Editor’s note:Sergio Monsalve is a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners where he is focused on early and growth investments in the digital media, mobile, and social areas. Follow him on Twitter.
E-commerce is one of the fastest-growing sectors in technology and is poised to get even hotter, with sales expected to double between 2010 and 2015, according to eMarketer. So how can discerning investors find the most promising opportunities? They have to first take off the rose-colored glasses.
While innovative, fast-growing e-commerce companies abound, many of them will not succeed in the long run. For all the opportunity, it remains extremely difficult to build a great e-commerce company that truly and repeatedly delights the consumer.
At Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), we’ve been shopping in the e-ommerce market for years. The companies that rise to the top of our list have one thing in common: an obsessive focus on the…
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Google Maps gets more awesome by the day. Earlier this week, the service started rolling out stunning underwater imagery- if you will, a seaview mode. Now Google took to the Google Maps blog to announces the inclusion of more high resolution images including a major build-out of 45-degree images.
This update brings a lot of new data to the mapping service. Google Maps and Earth now features 17 cities and 112 countries and regions with high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery. In addition, 51 cities can now be viewed in a 45-degree mode including 37 cities in the US and 14 abroad (full list below). It’s never been easier to burn a little time and escape from your cubical to a far away land.
Google constantly rolls out updates to its services but it seems this week has featured more news than usual. Perhaps Google is attempting to cash in…
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Klout hasn’t just defied influential tech pundits, its social reputation scorecard has won them over. Now the sometimes-controversial startup is aiming at search. The startup has just signed a strategic investment and partnership with Microsoft that, on top of new funding, will create a product and business relationship with the Bing team.
You’ll begin seeing Klout scores — the combined measure of a person’s influence across Twitter, Facebook and other social networks — show up in the search engine today. The initial implementation will show Klout scores for friends in the “People Who Know” section of the right-hand column, alongside other third parties already in there, including Twitter and Quora. Search for a hot topic like “Facebook advertising”, you’ll see people with socially-proven expertise showing up. Mouse over an expert’s name, and their Klout score will appear, along with their Klout-determined areas of expertise.
Meanwhile, search data in…
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Crowdbooster a is a great app for managing your Twitter followers. You can figure out who you should drop, add and it allows you to schedule tweets for the times they are most likely to be seen. I like it and suggest checking it out.
Click here to open Crowdbooster
I am showing this photo to illustrate a point. Frequently when we shoot all we do is look in front of us. We miss out on what is above us and at our feet.
This was a fun lighting experiment because the ambient light inside old City Hall in Toronto. It was lit with an off camera flash with. Honl grid attachment. By no means impossible to do but it takes a little work and patience
Photographer Harold Davis has written an excellent tutorial on an introduction to LAB color. It is worth the read if you are interested in taking your knowledge of Photoshop and digital color up to the next level.
Read it here