Marketing
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The “thin edge of the wedge” strategy

ChrisDixon - December 27, 2010

Establishing relationships with new users is the hardest part of growing a startup.  For consumer products establishing relationships can mean many things: installs, registrations, purchases, or even…

Data Mining
676 views

The interoperability of social networks

ChrisDixon - November 11, 2010

Google recently added a caustic warning message when users attempt to export their Google Contacts to Facebook: Hold on a second. Are you super sure you want…

Inside Companies
855 views

You need to use social services to understand them

ChrisDixon - October 23, 2010

I don’t know if Malcolm Gladwell is right when he claims “the revolution will not be tweeted,” but I can say with certainty that the Twitter he…

Uncategorized
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Online privacy: what’s at stake

ChrisDixon - October 22, 2010

It is widely believed that a flourishing democracy requires an independent, diverse, and financially solvent press.  With print newspapers set to disappear in the next few years, the…

Uncategorized
585 views

Web services should be both federated and extensible

ChrisDixon - September 5, 2010

One of the most important developments of the web 2.0 era is the proliferation of full featured, bidirectional APIs.  APIs provide a way to “federate” web services from…

Business Intelligence
815 views

Competition is overrated

ChrisDixon - June 26, 2010

Your #1 competitor starting out will always be the BACK button, nothing else. – Garry Tan Suppose you have an idea for a startup, and then do…

Uncategorized
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Designing products for single and multiplayer modes

ChrisDixon - June 12, 2010

The first million people who bought VCRs bought them before there were any movies available to watch on them. They just wanted to “time shift” TV shows…

Uncategorized
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Steve Jobs single-handedly restructured the mobile industry

ChrisDixon - June 6, 2010

With the introduction of the iPhone, Steve Jobs achieved something that might be unique in the history of business: he single-handedly upended the power structure of a…

Uncategorized
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Facebook, Zynga, and buyer-supplier hold up

ChrisDixon - May 8, 2010

The brewing fight between Facebook and Zynga is what is known in economic strategy circles as “buyer-supplier hold up.” The classic framework for analyzing a firm’s strategic position…

Uncategorized
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It’s not East Coast vs West Coast, it’s about making more places like the Valley

ChrisDixon - February 27, 2010

I’ve written a few times about what seems to be an exploding tech scene in NYC.  This is sometimes interpreted as arguing that NYC is a better…