Posts Tagged ‘disruptors’

Follow Fridays – Chris Dixon and Hunch

Friday, April 30th, 2010

A popular Twitter activity is Follow Fridays, where users recommend some Twitter users for others to follow.  I’m going to do something somewhat similar on here.  Every Friday, I’m going to write a post about other people, blogs or companies.  I’ll either recommend a blog to read, post a few blog posts that I enjoyed in the past week, discuss a company that I think is being innovative and/or building a sweet spot product, or something similar.  I read a lot of blogs daily via RSS Reader on my iPhone and enjoy reading about innovative startups or larger companies that are doing something to gain a competitive advantage.   When I discuss a blog on Friday, I’ll also add it to my blogroll on the right rail so you can easily go to any of the blogs I recommend from there.

For the first week, I’m going to do a double-header, although both are from the mind of the same guy: Chris Dixon.  The first is his website, hunch.com, which is a true decision engine, not a search engine with extra data like bing.  It relies on users adding structured data to provide recommendations on topics that are not factual or black and white.

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Today’s Weak Products are Tomorrow’s Disruptors

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Many great products are very underpowered to start.  Laptops were much weaker than desktops when they were first made, but the gap shrunk considerably over the years and the benefit of portability made it worth the slower speed and functionality for many consumers.  Wikipedia wasn’t nearly as useful when it first launched, but got more useful every day as people added and edited articles until it turned into a resource that millions of users trust as much as a ‘professional’ encyclopedia.  If the functionality and method of attacking a problem is valid, then it doesn’t matter if the product is weak when it first launches.  Some of the most powerful products are those that constantly get stronger the more people use them or the more data they collect.

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