrunch

Image by Meetup via CrunchBaseScott 2.0, 2.0
Social Networking: Where The Internet Comes Down From The Clouds

I just met Scott Tuesday evening: NY Tech MeetUp: Gravitas.

And now I read this gushing mention of him by Tim O'Reilly in TechCrunch: Gov 2.0: It’s All About The Platform. Makes me feel good. Scott started what I call a 5.0 company, one about face time. (Netizen: Web 5.0: Face Time) And he has executed well. And he has a sound business model. He charges organizers, organizers charge those who show up: everyone is happy. Wishing the guy all the best.
It’s important for the idea of “government as platform” to reach well beyond the world of IT. It was Scott Heiferman, the founder of who hammered this point home to me. Meetup is a platform for people to do whatever they want with. A lot of them are using it for citizen engagement: cleaning up parks, beaches, and roads; identifying and fixing local problems.

In this regard, there’s a CNN story from last April t…

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Netizen: The First Blog To Place The PayCheckr Button

The promise of blogging is that anyone, but anyone can get published. The promise of PayCheckr is that any blogger, but any blogger can hope to make part or full time income blogging.
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PayCheckr's beauty is that it economizes space. It is a button. It is small in size. It can be placed anywhere at your blog. I'd prefer to have it show at the bottom of all my blog posts, just like the Share This button.

It is so easy to create your particular PayCheckr button. Right now you don't even have to register. You pick and choose your channels, and, voila, your button is ready for you. Copy and paste your code. Image via CrunchBase

I have started out with four channels.
PayPal DonateAmazon Affiliate: my favorite channelAd SupportedMy Blog's Kindle SubscriptionI recommend the Amazon Affiliate program to all bloggers out there. I think your Amazon store has to go with the theme of your blog. If your blog is about digital cameras, your Amazon storefront will do bris…