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CRM Survey of Alternative Asset Community

Touch Ahead Software conducted two separate surveys at both the ACG Intergrowth Conference in Las Vegas and the ACG Growth Conference in Boston in 2009 on the alternative asset community's CRM use and experience. Download results. Most surprising, EquityTouch found that 37% were using no formal [...continue reading]

How to Protect You and Your Company Against Hackers — at No Cost

Twitter's security meltdown has done a fantastic job of publicizing how vulnerable a modern, cloud-based company can be to a determined hacker. I have been surprised that in the numerous articles about how to protect yourself against hacking, I have seen very little mention of the powerful [...continue reading]

Hedge Funds Feel Tug of Internet Matchmaking

Institutional Investor reports on a range of startups trying to create platforms for investors to connect online with hedge fund managers. Members-only Web sites with names like CapIntro.com, HedgeACT.com and HedgeConnection.com promote their online offerings as an alternative to real-world [...continue reading]

Social Media, Investor Relations, and Expert Networks

Brian Solis has a lengthy post at Techcrunch on Social Media and Investor Relations. There's a lot of material there, but I think he omits the area in social media through which the most market-moving information is flowing: expert networks. [...continue reading]

Liveblogging The Smart Money of Crowds: Collaborative Investing Startups

I'm liveblogging notes from tonight's MIT Enterprise Forum event on The Smart Money of Crowds: Collaborative Investing Startups. This was not hard to organize, and I'm very happy with how the event turned out. You can see the Twitter discussion via hashtag MIT0407. Panel Biographies [...continue reading]

Content is Dead, Community is King? The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry

My colleague Jesse Mandell took detailed notes on the recent SIIA panel on Brown Bag Lunch: Content is Dead, Community is King? The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry". You can view the web broadcast at no charge here. Panelists: Leslie Forde, VP [...continue reading]

Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 in the Financial Services Industry

Matt Nelson of Tower Group was kind enough to give me permission to post his thoughtful slides on "Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 in the Financial Services Industry", from the recent New York Financial Markets World conference on "Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 in Capital Markets."  Christopher Rollyson [...continue reading]

The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry, Oct. 31

I'm happy to be participating at a Software and Information Industry Association lunch /webcast on October 31 in midtown New York, on "The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry".The event is on "how your enterprise can profit from social networking: in promotion and [...continue reading]

More on Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 in Capital Markets

Christopher Rollyson took some very detailed notes on the recent New York conference on "Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 in Capital Markets." They're worth reviewing. [...continue reading]

How to Source Deals Using Social Media

I'm looking forward to speaking at an upcoming conference, Web 2.0 / Enterprise 2.0 in the Capital Markets Industry, on September 17 in New York. Liz Abraham of Financial Markets World reports that they still have slots for a few speakers with experience in using or implementing Web 2.0 in the [...continue reading]

Yahoo Should Not Buy Facebook

Robert Peck of Bear Stearns recently presented on the theme "Yahoo should buy Facebook", with a rough valuation of Facebook. I have to admit my skepticism of this argument. Yahoo has a history of not taking advantage of its acquisitions (Broadcast.com…). Far cheaper than buying [...continue reading]

"How Consumers Use Social Networking Sites" report

Charlene Li writes that Forrester just released a report on "How Consumers Use Social Networking Sites"."Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook have seen tremendous growth over the past two years, attracting a young and engaged audience. Frequent users of these social networking sites not [...continue reading]

M&A in the blog and wiki software markets

Kathleen Reidy has posted a useful survey of M&A in the blog and wiki software markets. [...continue reading]

Web 3.0: Where Are We Headed?

I enjoyed speaking at the recent Web 2.0 New York conference.  I have posted an expanded version of my slide deck on "Web 3.0: Where Are We Headed?"  My thanks to Sutithi Chakraborty for her help in researching this topic. [...continue reading]