CrowdFire Launches: The Creation Myth

(This is cross posted from the launch of CrowdFire) Back in June of 2007 I had the pleasure of attending my first Bonnaroo, one of the most mind-bending music festivals on the planet. Anytime you get nearly 100,000 rabid fans together with scores of the best bands in the…

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(This is cross posted from the launch of CrowdFire)

Back in June of 2007 I had the pleasure of attending my first Bonnaroo, one of the most mind-bending music festivals on the planet. Anytime you get nearly 100,000 rabid fans together with scores of the best bands in the world, there’s bound to be magic. And for me, a lapsed fan just re-engaging with the world of live music, it was a revelation.

I don’t want to age myself here, but I’m not exactly in Bonnaroo’s core demographic, if you know what I mean. But so many bands I loved were playing there – the Flaming Lips, Ziggy Marley, Spoon, Bob Weir, Fountains of Wayne – and so many bands I’d heard of but never really heard – Kings of Leon, Lily Allen, Mavis Staples, Paolo Nutini, Brazilian Girls, Mute Math, Ween – the list went on and on and on. And oh, yes, I’ll admit, the band I loved when I was in the demo was also playing: The Police.

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Kevin Johnson Leaving Microsoft

A month or so ago I sat down for a strategy briefing from Kevin Johnson, the then-president of Microsoft responsible for Windows and online services. I never did get around to writing what I thought of that meeting, partially due to a request from Microsoft PR that the session…

A month or so ago I sat down for a strategy briefing from Kevin Johnson, the then-president of Microsoft responsible for Windows and online services. I never did get around to writing what I thought of that meeting, partially due to a request from Microsoft PR that the session be on background.

I enjoyed my time with Kevin, but wondered a bit about whether his strategy, outlined somewhat in this Fortune piece, was going to be enough to sate Steve Ballmer’s appetite for competing with Google.

Now we know. With Live Search, share has been lost, and with Yahoo, the deal is not closed. Here’s the spin:

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A Reminder of the World We Are Not.

Five dollar gas? Boing Boing reminds us that it's not just gas that's a precious resource in many parts of the rest of the world with this photo. Wow….

Five dollar gas? Boing Boing reminds us that it’s not just gas that’s a precious resource in many parts of the rest of the world with this photo.

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Wow.

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“Google Results Disappoint”

The headline in the Wall St. Journal. Google Inc.'s second-quarter net income rose 35%, but the results disappointed investors and shares fell nearly 10% in after-hours trading. Update: If you want snark, but worthy analysis, read SAI: GEORGE REYES takes over. Grab the coffee. AdSense DOWN sequentially. First time…

The headline in the Wall St. Journal.

Google Inc.’s second-quarter net income rose 35%, but the results disappointed investors and shares fell nearly 10% in after-hours trading.

Update: If you want snark, but worthy analysis, read SAI:

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