Online media, citizen media, and traditional print publications are competing at unprecedented levels, which are forcing many publishers to tighten their belts as a way of gunning for survival. Any tighter and they may suffocate themselves.
BusinessWeek just cut 15 reporters from staff, including good friend, Larry Armstrong. The publication is citing difficulties in the market.
It’s true that publications are laying off staff and it isn’t new. However, it’s always interesting to see who they target in their rounds. Larry is a proven, well known and highly respected business and technology journalist.
Marco Rosella recently ran a post on Web 2.0 exit strategy badges and prepping for the upcoming Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. I also covered it and offered a few more suggestions.
Well, the creativity never stops I guess, so I’m publishing a few more ideas to complement Marco’s initial line-up of exit badges.
Online photo sharing and printing service Shutterfly raised $87 million in an IPO today, closing up 3.7% at $15.55 per share, reaching a ceiling of $16.73, according to VentureBeat.
Marshall Kirkpatrick of TechCrunch observed, “In a time when IPOs are among the least common liquidity events enjoyed by Web 2.0 startups, for a photosharing site to remain independent and go public is interesting relative to all the startups we profile here.”
Kudos over to Marco Rosella for his clever post on Web 2.0 exit strategy badges and prepping for the upcoming Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. Thanks for the tip from Valleywag.
He writes, “With the definitive affirmation of blogs, podcasts, wikis, video and photo sharing, social bookmarking and all the other instruments that value the single user as an ‘active’ part of the web, the continual creation-sharing-reuse of contents ride with a rhythm high as the growth of the number of services that support it.”
Photo Credit: Rob Lee
DEMOfall 06 is behind us and DEMO’07 (ha, 007) is just around the corner. I know of two companies already hoping to launch their new products at that event.
Day One pictures
Day Two pictures
There was a last-minute addition to the line-up, which I didn’t cover in my last post. Mercora presented to Chris Shipley last week, and she just had to have them close out the event.
Day two of DEMO was in full effect, and I was running as fast as I could to keep up. Imagine a ballroom and pavilion full of mouth-watering technology and gadgets, top tier media and bloggers, overactive buzz word factories, and an elite crowd of nervous and excited presenters.
Photo Credit: Rob Lee, the man who makes everything happen
67 presenters and only 6 minutes to show the world how they will change it.
Photo Credit: Greg Narain of Social Roots
Welcome and opening remarks by Chris Shipley, Executive Produce, DEMO Conferences
It’s time for a Ballroom Blitz as the music blared and the lights dimmed. In a dramatic fashion, images from previous events cycled through on the two gigantic screens on either side of the stage, leading up to Chris Shipley’s arrival.
Her presence, as always is nothing less than impressive.
While I’m here at DEMOfall, I missed the Revision3 launch party. Scott Beale captured the event, and by looking at his pictures, I absolutely wish I could have been in two places at once.
Photo Credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid
For the story, jump over to Laughing Squid.
“The founders of Digg just launched their new video content company Revision3 tonight, with a massive party at Mighty in San Francisco. Special guests from Tiki Bar TV , Ask A Ninja , French Maid TV and many others flew in just for the occasion. ”
Today was a day of rehearsals, pavilion setup and a presenter’s briefing courtesy of the DEMO cast and crew.
After setup, we had a bit of time to kill, and then it was off to the 6 p.m. event reception. Talk about pulling out all of the stops! It was an incredible mix of demonstrators, attendees and media – along the harbor outside the Sheraton, which also partly bordered the poolside with lively waterfalls.
It’s 9/24, and DEMO is about to launch. In fact, I’m already in San Diego and we just finished-up our rehearsal.
In case you have never been to a DEMO event, they’re technically “THE” launchpad for many, many leading companies, includuing Palm, HandSpring, and eTrade. Presenters have only six minutes to present their company and new product/service in front of the industry’s most prominent players.
I will post updates and photos from the show here , so check back daily.
Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.
His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.