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Buzzd

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Image via CrunchBase CrunchBase: Buzzd real-time social city guide for your mobile device...... Employees 9 .... Founded 11/07 ..... Delivers up-to-the-minute reviews and ratings from friends, buzzd members, and other real-time content from twitter, gowalla, foursquare, loopt, brightkite, etc. ...... Aggregates static content feeds from Zagat, Flavorpill, Citysearch, Metromix, Upcoming, and many more ..... Real-time activity drives users to view and act upon local inventory ..... featured by Apple, BlackBerry & Android, as high as #2 top overall app for BlackBerry and #64 top free app for Apple, featured free app for Android on Verizon VCAST. .... received $3.2M in Series A funding. (10/29/08)
Buzzd - Wikipedia buzzd was founded by Nihal Mehta and Deepen Shah from ipsh!, one of the world’s first mobile marketing agencies in the U.S. which was acquired by Omnicom Group in 2005.
VentureBeat: Buzzd ward-winning social city guide
Buzzd Brings Location-Based Guides to the BlackBerry

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One Programming Language

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Image via Wikipedia I was over at Hacker News, and came across this wonderful blog post by Babu Srinivasan: If You Had To Learn Just One Programming Language. He lists all the languages and he lists 13 criteria with which to measure them. Then he starts eliminating languages.

List 1: Common Lisp, Scheme, Fortran, Smalltalk, C, C++, Objective C, Ada, Java, Javascript, C#, D, Prolog, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Groovy, Clojure, Lua, Forth, Factor, Erlang, OCaml, F#, Clean, Haskell, Scala.

List 2: Python, Ruby, Groovy, Clojure, Erlang, OCaml, F#, Clean, Haskell and Scala.

List 3: Clojure, Erlang, OCaml, Clean, Haskell and Scala.

List 4: Clojure, OCaml, Haskell/Clean and Scala.

List 5: OCaml, Haskell/Clean and Scala.

Winner: Scala.
Functions are values and values are objects. Therefore functions are objects. Unlike Java which has primitive types int, float etc, Scala is completely object oriented. Numbers, characters, booleans, functions are just objects ..... A big deal is made of duck typing in…

India Broadband Spectrum Bids

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Image via Wikipedia The beauty of the mobile space is best felt in markets like India where people's first introduction to any form of telecommunication comes in the form of a simple mobile phone in their hands that they use for something basic like making phone calls. This reminds me of the early days of the PC revolution in the US when software people wrote code for chips that were, well, not powerful at all. You ran simple programs. But they were novel and mesmerizing. You felt like you were at the forefront.

To make voice calls, no literacy is required. That is a revolutionary concept.

There is ample demand in India for the kind of broadband services that the average user in the US takes for granted. After all India boasts of the largest middle class in the world. And it has plenty of the super rich, the dollar millionaires and billionaires.

But for me the most fascinating aspect of the unfolding story is the way it impacts people who Bill Gates calls "the bottom two bill…

Google's Advertising Business

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Has Google Been Able To Scale Well?

Google's advertising business was an after thought for Google. It was not hatched by the two founders and it was at first doubted by the CEO. But Google mints close to 98% of its money from that advertising business. Google invented a new ad platform and has never looked back since. That revenue stream has allowed it to go for a once in a decade IPO, has allowed it to engage in big and bold experiments. That revenue stream has been Google's lifeblood. That ad platform is as simple as search, or at least simple looking.

Google experimented in the traditional online search ad space and found a fit, a great fit. More recently it has experimented with radio and TV with mixed results. Its most recent push been into mobile. It has worked hard on its mobile OS - Android - so as not to charge for that OS, but to serve even more ads on mobile phones. I am a huge fan of ad supported services. It is more egali…

Redesigning My Blog

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For the longest time I thought that was Google's responsibility. My blog is hosted by Blogger. Google owns Blogger. So it is Google's responsibility. Then weeks back I read this post by Fred Wilson: AVC Redesign. I left the longest, most detailed comment of anyone there. Mostly I disagreed with the basic thrust of what he was saying. Your blog looks good as is, let it be, I said. But a few days later I found myself working on the redesign of my blog.

The number one desire I discovered was I wanted my blog to load as fast as possible. I was surprised that I took out the things I took out. I got rid of the code for Google Analytics. More recently I got rid of Google Ads. I reduced the number of posts on the front page to two from three. I got rid of a whole bunch of things from the right hand column. I got rid of the Amazon ads. I got rid of the Amazon search box. I got rid of the Amazon music box. People don't come to my blog to listen to music. I don't think so. What w…

Paul English Writes Back

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I wrote to his official Kayakemail address, and he wrote back. He might have copied and posted the body of the email, but he needed to have typed my name. I don't know if you know but Kayak's focus on customer service is legendary. They keep this old school big red phone in the office. Every time a customer calls, they pick and talk. The Kayak engineers themselves reply to every email every customer ever sends them. I just got my first hand experience of that legendary customer service.

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Kayak, Paul English, Africa, Free Wireless Internet

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OnStartups.com: Startup Insights From Paul English, Co-Founder of Kayak (Via Paul Orlando, @porlando) the most popular travel search site on the web (and one of the top 1,000 most popular sites on the web)..... In Dec 2007, with just 39 employees, Kayak raised $230 million (at a much higher than that valuation) to acquire their largest competitor, SideStep. Paul is on my list of “best entrepreneurs I’ve met”. ...... my next 10 year project. I'll be at Kayak, of course, pushing it, pushing it, but I'm starting a new project that has an audacious goal of creating free low-bandwidth Internet for the whole continent of Africa.
Fast Company: Kayak.com Cofounder Paul English Plans to Blanket Africa in Free Wireless Internet (Via Adam Carson, @adamkcarson) a "big, big project," one that will consume the next decade of his life ..... 8.7% Internet penetration right now ..... belief that providing basic Internet is as essential to society as clean water and clean power…

Kayak, Paul English, Africa, Free Wireless Internet

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OnStartups.com: Startup Insights From Paul English, Co-Founder of Kayak (Via Paul Orlando, @porlando) the most popular travel search site on the web (and one of the top 1,000 most popular sites on the web)..... In Dec 2007, with just 39 employees, Kayak raised $230 million (at a much higher than that valuation) to acquire their largest competitor, SideStep. Paul is on my list of “best entrepreneurs I’ve met”. ...... my next 10 year project. I'll be at Kayak, of course, pushing it, pushing it, but I'm starting a new project that has an audacious goal of creating free low-bandwidth Internet for the whole continent of Africa.
Fast Company: Kayak.com Cofounder Paul English Plans to Blanket Africa in Free Wireless Internet (Via Adam Carson, @adamkcarson) a "big, big project," one that will consume the next decade of his life ..... 8.7% Internet penetration right now ..... belief that providing basic Internet is as essential to society as clean water and clean power…

The Dumbo Loft Digital Dumbo

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Image via CrunchBase So last night I was at my second Digital Dumbo. I even got to say hello to Andrew Zarick, (@a2z) the guy who got me started with Digital Dumbo last month, the organizer. Andrew is from Louisville originally. I have spent a few years in Kentucky. But Louisville is like Kentucky's own New York City. I was in a small town. He might not relate.

The evening was as fabulous as I expected it to be, although the next time I think I am going to pull a Miko Mercer (@mikomercer) and not drink any beer. Only a few days back I learned Ann Curry is half Japanese like Miko. (Ann Curry Commencement)

All beer drinking is obligatory drinking for me. I don't enjoy the process. I enjoy the effect even less. I far more enjoy working the crowd, hopping from one puddle to the next and next.

I paid my compliments, first at my blog in the morning, and then in person to Andrew in the evening. I was 15 minutes late, and still one of the first to show. Digital Dumbo is what the NY Tec…