Interview With Craig Newmark, Web Pioneer, Nerd And Philanthropist (MDE174)

Minter Dialogue Episode #174 This interview is with Craig Newmark, a self-described nerd, Web pioneer and advocate of technology for the public good. Craig is also the founder of Craigslist, the classifieds site that is today 64th on Alexa’s global ranking, 11th in the US. Craig was kind enough to grant me an interview in…

Two parallel competing models: Craigslist/OLX and LinkedIn/Viadeo

Organic or Acquisitive Growth? A comparison of the Linkedin/Viadeo (professional social network) and Craigslist/OLX (online classifieds) battles. I see an organic growth model allowing for a more homogenous type of community build. Both Linkedin and Craigslist have the first mover advantage and have chosen to pursue this option. The challengers (and ‘late comers’), Viadeo and OLX, have opted for growth via acquisition. Both challengers are well positioned to capture the local market based on their core business. However, both are going to have a more razor-edge approach to their finances in that they will need to amortize/optimize their investments in the local players. While the fight between OLX and Craigslist is more head-to-head in that they are looking at exactly the same markets in the countries in which they do business, Viadeo and Linkedin benefit from a more segmented approach.

How the Internet is Revolutionizing Business Everywhere

Taking a step back recently, I tried to think of all the industries that have been radically transformed by the tsunami of the Internet. Internet has a way of altering the way of the land in many different ways because, fundamentally, it changes the way we all communicate.  The immediacy, mobility and multiway channels of…

Permanent Changes arising from the Economic Crisis

Changes? What Changes? The ongoing worldwide economic crisis has created many obvious changes in behaviour, mostly focused on the effects of reduced funds. Whether it is the fear that makes a salaried person "tighten" his or her budget or someone who actually has less money coming in (for example, an entrepreneur struggling to make ends…