What’s the Future of Local Advertising?

What will local advertising look like a few years from now? BIA/Kelsey recently released the following slides about the local ad marketplace in the US. A few interesting points they make: It's Big - The local ad market brings in $133 … [Continue reading]

So You Want to Start a Web Startup (NSFW)

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Google Boost – Simpler Self-Service Ads for Local Businesses

Google today announced 'Boost' a new, simplified self-service ad offering. It's in beta for the time-being and only available in a few cities in the US, but it could be an interesting step in helping small businesses get started with online … [Continue reading]

Tips from Business of Software 2010

Patrick over at Micro ISV on a Shoestring has a fantastic post summarising lessons learnt at the recent Business of Software 2010 Conference. He goes through highlights of a number of talks and it's good reading for anyone in the business of … [Continue reading]

New PayPal Checkout Page

New PayPal Checkout Page

I was just making a payment via PayPal and discovered that PayPal have a new checkout page. Here it is with the payment via PayPal option showing (this is the default for people who already have a PayPal account): As before, those who don't … [Continue reading]

Realities of Small Business Websites

I spend a lot of time with people who know a lot about the web. They're either building online businesses or they're 30-something friends who live in London and who use the internet frequently in their day-to-day lives. That's why I found it … [Continue reading]

How to Speed Up Web Development Using a PSD to HTML Service

Could you be saving yourself time and money with a PSD to HTML service? PSD to HTML services allow you to send in the design for a web page as a PSD file (the kind of thing your web designer will create in Photoshop) and give you back a set of … [Continue reading]

Group-Buying Deals for London

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Very soon, together with my co-founders, I'm going to be launching a new venture. Like VouChaCha, it's going to offer local deals. And like MenuLover, it's food-related. This time, though, there's a new twist: group buying. The group buying bit … [Continue reading]

Launch48, October 2009

130 assorted programmers, designers and business folk; 6 eager teams; one crazily ambitious goal. Launch48 was back. The goal? Launch a web startup in under 48 hours. I attended the first Launch48 event back in February. It was great fun and … [Continue reading]

How to Choose an E-Commerce Shopping Cart

I recently spent some time comparing current e-commerce platforms (a.k.a. shopping carts). It's a complicated area, so I thought I'd share my findings here in case they can be useful to others. These are my opinions and analysis based on my own … [Continue reading]