Is Venture Debt Good for Startups?

There was a well-written article in Wall Street Journal today about venture debt and its virtues. You can read the article summary here. You need subscription to read the complete article. Besides the fact that the article started with Retrevo, Pui-Wing did a good job of presenting different viewpoints about the venture debt from entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and venture lender  read more »


Video Calls 101

As I mentioned earlier, my daughter is spending a semester abroad. What could a Dad want more than to be able to see his daughter as well as talk to her from oversees?  read more »


The Saga Continues!

Jim Samples, the head of Cartoon Network resigned according to NY Times. Samples, who had been with the network for 13 years felt compelled to step down amidst all the public scruitny and bad press TBS got for the guerrilla marketing around''Aqua Teen Hunger Force''. Of course no uplift in viewership week to week despite the publicitydidn't help the cause. It underscores theresponsibili  read more »


Cheapskate's Guide to International Calls

I just sent my daughter off to Florence, Italy for a semester abroad. Naturally, I wanted to connect with her the cheapest and best way possible. Fortunately she had a Motorola V551 which is a quad band phone required to handle European GSM frequencies. Unfortunately it needed to be unlocked before it could take an Italian SIM card. Cingular provided the unlock code for free, it just took a few days for them to get it from Motorola.  read more »


My First Post

Hello, My name is Andrew Eisner. I just joined the Retrevo team full time now that we have a little cash in the bank.  read more »


Here is More About the Apology!

A public apology and $2M settlement with local authorities is what TBS had to pay for their guerrilla marketing. Of course theygot the publicity that they wanted for their show in any case :-).Here is the link for more details.


Creativity in Advertising!

Yes, we all know how big the search advertising market is. Just look at the results announced by Google last week. We also know that online is still only 6%-7% of total advertising spend in the US. So, what's going to drive the growth in online advertising? Will advertisers keep pouring more money into text-ads displayed right next to search results at the expense of print, radio, television, billboards etc? I think not! There are some really interesting things (call them experiments  read more »


Some Trends in 2007 from CES!

It is very easy to get lost at CES when there are 2,700 exhibitors displaying 20,000 consumer electronics products. From the sentiment on the show floor, I gathered the following interesting trends:  read more »


Some Cool Products on Display at CES!

This is not a comprehensive list of cool products from the CES floor, just the ones that I came across in last three days in my miles and miles of walking. I know I have still missed many sections on the show floor. You can just imagine the scalewhen there are2700 exhibitors showing off 20,000 odd products :-).  read more »


Looking at Macworld from the Floor of CES!

We recorded our first video show from CES with Scoble yesterday. Very informal coverage of CES buzz. You can watch it here (it is a it long at 30 minutes but you get all of it, nothing less).

We launched Retrevo's Hot or Not this morning. With Macworld and CES running simultaneously, it was a no-brainer for us to come up with Hot or Not. Give it a try, its fun. Macworld opened up with its usual excitement and fanfare. Obviously Jobs is a showman and he proved it again. You can watch Jobs keynote here.

Now lets get to the two main products that Apple announced. The much anticipated iphone and Apple TV (for a little background, Cisco Systems owns iphone trademark but Jobs seems determined to fight it out and generate some buzz). The buzz around these two products has been phenomenal. See it here and here. Me personally, not being able to feel the keys is a serious limitation on an iphone. May be I will get used to it, may be I won't. And what's with Apple TV without true 1080p (or even 1080i) HD? It only supports 720p. What? So late and so little on this product. Netgear announced a similar product at CES that could do what Apple TV does along with streaming content from Youtube and iTunes. I in fact was secretly hoping that Apple would add a TV tuner and DVR functionality on Apple TV. Nope. Yes, I am disappointed with Apple's announcements, guess my expectations were unrealistic. Wall Street went nuts because these products expand the addressable market for Apple dramatically. And whatever I say, Apple has a serious fan-following. They will sell these products despite the limitations.

We are having a blast at CES. I will write about more cool categories and products over next couple of days. Let us know what you think about Hot or Not. And of course don't hesitate about sharing your views on iphone and Apple TV.