Is the future what we make it?

Written by Andrew Lovatt in General

In the mid-90s I published an e-zine, remember those? It was called Ireland's Internet Future. It was very popular. Then well-known players in the emerging Irish internet gave their views on our future. Then that future caught up with us and swept us along to where we are today. And here we are again, with Cong16 putting on the binoculars to look and see, what's going on.

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How do you justify a $10 Billion Valuation?

Written by Geoff Lovatt in Marketing

Astronomical valuations for tech companies are nothing new, in fact it’s commonplace nowadays. The tricky part is justifying these sky high estimations and that problem becomes even harder when the company doesn’t have any real turnover to date.

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Why is “What’s Hot” the most important criteria?

Written by Geoff Lovatt in Marketing

Last week Twitter launched its newest tool, Curator. A trending topic amalgamation tool for media outlets that is designed to compete with the likes of Storify and Newswhip. Curator’s main USP at the moment is that it is free, for now anyway, to media outlets who request access. Curator will allow users to see what topics are trending and where, and will offer a search function with filters to narrow down on location, word count, device and even more subtle nuances like feelings expressed in a tweet.

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Internet has created a new economic model

Written by Andrew Lovatt in Strategy

Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of the new book “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now“, in an interview with Strategy + Business argues that our current economic model goes back to the 12th Century and was good enough for the Industrial Age, but since the internet has evolved so has the need for a new economic model.

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Which? delivers “satisfaction”, on the phone too!

Written by Andrew Lovatt in Reviews

I recently visited Which? to lookup a product, and took up their offer of £1 membership. This allowed me to get into the members area where most of the articles and reviews reside. Within the week I got the latest issue of the magazine and a  cover letter. After reviewing my product and looking through the website I realized that Which? is UK-centric and whilst the product reviews are still apropos much else simply doesn’t apply. I wanted to cancel my subscription before the standard monthly charges begin!

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