Yahoo: I Zimbra

Yahoo is paying a ton of money for the Zimbra collaboration/email service: $350mm, to be exact. That's $39 bucks a mailbox, if you divide Zimbra's 9mm mailboxes by the acquisition price. Yow. I bet that is one hell of a multiple on revenues or profits, as Zimbra, which was…

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Yahoo is paying a ton of money for the Zimbra collaboration/email service: $350mm, to be exact. That’s $39 bucks a mailbox, if you divide Zimbra’s 9mm mailboxes by the acquisition price. Yow. I bet that is one hell of a multiple on revenues or profits, as Zimbra, which was featured in the Web 2 Launchpad in 2005 (scroll to bottom), probably isn’t making money yet, and if it is, most likely is not making profits anywhere close to the traditional multiples software companies receive in buyouts. But this is not about traditional multiples, is it? It’s about 3D future chess. And Yahoo clearly must see some leverage here. And/or, it’s buying its way to the table in a market Microsoft owns (Exchange) and Google is moving into (collaboration suites). Benchmark, Accel, and Redpoint be happy investors, me think. And congrats to Satish and his team!

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Praized Gets $1mm From Garage

FM partner and entrepreneur Harry Wakefield (of Moco Loco) just pinged me with news that Praized, his blog startup focusing on the local market, which has just been funded in an angel round. Congrats Harry!…

FM partner and entrepreneur Harry Wakefield (of Moco Loco) just pinged me with news that Praized, his blog startup focusing on the local market, which has just been funded in an angel round. Congrats Harry!

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What if Google Were Evil? Doctorow Asks in Fiction

BB pal Cory Doctorow has published a short story on the theme of Google as evildoer. The opening scene imagines Google services used by the Department of Homeland Security. The interrogator in the secondary screening room was an older man, so skinny he looked like he'd been carved out…

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BB pal Cory Doctorow has published a short story on the theme of Google as evildoer. The opening scene imagines Google services used by the Department of Homeland Security.

The interrogator in the secondary screening room was an older man, so skinny he looked like he’d been carved out of wood. His questions went a lot deeper than shrooms.

“Tell me about your hobbies. Are you into model rocketry?”

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AOL Re-orgs as an Ad Platform

I'll dig more into this as the day evolves…from AFP: AOL unveiled Monday a global advertising platform it said marked another step in a restructuring for the once-dominant Internet firm that has been losing ground in recent years. AOL, media titan Time Warner's Internet subsidiary, announced a series of…

I’ll dig more into this as the day evolves…from AFP:

AOL unveiled Monday a global advertising platform it said marked another step in a restructuring for the once-dominant Internet firm that has been losing ground in recent years.

AOL, media titan Time Warner’s Internet subsidiary, announced a series of changes aimed at positioning the company “as the world’s largest and most effective advertising network.”

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Thinking Out Loud: Facebook

As part of my preparation for Web 2, I am going to think out loud and ask for all of your help. This year's program for Web 2 includes an amazing array of leaders, and it'll be my job, along with my co-producer Tim O'Reilly, to engage these folks…

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As part of my preparation for Web 2, I am going to think out loud and ask for all of your help. This year’s program for Web 2 includes an amazing array of leaders, and it’ll be my job, along with my co-producer Tim O’Reilly, to engage these folks in conversation worthy of the audience’s time.

So as I have in the past, I’ll use this space as a sketch pad of sorts.

First up is Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (stats). I’ll be interviewing him in the opening slot of the show. It’s not by accident. Last year the opening slot was Eric Schmidt, and this year it’s clear that Facebook has diverted the Valley’s short attention span from Google, at least for now.

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Why Thanks Rex, and About that URL…

Rex Hammock calls for folks to rally around "conversational media" as a term for all that social media/user generated content/word of mouth marketing/etc. and I'm honored by his suggestion (my writings on the topic are here and here and here). He also offers a critique of the first ever…

Rex Hammock calls for folks to rally around “conversational media” as a term for all that social media/user generated content/word of mouth marketing/etc. and I’m honored by his suggestion (my writings on the topic are here and here and here). He also offers a critique of the first ever Conversational Marketing Summit, noting that it was not very well covered by the Web 2 crowd (nary a mention on Techmeme). He aptly notes that perhaps the folks who attended were not, well, part of that world, and to that insight I can only concur: Most marketers are not entrepreneurs obsessed with the Valley, they are business people obsesssed with succeeding at their jobs. The CM Summit, from the feedback we’ve gotten so far, really helped them in that pursuit.

Now, about that URL – conversationalmedia.com – that you own….

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