Im Looking for Referals!

Im Looking for Referals!

Get into markets that care – go vertical! Hire me to be your guide to industrial and skilled trade channels for your Web 2.0 Application.

I am offering a 5% contract referral payment to colleagues or readers who graciously refer potential clients to me. See my LinkedIn references on the main page of this blog. Reach me @ abmadw@gmail.com or on skype: awilensky

I have several long term contracts out to bid, and these can take a longish time to close. In the meantime, if I can generate some referrals for my, ‘perfect 90 day product strategy critical review’, or ‘what don’t you know about your competitive sector?’ services – that would be great.

I have been providing these services in the Boston area for several years. I was invited to the Valley by France Telecom R&D labs in South San Francisco, for a six month contract centering on the on-line brand monitoring and automotive supply chain sectors. That research went extremely well. Portfolio materials redacted from that research can be seen at the links on the main page.

I deliver actionable product strategies for web properties that may have started in the consumer or enterprise business sector, and I remake them for the services sector. My specialty is web services and applications that could be profitably re-targeted towards the ‘hard’ professions, i.e., technical product services, equipment services, skilled trades, etc.

If you have a Web 2.0 property that is slowing its uptake, never got a fast start, etc., you at least owe yourself a conversation with me. I can work the trade associations, survey new channels, and suggest new approaches and features.

Do you need re-writes of white papers, marketing collateral, or just a general de-funk of the language in your marketing package? I’m your man. I take dry, technical buzz and tell a compelling story about your product.

I work well with product managers – I deliver! See my portfolio pages.

Reach me @ abmadw@gmail.com or on skype: awilensky – See my linkedin profile on the main page.

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I’m no Genius, I’m No Pundit

It’s interesting to note that all the bullet points mentioned in my Yahoo interview are being reiterated on KQED FM this morning “Forum discusses that question with a panel of experts including Michael Kanellos, editor-at-large for CNET; and Sarah Lacy, author and columnist for Business Week Magazine” – Dylan Sweeny is also a panelist.

What is the consensus:

  1. Yahoo never pulled its properties together into a coherent whole
  2. Yahoo never took full advantage of its Web 2.0 acquisitions
  3. Yahoo shied away from pursuing a more aggressive acquisition strategy when it counted
  4. Putting Semel at the helm steered Yahoo onto an ill-begotten road towards becoming a quasi entertainment portal
  5. Semel and Decker greatly expanded the upper level management of Veeps and do-nothing directors
  6. Semel continued (probably did not initiate, though) the slide from a  technology meritocracy, to an agency business model

So, they agree that there has been a bungling at Yahoo. Many callers also expressed that vehement “Purple Culture”, that is boiling over at the thought of serving a Microsoft Master.

Now, whoever pays your check gets your loyalty, but I am reminded of a quote from the interview I conducted that was intentionally omitted due to its Inflammatory tone:

“If the Redmond management clones think they are going to muscle us and change our user driven culture, I will do all in my power to thwart their efforts, short of insurrection”

Sounds like insurrection to me. Such different cultures, such divergent targets.