Archive for March, 2008

flixwagon_logo.jpgRecently, Mashable, Techcrunch and others have posted some good articles on mobile broadcast video. A number of companies have recently launched Mobile broadcast services; FlixWagon, Qik and Youtube´s recent addition of direct upload capabilities in the Latest API all supports this trend – mobile broadcast.

Where I am very skeptical to the live mobile-to-web broadcast option, the pre-packaged service to record and upload mobile video directly is neat and useful. The problem of the mobile video and mobile broadcast today is that while it is recorded on mobile, users download the clip to their PC´s and then uploaded to the web – which limits many good clips to reach the masses on the web through its complexity.

These small Java applications are easy to install and easy to use. With the pre-set upload assistance, mobile videos are uploaded directly to the web either as live streams or saved clips. Where geeks and techies where the only ones capable of this before, anyone can now make it happen. I wonder how quickly manufacturers and Telco´s will jump on this and pre-install these applications and affiliations to drive usage and network traffic.

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Economic gloom hits the VC world

Commentary: Crunch may result in crisis for some fledgling companies

By Scott Austin



Interesting article regarding VC portfolio companies and market.




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Here is a very scary and (I am afraid) very accurate analysis from the Wall St. Journal.

“It is a very logical progression. Peloton, Carlyle, Focus — hedge funds and other non-deposit-taking financial institutions (NDFIs) are now being hit by the credit crunch, which had so far been mainly confined to mortgage lenders and the banks.”

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The impact of Bear Stearns’ collapse on entrepreneurs

Mark V. Cannice, Ph.D.03.17.2008 in the Industry Standard

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Recently, I have been seeing substantial evidence that we are entering an inflationary period and that official estimates of inflation are grossly understated. For example, just look at a selection of today’s news articles: Inflation Alert http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120511152715823437.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries Surging Costs of Groceries Hit Home http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/articles/2008/03/09/surging_costs_of_groceries_hit_home/ Gas Prices Near Records, Following Oil http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080310/oil_prices.html?.v=38 As of today, oil approaches $108/barrel and one Euro buys $1.54. Feels like inflation to me.

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