A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet. Just as people expect
sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software
applications to be free. Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree
someone should pay, just not them. Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! why did
you do this to us?
With companies left and right offering full versions of their products for
free, users have been conditioned NOT to pay for anything. This
conditioning can be seen across everything from social media sites to
messaging to business applications. The problem with this as I see it is
the negative impact on innovation.
Users think that they win by getting free software or services, but do they
really? If you ask me the only real winners in the free ecosystem are the
investors behind well funded companies. By locking down markets with free
offerings companies can ... (more)
David Abramowski's Blog
It seems that Apple has another winner on their hands with the new Apple
iPhone 3G. There are now millions of people connected to the Internet every
minute of every day using this device. The fast adoption has created a
tremendous opportunity for software vendors and companies to take advantage
of an extremely large ecosystem of end users. The ecosystem is alive and well
with the streamlined experience of the Apple App Store.
This integrated web application is a directory of items available for the
iPhone. Just this week Steve Jobs expressed his excitement w... (more)
Cloud computing is a rather powerful tool that allows even the smallest of
businesses to provide an enterprise class environment for web applications.
In a nutshell, the cloud is nothing more than the ability to rent computer
services on demand from a 3rd party provider. At MioWorks.com we use Amazon
Web Services, but there are several other services out there for you to
Mastering the cloud takes a bit of work, a dash of experience and an openness
to learn from others. But once you do master it, the benefits are
tremendous. You’ll never have to order another server ... (more)
Today I attended the preamble to the InnoTech conference in Portland, OR
called the eMarketing Summit. The day was filled with energetic and
passionate speakers that made the $149 fee well worth the price. The topics
varied by speaker but there was a common theme - there is much more to
marketing these days than just blasting out advertising. Words including
interaction, experience and engagement resonated throughout the
It is very clear that a new age of marketing is upon us. Not that we should
give up the past, but we need to learn to blend the two together.... (more)
In today’s Oregonian, Mike Rogoway’s article “Tech entrepreneurs defy
recession“ quotes me as being able to build the first version of
MioWorks.com for $5,000. Well this is very true but may be a little
misleading so let me explain how this can be.
The team behind MioWorks is not just me. There are three other founders
that have dedicated every extra waking moment to building the application
over the past several months. Of this team two are technical mavens and two
are business guys.
So where does the $5k come into play. There are three aspects where we spent
money directl... (more)