- 9 Year Old Girl RPG Kickstarter … A Pack of Lies?
She’s the founder and CEO of The Judgment Group, a company that focuses on debt collection. She was featured on CNN Money as part of their list of The Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Oops.
I’ve withdrawn my pledge for this campaign, and I encourage everyone else to do so. After I tweeted about this campaign last week, I’ve noticed a lot of details that add up to a very questionable story. The fact that Susan Wilson is a CEO of a group that collects debt is by itself not very incriminating. There are poor CEOs too, and $1000 is a hefty sum.
But add to it that she has her own crowdfunding site, that she used Occupy Wallstreet to fundraise before (in a way, running a company that collects debts is not really in line with the Occupy Wallstreet movement), the spammy behavior, casting her sons as villains and not disclosing all the details – just the ones that play on the heart strings of the community – and it shows an ugly picture.
But even if I was willing to overlook those details, Susan Wilson’s cyber squatting shows a complete lack of ethics that make the above details even uglier.
Thanks to @IBecameCompton on Twitter for pointing me to this story.
- GoPro Issued DMCA Notice to DigitalRev
DigitalRev lashed out at GoPro for an apparent attack on their use of GoPro’s name and images in a review, but the story went deeper than that.
well, except that it didn’t: GoPro’s letter clearly states that the offending page is the review page. Either way, this only shows that hiding behind DCMA is a bad thing: you’ll end up looking as the bad guy no matter which way you turn. There must be better ways of fighting “unauthorized resellers” (a term that makes me suspect that this is only the symtom of another problem: your sales organization and business model) than yelling for mom.
- My Amazon bestseller made me nothing – Salon.com
My novel shot to the top of the site’s bestseller list last summer. You won’t believe how little I got paid
Remember the author who got a really nice cease and desist letter from whisky brand Jack Daniel’s? Here’s an article in Salon where he writes what he made off the book.
The problem? He made good money. Being on the top list in the digital age isn’t like being in the top list back when they were compiled by year or month. From what I can tell, mr Wensink made $12,000 for 4,000 copies and was at the top list for a week. That’s $3 per book, which is good.
Now, mr. Wensink says on Twitter that he’s not as bitter as the article makes him sound, and that he trusts Salon that they know what they’re doing. I’m not sure I do, because this is a Fox News-like tweaking of facts.
However, if you’re just interested in the economy of things, this is an interesting article – especially the comments.
- Will Anyone Create a Killer App for Google Glass?
Early apps could be evolutionary, not revolutionary, because it’s hard to build a new business when few people have it in their hands, he adds.
Interesting read about the potential for apps for Google Glass.
- The Google Glass feature no one is talking about — Creative Good
From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it.
Imagine going to a public urinal, and the guy beside you wears Google Glass. Would you be comfortable?
This is a very important aspect of the new wave of lifelogging devices like Google Glass or Memoto. We cannot count on legislation dealing with the issues, not without crippling the technology to a point where it’s virtually useless. This is the time for all tech enthusiasts to discuss the problems surrounding ethics and privacy when it comes to lifelogging. And no, “not using the technology” is not the answer, just like “going back to living in caves” isn’t the answer to global warming.
- Response: Facebook Reach is the Most Important Performance Metric – JonLoomer.com
Let’s say you have a choice to place your ad on two different billboards of the same size, look and feel. The first, on a small road with an average count of 1,000 cars a day, and another situated on a highway with a traffic count above 100,000 cars a day. Which one would you choose?
This is the only argument here that I don’t agree with. With this logic, it would be better to have a Facebook Page with 100 000 bought likes from wherever, instead of 1000 engaged likes from your own region.
Other than that, it’s an insightful post, especially on how to measure engagement by using reach instead of total amount of likes.
- Google Now For iPhone and iPad ad
Google Now is deeply integrated into Google’s Android operating system. It’s not clear how deeply Apple would let a service like Google Now embed itself in iPhone or iPad devices. Still, Google Now could approximate its Android capabilities by using push notifications and Apple’s Passbook feature.
This is the biggest challenge for Apple: others are becoming better at building apps for iOS devices than Apple are. Now, Apple must decide whether they want to go towards more access to core functions (phone, Siri etc) for third party app developers, and lose control of their walled garden but get better apps, or keep control but have inferior apps compared to Android.
Right now, I don’t use Apple’s calendar (I use Sunrise and Fantastical), mail program (I prefer Mailbox), notes app (Evernote rocks) … it’s actually easier to list which of Apple’s core apps I do use: Safari, the phone app and the messaging apps.
- Crowdfunding your launch in a new market
Everlane is crowdfunding their Canadian launch, to gage and raise interest. I love how they think.
- How times change …