Finding your web business model

The web as a commercial venue has changed and evolved much in the relatively short time since its inception. As the medium and technology evolved, more and more “real-world” business models became viable for web products.

Despite this, the application of those business models in the web arena is still very much experimental, and it’s often hard for web businesses to find and implement a model that works well for them.
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A web 2.0 business model can work, and work well

The term web 2.0 has been frequently misused and misunderstood, however it is more than a buzz word – it defines a very real phenomenon in which user generated content can be the driving force behind an online site / service.

Some very well known and successful online entities can be considered as such – Wikipedia in which users contribute knowledge, Digg in which users help others find interesting articles by voting and facebook which is the current golden standard for social networking (in which user generated content – UGC – is a given).
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The lost art of user experience

User interface design is my favorite part of the development process. The problems it poses are the most interesting, and thinking up solutions is a form of creative expression.

Users consume applications through the interface – one chance to either deliver a satisfying experience or fail miserably.

It is a topic I have very strong and passionate opinions of, and motivated by this beautiful prose by Jono over at Not the User’s Fault, these are my guidelines for user interaction design:
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Share your ideas with others

The common belief for those with no start-up experience is that a good idea is the most important property of a successful start-up. The perception is that successful entrepreneurs simply woke up one day after having a ‘eureka’ moment, and everything else was, as they say, history.
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