Summer’s a slow time for news, as we know, and if it’s not about Harry Potter it’s just not news.
Nevertheless, the Times has a piece on the Junxion Box, a gadget that lets multiple mobile users connect to the web. Fabulous for commuters and those who travel lots. A consumer version is coming out shortly. Naturally Verizon’s up in arms. One priceless quote:
"We’re not surprised that people are building services like this and trying to attach them to our network," Mr. Nelson of Verizon said. "It verifies how cool and how important our network is. We’re going to protect that investment."
Chances are, if you have to tell people how cool your product is, it ain’t so cool. Chances are, if a development from a small company is legal, and it’s a threat to your throttle on the market, it’s time to figure out a new way to do business.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 9:07 am, Comments (0)
Snap him up, folks – Eric Throndson, formerly of Baker & Taylor, tells me he’s…formerly of Baker & Taylor. If you have not been fortunate enough to benefit from his experience and smarts – and his very direct and dry way of looking at things – now’s your chance. You can find his resume here, references here, a testimonial here, and an article he wrote for Against the Grain on ISBN-13 here. Do yourself and your company a favor and hire this man.
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In 1995, more or less the dawn of the Internet age, I was hired by a small company located in a warehouse in Williamsburg. Like a scene out of Brazil, there were wires draped everywhere, dust floating into our coffee (we learned to put index cards over our coffee cups in between sips), constant blowing of fuses (both electric and emotional). This was Muze, already 5 years old, a company supplying data about CDs, videos, and – as of 1995 – books, to clients such as Amazon, MSN, and Borders.
What I loved about Muze was its resemblance to a skunkworks, its lab-like atmosphere and the sense that we were doing work that was either massively groundbreaking or massively irrelevant. We kept expecting the company to go out of business at any moment – and it never did.
Trev Huxley (yes, grandson of Aldous), one of its founders, left the company in 1990. Paul Zullo, the other founder, just departed the other day, and has been replaced by one Bill Stensrud, previously an executive at the venture capital company that acquired Muze. A quick Googling of Mr. Stensrud brings up bucketloads of praise. Perhaps he’ll be the guy to finally bring Muze into its own. One can hope….
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