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Day August 1, 2007

After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning

I’m a huge fan of Marc Andreessen. His blog is one of the first things I read daily. He’s a success story from the wild, wild west days of the Dot.Boom and has gone on from Netscape to start (sell) and focus on new companies. He started Ning (with a partner) in 2005, which I think shows that he still has a critical eye for what the next net commodity will be. I’ve set up a couple of Ning Networks for clients and am trying to get motivated to work on one that focuses on Mac software, services and developers.

After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning

TECH BIZ START-UPS

After Selling Opsware, Andreessen Turns to His Third Startup, Ning
By Adario Strange 08.01.07 | 2:00 AM
“When Hewlett-Packard acquired Opsware for $1.6 billion in cash last week, it changed the reputation of serial entrepreneur and web pioneer Marc Andreessen forever.
Andreessen was the golden boy of the internet’s early days, but Microsoft eventually pummeled his first company, Netscape Communications, into a decidedly secondary market position. When he launched Loudcloud in 1999 without any immediate or obvious payoff potential, Andreessen’s critics had a field day.”

(Via Wired.com)

Facebook – The Race to build a Platform within the Platform is on!

I think that Facebook is completely open to people (using their API) figuring out how to monetize their platform. It’s not a closed system (like MySpace), it will make Facebook even more valuable in terms of being bought. And it helps the company develop quickly without having to do the usual heavy lifting by itself!

Facebook – The Race to build a Platform within the Platform is on!

“Facebook application APIs signal the beginning of the second movement of the Platform “Big Bang,” which I think you could think of as the “Platform within the Platform” rush. Applications with millions of users will soon enable APIs that offer other developers the opportunities to extend their applications and gain distribution in an attempt to become a kind of “platform” themselves.”

(Via Scoble’s Link Blog – Twitter.)

Improve Your Social Network : [chrisbrogan.com]

This is a great article that focuses on growing your social networks in terms of relationships and not just numbers. Sometimes in the midst of adding new “friends” or “followers”, we forget that these are actually people with lives (hopefully) outside of their computers/networks. It’s great to find out what else you have in common!

Improve Your Social Network : [chrisbrogan.com]:

“Sometimes we forget that social networks are more than just software. We forget that beyond a bunch of friend-adding, and asking for links or votes, that there’s more to building online communities and keeping relationships. A strong social network requires some tending and care, just the way real live relationships need attention and deliberate effort. Here are some ideas on how to tend your digital networks and reach the people on the other side of the screen.”

(Via Scoble’s Link Blog – Twitter).)