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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)

Web Applications for the Apple iPhone 3G

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)

Monitoring Applications in the Cloud

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 explore. 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)

eMarketing Summit @ InnoTech Portland

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 presentations. 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)

Building A Startup For $5k, Really?

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)