his site from his previous firm , Paul & Sugerman.
with the new year, David decided to strike out on his own, and opened a solo practice. In addition to a new site, he needed all new print collateral, and, in a new wrinkle, decided we'd do some video as well.
In Japan since Friday night. Currently in a small working class town an hour out of Nagoya. Wonderful host making us feel welcome. About to hop a train to Nagoya where we will stay at the Nagoya Crown, a nice hotel with an onsen. Looking forward to a hot onsen soak. Our down time here so far has allowed me to catch up on some long overdue writing, thinking, planning. Right now, and since yesterday, writing up business plan for re-launch of Videodash network, Videodash_V2 so to speak. Mea culpas included free of charge. Very exciting, illuminating, and informative to analyze in detail the last year of trying to launch Videodash on a shoestring. I am considering posting here in installments.
It is a great exercise to stare in the mirror of ambition, see the true reflection, and not flinch...just evolve.
When Terry Semel posted a blog about the reorg of Yahoo, I commented on his blog that "I think something big, bold and dramatic on the order of AOL’s taking down the walls, or Google scooping YouTube, will be necessary to stop the Wall Street/blogger whispers, and if this bold move is something unequivocably about real “user experience” and not a press release about a new ad partner, then Yahoo will begin to get back the momentum it had a year ago."
Today NewTeeVee reports that Yahoo is in talks about buying up MetaCafe. Dramatic, or desperate, or too late?
As everyone (here's Om's take) reports on and analyzes the circumstances surrounding Yahoo's press conference today, I wonder if this is a preliminary nail in the coffin of the "huge-horizontal-all things to all people" media strategy...as well as the "get a Hollywood guy in there..they understand content!" strategy (Braun & Semel.)
...and hence the beginning of the stampede towards aggregating vertical-niche media properties.