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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)

SaaS and the Comeback of Blind Faith; Know Before You Subscribe

Software as a Service (SaaS) continues to change the face of computing especially for the small and mid-sized company.  With SaaS offerings the small office is able to take advantage of enterprise class solutions for customer management, time tracking, accounting as well as thousands of other applications. Although there is much fanfare around the benefits of SaaS, there isn't much talk about the lack of delivery standards or certifications.   Choosing a quality SaaS application requires a bit of investigation.  The wrong choice can put your business at risk. Here is the scenari... (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)

Portland Web Innovators

No it wasn’t an April fool joke.  The Portland Web Innovators really held their quarterly Demolicious meetup on April 1st.   It seemed that nearly 100 people gathered at gracious host Jive Software to see demonstrations of some of the latest projects here in Portland. Kicking things off was Benjamin Stover & Jason Grlicky with I need to read this They sum up their application with a rather easy to remember phrase - bookmarks meet to do lists.  The problem they are solving revolves around the multitude of information that we read every day on the Internet.  Blog posts, articles, ... (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)