Archive for April 2006

Weblogging becoming mainstream?

April 21, 2006

The latest numbers on Weblogs, which were recently posted in the Technorati Weblog by Dave Sifry, show an amazing trend in the bloggosphere. What has started as a niche market is more and more developing into a mass market phenomena.

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Takeaway: Blogging seems to become main-stream. Of course, the number of pure weblogs is going to grow further, but more importantly in my opinion is the growth outside of the classical blogging community. Many sites such as Yelp or Qype are now using a non-obvious, subtle approach to "blogging", which allows every non-hard-core blogger to get a first hand experience on commenting on other people's opinion, thoughts and ideas. I believe this is the right approach to get blogging into the mainstream market!

Recommendations: Every new trend is revealing challenges but is also opening up opportunities for smart entrepreneurs and start-ups. As Dave has pointed out correctly in his article, spam, splogs and spings are major potential threats to a young but fascinating trend such as weblogging. I am sure, we will see many more promising ideas and exciting start-ups appearing around this theme.

Deutsches Eigenkapitalforum – A great place to pitch your story!

April 21, 2006

On April 26th / 27th, the "Deutsches Eigenkapitalforum" (DEF) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with another great conference. Taking place in Berlin this time, the DEF has become one of the most important platforms for VCs and start-ups to network and to pitch their business cases to each other here in Germany.

Takeaway: DEF provides an excellent platform for young companies to learn about venture capital and private equity. It allows pitching ideas and getting feedback from venture capitalists. I heard that some current IPO companies have made their first "steps" at this conference.

Recommendation: Very worthwhile if you are looking to raise venture funding and want to meet a large number of VCs at once. Hope to see you there!