Interesting Business Week Articles

Here are a few articles from this week  that I found interesting:

  • The Failed Promise of Innovation in the U.S. — During the past decade, innovation has stumbled. And that may help explain America’s economic woes
    • RJM:  Does true innovation need to move economies forward?  Is there such a thing as spinning on useless innovation?  It seems that Jim Collin’s new book seems to think so as well.
  • How Cloud Computing Will Change Business IBM, Qualcomm, Nokia, and other majors, along with startups, are preparing to cash in on new technology. Not that it will be easy
    • RJM:  Nothing to revolutionary about this article but interesting how companies are realizing the importance of having information at your finger tips.  Very good case studies from various companies.
  • Why We Tweet We’re now big fans of Twitter. To those with eyebrows aloft, here’s how it happened
    • RJM:  The Welch family perspective on Tweeting.  This is like my dad joining Facebook.

Pownce is Shutting Down


TechCrunch reported today that Pownce is shutting its doors. The famed Kevin Rose start up is shutting down December 15th and the engineers are joining Six Apart.  In my inbox, I received the following note:

We are sad to announce that Pownce is shutting down on December 15,
2008. As of today, Pownce will no longer be accepting new users or new
pro accounts.

To help with your transition, we have built an export tool so you can
save your content. You can find the export tool at Settings > Export.
Please export your content by December 15, 2008, as the site will not
be accessible after this date.

Please visit our new home to find out more:

Our thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the Pownce community,

The Pownce Crew

What is amazing is how Twitter is just running away with the micro-blogging space regardless of the performance issues and lack of features everyone has been clamoring for.  I’m still very bullish on the micro-blogging space and am very curious to see how the space plays out.  There is still lots of growth to be had.