947 Different Marketing Technology Companies

Scott Brinker, a.k.a. Chiefmartec, has an amazing supergraphic up with 947 different marketing technology companies in his post titled Marketing Technology Supergraphic 2014. Just looking at it you get the sense that there are way more tools and technologies out there than anyone would have expected. Only, there are even more as many startups carve…

Learning to Code

Over the past 30 days I’ve had three different people ask me for advice on learning how to write code and build an app. Of course, that’s music to my ears as I think everyone that’s involved with a tech startup should learn to write code. Now, the goal with learning to code isn’t so…

Rise of the Browser Add-on Business

Now that Google Chrome and Firefox have healthy, active extension / add-on marketplaces, we’re starting to see more companies build businesses that interact with data and services from other web apps with the browser add-on being a critical component. Here are three popular examples: Rapportive – Adds a sidebar in Gmail that shows rich contact profiles…

Continuing the Internet of Things Examples

Continuing with the internet of things experiments from July, I’ve come across several more that are intriguing. Internet of things refers to everyday items, like a camera or car, being connected via WiFi to the internet, enabling a variety of new functionality. Here are several more internet of things devices that are promising: Netatmo Personal…

Can’t the Software Just be Knocked Off

Last week I was talking to an ambitious young professional that wants to get into the startup world. We were discussing ways to evaluate the potential of a startup — how big and successful it might be. In terms of evaluating startups, he offered up a serious concern of his saying that it’s easy for…

Notes from the Twitter S-1 IPO Filing

The Twitterverse is buzzing about the upcoming Twitter IPO, and now we have all the intimate details courtesy of the S-1 IPO filing with the SEC. I’ve found Twitter to be an amazing medium that I use on a daily basis (@davidcummings), so I want the company to succeed in a way that grows both…

Growth Drives Value for SaaS Companies

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is hot. White hot. In fact, it’s been hot for several years now. Marketo, which IPO’d recently, now has a market capitalization of $1.23 billion (NASDAQ:MKTO), even after Salesforce.com bought ExactTarget / Pardot. With Marketo’s most recent quarterly revenue results of $22.5 million (extrapolated to $90 million annually), the stock is now trading…