Monthly Archives: October 2007


Making sense of the MS/Facebook tie-up

I must be turning into a sceptic in my old age. I simply could not believe my eyes when I read that Microsoft had invested $US240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook. This effectively valued Facebook, which anticipated revenues this year of just $US150 million, at $US15 billion dollars.

That’s a crazy valuation. […]

By |October 30th, 2007|investment, Web 2.0|1 Comment

Managing the Numbers (Australian Anthill)

There is an old adage in management circles that “what gets measured gets managed.” For all its apparent simplicity, this maxim is actually very difficult to implement, as it requires you to know what to measure, how and by whom. Key performance indicators (KPIs) vary from business to business, depending on their overall goals and key business drivers, so blindly following the metrics applied by other businesses could spell disaster.

First, why is “managing the numbers” so important?

Successful performance management helps extend accountability throughout the business, ensures day-to-day activities are in alignment with your strategy and financial targets, enables faster and more confident decision making, and helps both management and staff to prioritise tasks, identify market changes and spot opportunities. It also ensures broader transparency of business issues, drivers, and impediments to success.

Understanding the What

It takes significant management resources to measure, plot and track performance indicators, so it is imperative to measure only what matters. How do you determine what matters? The answer requires an accurate understanding of how value creation occurs in your business.

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By |October 14th, 2007|Australian Anthill|0 Comments

Bubble 2.0 – Advertising Platform the Key to Online Domination

The Wall Street Journal Online published an interesting article last week titled Microsoft Fires Volley At Google in Ad Battle, which states in part:

Some industry executives believe the Internet today is facing the sort of turning point that the computer-operating-system sector confronted two decades ago: Whoever controls the technology platform for buying and selling online […]

By |October 2nd, 2007|3rd Horizon, Cash, Media, Strategy, VC, Web 2.0|0 Comments