Category Archives: business

Adventures in domain names

I recently noticed that, the name of my first venture-backed company (co-founded with friends and occasional business partners Rob Kramer and Steven Starr), had fallen into the hands of a domain name squatter. I always loved this name, those days are a blur, but as best as I can recall, the name is originally due to Steven, and so I decided to rescue it (at not inconsiderable expense I might add).

I’ve temporarily pointed it to Thoof, my current company, so that its Google PR of 6 isn’t wasted. I’m hoping that Google’s bot deals with a HTTP 301 Permenant Redirect status code in a vaguely intelligent way.

I plan to ponder what to do with it in the longer term, perhaps something political…

Pocket Fashionista

For the past few months my girlfriend Janie has been working on a new fashion-orientated website called Pocket Fashionista. The idea is that people can upload photos of themselves wearing an outfit and get honest feedback from other site users.

Janie built PF from the ground up using Ruby on Rails, she handled setting up the server having carefully researched the multitude of options for getting rails to operate efficiently. Right now it should be able to handle 10-30 impressions per second.

Anyway, she is looking for feedback so if fashion is something that interests you, check it out.

Google killing Google Video

I just noticed that Google is now mixing YouTube search results into the results if you search for videos on Google Videos. Indeed, given YouTube’s far greater number of videos, most of the results to any given search are likely to be YouTube results. Make no mistake, the effect of this will be to kill Google Video.

This is disappointing because in some ways Google Video is technically superior to YouTube. For example, Google Video lets you start watching a video in the middle, while YouTube requires that the video load from the beginning before you can “seek” within it.

The Google purchase of YouTube was interesting in that it was an acknowledgment that Google’s own effort to create a video sharing website was a failure. More than most companies, Google had a pretty high opinion of their own capabilities, so this must have been a painful admission for them (and I’ll bet the Google Video guys were absolutely furious about it, probably still are).