Jeffrey Mann

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Is There a Dropbox Effect?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  November 12, 2012  |  4 Comments

A columnist at VentureBeat recently wrote about the supposed Dropbox Effect and whether it is real or not. I think it is, but not the way most people seem to be using the term. I see three aspects the supposed Dropbox effect: What the people saying it think it means What it really means What [...]

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If Google Can Pull the Plug on Wave Like This, What’s Next?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  August 5, 2010  |  14 Comments

So Google announced yesterday that it was pulling the plug on its high profile Wave initiative. Gartner will soon publish a First Take with the official reaction, but the way this announcement was made got me thinking. I will not cry for Wave, but I find this an unsettling move. Not because Google has killed [...]

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Internet Tech in Europe: LeWeb 2009

by Jeffrey Mann  |  December 19, 2009  |  2 Comments

It was a hectic, but fun and informative two days at entrepreneur Loic Lemeur’s LeWeb conference for high tech startups in Paris earlier this month. I was looking for exposure to new ideas and activities, and mostly achieve that. That’s me at the lower right of the picture. For those not there, Ustream has posted [...]

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Expectations from LeWeb 2009

by Jeffrey Mann  |  December 9, 2009  |  1 Comment

I am sitting in the audience, waiting for the LeWeb conference in Paris to start. I am more accustomed to being backstage, waiting to speak at conferences. Organizing and speaking at Gartner conferences has sort of ruined me as an attendee at most of these things. I get antsy after a few minutes of sitting. [...]

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The Social Media MacGuffin: A Volume-based Business Model for Twitter

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 27, 2009  |  6 Comments

Twitter famously has no visible means of financial support, aside from the money it has raised from venture capital firms. A viable business model for Twitter has become the elusive MacGuffin sought by many observers of social media, like the statuette in the Maltese Falcon. Fairly vague comments from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone have ignited [...]

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Bringing the World to Your Outlook Inbox

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 6, 2009  |  2 Comments

I spoke with a company with an interesting product set today, which is just coming out of development and onto the market. Kayxo is based in Germany, Argentina and Denmark. They offer four products that bring more data into Microsoft Outlook and Exchange, all built around Microsoft’s Office for Business Applications (OBA). Insight and Exchange [...]

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"Somewhere, Under the Radar, Life Goes On…"

by Jeffrey Mann  |  December 8, 2008  |  Submit a Comment

While walking my dog this morning, I was thinking about what the effects of the economic downturn would be on the startup companies I deal with in the collaboration and social software space. I have a soft place in my heart for startups. I started my IT career at one, and try to recreate that [...]

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