Scot Wingo's annual keynote at Catalyst is always worth listening to because he is accountable to his customers and they want results. He doesn't deal in theoretical coolness or geeky oneupmanship: he is interested in things that work (perhaps a reflection of his engineering training?), deliver ... Read more »
If we believe the press (articles in the Metro and The Times to name two), dark clouds are looming over eBay: the wronged masses of eBay sellers are grumbling and steeling themselves for a strike. Like David polishing his sling before the fight, they're getting ready to slay Goliath.
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ChannelAdvisor's Catalyst event in London this week was a great opportunity to examine the trends and developments in ecommerce in Britain and abroad. Lots of exciting presentations and people were present. And I have a (papery) notebook full of scribbles to blog in the next week or so. Keep 'em ... Read more »
Here's some stuff I've been looking at online recently.
Vanity first. I was interviewed by Ina Steiner of Auctionbytes about vzaar, eBay and the like. Tamebay reviewed the updated version of Make Serious Money on eBay UK which is now available in all good bookshops, and WH Smiths. I also ... Read more »
Inspire is a strong word, but Duffy's song Warwick Avenue set me off down a train of thought. Quite literally: underground to a tube train of thought. What other songs are named after London Underground stations or, more precisely, have the names of tube stops in the title? Yes, you're right; it's ... Read more »
You have done, without doubt, the most amazing job at reinventing Doctor Who. You are, without argument, a superb writer and a visionary Executive Producer. Your place in heaven is assured. You have my unerring admiration for not just bringing Doctor Who back but for ensuring that it's ... Read more »
... been selling my book on eBay using video.
... Fallen in love with the writing of Edward St Aubyn: fiction as sensual pleasure and vice. It's not often you read a paragraph, savour each word and go back and read it again. Not that it's cosy or twee stuff, some of it's kinda grim. But it ... Read more »
When an organisation is in the midst of an online community storm, as the Guardian was over Max Gogarty's blog, the only successful outcome that seems to matter is getting out the other side. Rather like the crew of a ship hanging on for dear life, you batten down the hatches, rely on camaraderie ... Read more »
Since I left eBay in November 2006 (it feels like a lifetime ago) I've probably spent more social time with eBay PowerSellers than I ever did as an employee. In the last few weeks I've been chatting with a clutch of sellers: it's been fun.
What have we been talking about? There was plenty of ... Read more »
RIP Civil Serf...
... We knew you well. It's taken the mandarins too long to understand the blogosphere and even then they didn't get it. Radical transparency has a home in government: you did it for me. I'll buy you a drink. Any day. Get in touch, if you read this.
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... been called a 'Hoxton twat'. I'm absolutely thrilled. It's so wrong. I love it. Deep joy.
... featured on News 24 talking about the Guardian and Max Gogarty. My post on the subject is far and away the most read thing I've blogged about and set personal records for visitors and pages views in ... Read more »
Blogger gets flamed. Dad weighs in. Newspaper criticises the readers. Journalist rails against the 'mob rule'.
This is the fascinating tale of Max Gogarty, 19, who has so far written a single short 'blog' article for the Guardian recording a self-funded trip to India. Seeing as transparency is ... Read more »
... revelled in the musical might of Vampire Weekend live at the Hoxton Bar and Grill. I don't know the last time I felt so giddy about a new band. Maybe it's.. well... ahem.. never... or at least not this millennium. They write songs about public transport and punctuation. Hell, I even had to ... Read more »
Thanks very much for giving me the chance to spout off every day for a month about eBay and ecommerce and the like. Thanks, especially, for the comments and conversations that have taken place. It has been fascinating to read the views expressed.
So I thought I'd finish with a sort of summary ... Read more »