So the Scandinavian (and BusinessWeek) papers are going at it again. Friis and Zennström (the minds behind Kazaa and skype) are supposedly working on something new call “The Venice Project”. It’s claimed to be about tv and video but not much more. I’ll be quite impressed if the mange to rock the web a third time.
It seems most people are capable of launching an email application and do understand most of the technical skills required to use the application. It does however also seem that a fairly large part of the same people lack the social intelligence and skills required to make efficient use of their email capabilities.
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I was browsing across some pages at Telia Mobile – one of the largest mobile providers in Denmark (and Scandinavia) and frankly, their webshop leaves something to be desired in terms o user-friendly behaviour.
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It’s always nice to see the Internet enable new businesses and products to exist, and the pragmatic programmers has in their latest venture – Fridays – shown a new interesting idea (which I’m sure others has done before, but not in the same quality I expect from them). Small books in PDF format only available online – fewer pages, lesser price, narrow topic – it’s sounds quite interesting.
It should be a surprise, but most companies moving into the internet space doesn’t seem to get the fact that less is more. 37Signals just announced they cut 66% of the features of their next product giving them:
- faster time to market
- a product easier to design
- lower cost of change
It’s really no surprise – right? Yet so many product managers seem to insist that the 100+ pages specification is the product they need in order to bring the product to the market.
In Denmark most of the major websites are members of the FDIM – the Association of Danish Internet Media – and thanks to this association there’s a weekly hit list which provides a comparable overview of the traffic and users on Danish websites. An article (in Danish) at Vertical made an interesting observation – on the Internet function, not content, is king.
It’s an interesting time for the mobile market in Denmark. After wild and impressive expansion for years, almost everyone owns a mobile phone and the market don’t support the mad expansion rates any more. Currently we seem to be in consolidation mode, where first TDC bought (first Telefona and later the much more famous) Telmore. Today Sonofon then bought the biggest budget company using their network CBB.
With prices at rock bottom, it’ll be interesting to see how mobile companies will try to steal customers from each other and if small companies like M1 will survive.