Vote in TechCrunch's Europas awards
Don't forget to vote for the great Swedish and Nordic companies that are nominated in TechCrunch's Europas awards.
Some of the companies nominated are King.com, Polar Rose, Rebtel, Silobreaker, Spotify, Stardoll, Twingly and Videoplaza (please add the Swedish ones I missed as well as the Norwegian, Finnish and Danish companies I know I missed).
Shopping is dead, revisited
In March I blogged about the increasing U.S. savings rate and some possible implications. In the last couple of months it has continued to increase, and in May it was at 6.9 %. That is a far more sustainable level than the bizarre no or negative savings level the U.S. has had in the last few years, but it also means that consumption-driven recovery will likely take more time than many hoped.
First it is about customers, then about people
Business really is about people once you figured out a half-decent thing to do for your customers.
Terrorists Under CCTV
Somewhat related, although a year old or so, One Nation Under CCTV.
US online ad spend sinks 5 % in Q1 2009
IAB Reports 5 Percent Decline in U.S. Online Ad Revenues For First Quarter 2009, compared to first quarter 2008. Flat might be the new (slightly) up, but -20 % is not the new flat.
Videoplaza breaks into the UK
The Videoplaza team continues building a great company and the company's ad server is now used by Incisive Media and Factory Media, two British publishers (press release). Big congratulations to getting a foothold in Europe's most important online advertising market!
Also noteworthy is that leading online video blog NewTeeVee, part of the GigaOm blog network, has written and article on Videoplaza.
Disclosure: I'm sitting on Videoplaza's board.