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Month: December 2007

Forbes’ Top 25 Web Celebrities

I am a collector of people – the basic ingredient of networking. Forbes just published the list of Top 25 Web Celebrities. Here is the list: 1. Perez Hilton2. Michael Arrington3. Mark Frauenfelder4. Seth Godin5. Cory Doctorow6. Matt Drudge7. Gina Trapani8. Mark Zuckerberg9. Harry Knowles10. Robert Scoble11. Frank Warren12. Om Malik13. Will Leitch14. Jeff Jarvis15. Kevin Rose16. Kathy Sierra17. Fake Steve Jobs18. Markos Moulitsas19. Xeni Jardin20. Ryan Block21. Glenn Reynolds22. Pete Cashmore23. Steve Rubel24. Heather Armstrong25. Darren Rowse What is not cool is my name is not there (joke!). In fact, I have dropped out of the 100,000th and now…

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Ariba completes acquisition of Procuri

Yesterday, Ariba announced the completion of it’s acquisition of Procuri, Inc. According to Bob Calderoni, CEO of Ariba: “The acquisition of Procuri is a very positive step for Ariba that builds upon our successful on-demand strategy. On-demand is the fastest growing segment in the spend management market, and Ariba is the clear leader with its share of more than 40 percent. By working to integrate Procuri‚Äôs offerings into our already robust portfolio of solutions in the months ahead, we can further extend our leadership and deliver on our promise to make spend management available and affordable to all companies. Procuri…

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Web 2.0 startups and Crain’s Manchester Business (CMB)

  Crain’s Manchester Business was launched yesterday as planned giving a great opportunity to showcase Northern businesses not just to the local audience through both print and web, but also to the world. The CMB is not just limited to mature businesses, but also covers startups regularly. Here is a story titled Where web 2.0 start-ups go to win friends and influence. What is shocking is how fat I have become since joining the startup world at the back end of 2004. Here is a list of articles that captured my attention: Infinite possibilities for Finestein: Manchester private equity fund,…

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The Power of the Blog (especially in the financial automation industry)

This Guest Post is from Will Donovan of Paystream Advisors of USA So… my company, PayStream Advisors… our biggest business is Accounts Payable Automation. We make the point to say we deal with financial automation in general, but in all seriousness, our sweet spot is AP automation. We’re successful as well – we have a great value proposition for corporate consulting and we do a lot of research. But we’ll be the first to admit that we’re out gunned by the major players in the AP research and consulting industry (who shall go unnamed). So why is it that if…

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2008 claims to be full of events in Manchester……….

I am not sure whether I am crazy in announcing this, but the plan is to hold an event each month. NW StartUp 2.0 This event will continue to focus on startup and early stage funding with the format unchanged, i.e. Networking 2 to 4 speeches – entrepreneurs and investors Mini Break Panel discussion More networking This event will continue to be held at KPMG with dates planned for: 17th Jan x Apr x Jul x Oct Target is to get attendance increased to 50 from current 25 to 30. Mashup* Manchester Co-hosted with Mashup* Events (Simon Grice and Tony…

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NW StartUp 2.0 DEMO + Mashup* Manchester is almost here

On 6th December 07, I will be hosting the NW StartUp 2.0 DEMO (inaugural event) and Mashup* Manchester (2nd event) back-to-back at a new venue, eOffice Manchester. As usual, the Mashup* Manchester is co-hosted by Simon Grice. Whilst the event date was chosen almost a month ago and initial web pages were setup sometime ago, the marketing of the event remains poor. We have also made registration complicated by asking prospective attendees to sign up on two web sites. I have now updated the NW StartUp 2.0 site to make reservations for both events. Why did I not do this…

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The International Problem

This Guest Post is from Will Donovan of Paystream Advisors of USA I read recently that it take the average British citizen 40 days to get a Visa to the United States. 40 days! England, our time honored ally pretty much since the end of the War of 1812, a country that speaks the same language, has heavier-handed privacy laws (not to mention the practical elimination of rabies), is required, as a whole, to waste over a month getting a Visa to the United States of America. Wow. Imagine how long it must take most people? Now, I know Manoj…

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