Thursday, January 26, 2006

Yedda - People. Sharing. Knowledge.

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch posted a short piece on Yedda yesterday.

And the reason I mention it is that I've spent the last few months hard at work on Yedda, the company I co-founded with Avichay Nissenbaum and the amazing Yedda team.

Yedda is about people sharing knowledge. It's going to be a great place for people to ask questions, and for people to provide answers. Note the emphasize on people :-)

At this point it's still, but as soon as those DNS servers around the world are done synchronizing their bits, should also be up and running. But, to tell the truth, Yedda is very much an .org thing… Go ahead, visit it, register for the beta if you're interested, or check out the Yedda team blog.

Can you tell I'm pretty excited? :-)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Web 2.0 kicking @ Israel

I've attended the Gemini Internet event a few days ago. Bob Rosenschein of, a true veteran of the software industry, gave a great presentation full of ever-so-relevant quotes that demonstrate his way of thinking. My favorite:

"What information consumes is rather obvious - it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention."
(Herbert Simon)

... as demonstrated with each and every wave of aggregation-filtering-discovery technologies...

Daniel Cohen of Gemini followed with an energetic presentation, highlighting the challenges of Israel-based Web 2.0 companies, and reaffirming the commitment of the Israeli VCs in general (and of course, Gemini in particular) to Israeli Internet companies. The track record isn't there yet, but judging from energy radiated by the participants, things might look quite different in a few months.

From among the participants, I was intrigued by Nir Ben-Dor's, a different take on online content publishing. attempts to integrate the dynamic nature of blog publishing with the collaborative, polished experience of a magazine. Done right, this could provide an interesting alternative to blogs vs. content sites.'s founders, Iddo & Michale, were surprised by the rapid adoption of their service, a slick implementation of social-event-sharing.

Together with FoxeyTunes, Speedbit, Spearcast, Hotbar, Maxthon, Incredimail, eSnips, Dotomi and many others (Yadda!), it was an impressive demonstration of things to come from off-the-valley.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Practicalities and lists

Lots of lets-talk-about-how-it-really-works posts in the last few days. Maybe it's part of cleaning the house for 2006.

Michael Arrington posted "Don't Blow Your Beta" on Techchrunch. This is especially valuable coming from someone who's been exposed to a lot of betas recently. Useful and practical if you're at the point where you're designing your own beta process.

Guy Kawasaki followed up on his "The Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists" with "The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs". My favorite is actually #11, the bonus lie:

All we have to do is get 1% of the market.

And to complete the list-of-ten, Guy also posted a list of 9 truths about the art of innovation. Excellent stuff.

It's interesting to note where Guy's list conflicts with Michale's list :)

Hugh Macleod followed up with his Top Ten Blogger Lies. Hey, these ads really were just an experiment :)

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Delicious Aroma

Library Stuff pointed to Delicious Aroma (a.k.a deli.ckoma), a service provided by Philipp Keller.

The service collects stats about delicious. It seems like a valuable source of information for all tag-o-philes out there.

I found the "tags per bookmark" chart interesting:

Note that the majority of bookmarks have 1-2 tags associated with them. What do you think this number implies? Does it indicate efficient tagging, or does it indicate that the art of tagging has not been mastered yet?

In any case, it's a valuable service. Phillip also provides the raw data if you'd like to perform your own analysis.

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