Alex van Someren's Lucky Acorns
– Alex van Someren is one of those rare people, without whom our modern world would probably be a little bit different. From writing the first book about programming ARM architecture, the computer processor which now sits at the core of almost every mobile phone on the planet. To providing the technology that made Secure Socket Layer (SSL) more commercially viable, and helped enable the ecommerce in...
BarCamp: Living on Virtual Fish
– BarCamp Scotland presentation.
Bart Balocki on Practices of Venture Capitalists
– Bart Balocki covered the history of US venture capital, outlined how venture capitalists operate, and developed a model of how perceptions of value change over time.
Behind a Royal Wedding
– Observations on the celebrity-family, private-public wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.
Bill Joos on Pitching
– Bill Joos' top 10 mistakes for early stage/startup company business plans and pitches.
Bill Urschel on Internet Advertising Innovation
– The development of AdECN, its role as an exchange market for internet advertising space, and the future of internet advertising.
Caleys Demographic Profile
– Demographic profile of Caleys, a square of tenements surrounding a common backgreen in Edinburgh.
Dave McClure on Social Networking and Web 2.0
– Dave McClure outlines some of the advantages of
David Law on Design as a Competitive Advantage
– Summarises David Law's argument for design as a competitive strategy, describing why there is a need to differentiate, his approach to design, targeting of niches, and how to stay ahead.
Edinburgh Trams: Perception vs Performance
– Edinburgh's Trams may yet provide the ultimate test of perception over performance. I walked the entire route (by nearest footpath) on launch day, then rode the tram back. I preferred the walk.
Financing Hyper-Virality in the Clouds
– This article probes the implications of cloud computing for financing very rapidly distributed internet-based services and products. It contains rough, inadequately researched thoughts, sparked from discussions at the recent CloudCamp Scotland. On this page: Cloud Computing Benefits Hyper-Virality Funding and Revenue Models Exploding Intangibles People The Caveat Cloud Computing Cloud computing is ...
Ian McCaig's History of Lastminute.com
– From a stereotypical dot com baby in 1998, to the rapidly maturing teenager of 2010. Covering the problems of merging acquired companies, the need to scale costs, and the change from a public (stock market) ownership to private equity.
John Clare on Electronics Retail Margins, Scale and E-Commerce
– This article summarises the low-margin nature of the electronics retail business, the drivers for globalisation and growth in scale, and makes some fascinating observations on the role of physical premises for developing a successful e-commerce (internet retail) model.
Mike Masnick on Techdirt, Information and Consultancy
– Mike Masnick outlined the company's history and philosophy - use what's abundant to solve what's scarce - and outlined an interesting approach to the delivery of expert/consultancy business services.
– As I write, the United Kingdom is in the midst of a national election campaign. A month during which politicians vie to confuse the electorate with big numbers. Politics is suddenly ravaged by intangibility, because the national economy is unable to sustain the usual tangible proxies for a better life - "more schools and hospitals" - and because the tangible results of fixing that economy tend to b...
Patrick Chung on Games Venture Capital
– Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club lunch event with Patrick Chung (NEA).
Michael Gazzaniga on the Science of Mind Constraining Matter
– Can neuroscience explain it? You know - consciousness, being, the number 42. And if everything you thought you were transpired to be nothing more than an easily deceived heap of neurons, would that trouble "you"? During October 2009, Michael Gazzaniga gave a fascinating series of Gifford lectures exploring how our brains process the information that gives us our sense of "I". Gazzaniga drew extens...
Scottish Innovation: Designs without markets?
– David Farquhar argues for greater focus on marketing and selling in Scottish technology ventures.
Scottish Tram Financing
– Introduces the concept of risk in tram (and similarly large public transportation and infrastructure) projects, chronicles the decisions that lead the City of Edinburgh Council to need to find hundreds of millions of pounds to support a single light rail project, and explores the implications for future policy-making, especially in the context of a more devolved Scotland.
Simon Kirby: The Language Organism
– Language is a method of sharing thoughts. It is uniquely human: Many species communicate using pre-specified techniques, such as markings on a flower to direct bees, or gestures between mammals - but only humans have the flexibility of language. Language is, perhaps, the key evolutionary advantage the human race has over everything else on planet earth. So how have we come to develop this trait? Th...
Turning the Health World Upside Down
– There's a growing acceptance of the links between health, wealth and wider society. Not just the impact of wealth inequalities on measures like life expectancy. But the importance of fixing the underlying social causes of medical problems, rather than just administering the medicine and wondering why the patient doesn't get better. It's convenient to frame this as a Third World problem. And while i...
Video Games Industry Innovation - Edinburgh Digital Interactive Symposium
– Notes discussing innovation within the video games industry.
Virtual Policy and Law - Edinburgh Digital Interactive Symposium
– Notes from the Edinburgh Digital Interactive Symposium 2007, covering virtual policy and legal issues.
– Steve Young on the motivations and behaviour of WeeWorld's users, and the challenges of working with 2D WeeMees, particularly as they move into WeeWorld's new virtual (synchronous) world.