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Bookmarks for 25 Apr 2011

  • Today’s EC2 / EBS Outage: Lessons learned -
    Really excellent summary of how to create and manage a reliable infrastructure: "Today Britain woke to the news that Amazon Web Services had suffered a major outage in its US East facility. [...] As the dust starts to settle, we attempt to distill some lessons from the outage." (amazon architecture failure systems_administration networks )
  • What Should You Do With Your Crappy Little Services Business?
    Excellent piece of analysis and advice: "[A] successful group of entrepreneurs who had created a company that will do $10-12 million in revenue at their system integration business in 2011 ($5 million in 2010, $2-3 million in 2009). They feel very confident they can hit $18 – 20 million in 2012. They have created two internal technology “products” and wanted to figure out how they could turn their services business into a product business that could be financed. This team is talented. They wanted advice. And probably some money. I gave them advice I don’t think they were expecting from a VC, “Don’t raise venture capital for this business. Ever. And stop effing around trying to create a product company.”" (business service_organisations tips finance scalability )
  • Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies
    Intriguing little bit of investigation: "A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence’s The Making of a Fly – a classic work in developmental biology that we – and most other Drosophila developmental biologists – consult regularly. The book, published in 1992, is out of print. But Amazon listed 17 copies for sale: 15 used from $35.54, and 2 new from $1,730,045.91 (+$3.99 shipping). [...] On the day we discovered the million dollar prices, the copy offered by bordeebook was1.270589 times the price of the copy offered by profnath. And now the bordeebook copy was 1.270589 times profnath again. So clearly at least one of the sellers was setting their price algorithmically in response to changes in the other’s price. I continued to watch carefully and the full pattern emerged." (amazon algorithms economics )
  • We’re In The Middle Of A Terrible Blubble!
    It's not a bubble, says Mike Arrington. I disagree, because I think his argument is "it's not like the 2000 bubble so it's not a bubble". But it's a good piece of writing all the same. (bubble technology business startups investing )
  • Picking On the Competition – NYTimes.com
    "It was not an isolated example of The Times’s needling peer news organizations. In recent months, The Times has slipped a shiv into others on several occasions. Some readers don’t like it when that happens, and I can understand why. It’s unseemly and makes The Times, which is viewed as journalism’s top dog, look like a bully. It’s clear, as well, that some readers expect The Times to apply the same laser-like focus to itself, which doesn’t seem to happen much." (nytimes competition writing )
  • 500 Internal Server Error
    500 Internal Server Error (none)
  • How a Tweetdeck, UberMedia deal could cut down Twitter’s bird
    "You see, Twitter’s assumption was that no owner of a client app would stand up to them. Most of the client owners were young guys, just product guys, not commercial people. It’s one thing to deal with those guys, another to say to a company backed by Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, “no more client apps”. What Twitter needs to avoid is a situation where UberMedia says “Guess what? On our client apps WE run the ads, not you.” So the question is: Do you fight UberMedia with the risk that those high value users are ported to a totally new platform or do you cave in to them and say, “OK, you have us by the balls, we’ll let you sell your own ads.”" (twitter acquisition ubermedia advertising )
  • There will be no Tech City in London if BT is not brought to heel
    "Time and time again startups are telling me that while they can deal with hiring people, deal with finding lawyers and partners and VCs, what they can’t deal with is the achingly slow response times of broadband service providers. It cannot be underestimated how important super-fast broadband in the shape of fibre actually is to the development of the startup ecosystem. It sounds basic, but you can’t have a city without roads, and you damn well can’t have a Tech City without fibre into the buildings." (startups bt broadband uk )

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