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We live and work in exciting times - revolutionary times. Technology continues to recast the media industry.

The extraordinary advance of affordable personal digital technology and the stellar rise of social networks are both distrupting and transforming the media market making this a unique moment to be involved in the convergence sectors we focus on.

This is also our place to ruminate and comment on the world as we see it, we hope you enjoy and please join in.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

LivingSocial next deal of the day service to IPO?

 Kate Kelly at CNBC just reported LivingSocial — a Groupon-like daily-discount company — is in the process of picking bankers for its IPO.

Here are the details, as reported by CNBC:

  • An IPO could value LivingSocial at $10 billion to $15 billion.
  • LivingSocial is likely to pick a banker by the end of the week.
  • LivingSocial is expected to reach $1 billion in revenue this year, and they expect to be free cash flow positive by 2012.

China in Africa

Two centuries ago, Napoleon observed: "China is a sleeping giant, but when she wakes she will shake the world."

Certainly the case it Africa where an estimated 1 million Chinese now live

China is redefining the continent's economic landscape and gradually displacing the influence and relevance of western governments, corporations and development agencies.

Beijing now lends more to Africa than the World Bank does.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Trinity Mirror Exec Pay

The heat has finally been turned on Trinity Mirror CEO Sly Bailey by shareholders regarding her executive pay. As the article in the ST stated the size of her pay is completely out of wack with the (current) size of the business.

It may well be time for Ms Bailey to do the right thing and re balance her pay package to the size of business she has presided over for the last 10 years.

Shrinking business should equal shrinking executive pay.

I doubt it will in this case but it should.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Facebook hits a wall

Facebook has seen "big traffic drops" in the U.S. and Canada, even while it slowly closes in on 700 million members globally, according to Inside Facebook<http://www.insidefacebook.com/2011/06/12/facebook-sees-big-traffic-drops-in-us-and-canada-as-it-nears-700-million-users-worldwide/>, which monitors membership rates of the social network.
The behavior of the social network's North American and (some) European membership suggests its growth potential in these nations is now limited. And that's potentially a big detriment to a Facebook IPO.
And this news on the day that Facebook IPO rumored<http://www.cnbc.com/id/43378490/> to be at $100bn valuation

Ad Placement (not funny)

Nokia and Apple friends again?

Nokia And Apple Bury The Hatchet, Settle Patent Suit http://cnt.to/os5

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

high50 launches

I am delighted to announce the launch of high50.

Its taken rather longer than we expected (3.5 years) but good things come to those that wait dont they? And over a million more people have turned 50 in the meantime so the delay isnt all bad.

So for those of you who have made it through the last half-century in reasonable shape and are looking forward to the next. Join us.

A big thank you to web wizard Toby Kay for all his hard work and the genius that is (Beta).

Apple arrives in the cloud

For those of us hard at work on developing cloud products that make it easy to access data from any device it was great to see Mr Steve Jobs unveil iCloud.

Following hard on footsteps of Google and Amazon Apple are
the latest 'big beast' to offer consumers the ease and convenience of storing data in the cloud and the ability to access it from any device.

Its a great space and one that will radically improve the way we manage our personal content and our media.

I can think of no better space to be in right now.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Groupon Q1 revenues blast

Groupon 2011 Q1 revenues of $645m, almost as much as for the whole of 2010 at $713m (FT)