Hey look at this: Seb’s Open Research is back on the air! Or should I say, on the wire? If (by chance) you still read here (and I haven’t exactly been the most prolific blogger in the last while either) and are NOT aware of Sebastien and his blog, I strongly recommend that you click as quickly as you can and check it out. Seb is one of those guys who keeps a relatively low profile compared to the “stars” – but who has a huge and entirely deserved (in my experience) reputation among the long-standing and most perceptive thinkers in the strange space described by terms as “social” and “web” and such.
I just realized I haven’t talked much about what I’m up to lately. When we moved back to Montreal, I had what I thought was going to be a great job developing a new, should-have-been revolutionary web product… but that didn’t really work out very well (they didn’t share my vision of what the site could have and should have been and I didn’t think it was worth the investment to think small). Since then, I’ve been working really hard to get a new company off the ground. My great friend Claude moved back from Paris a few months before I came back to Montreal and he has been working like a maniac to establish Exvisu in Montreal. Almost immediately we talked about merging our forces, and after one aborted attempt last spring, in the fall I started devoting some time to it and based on my good experiences in the early going, this past winter I dove in head first.
At the moment, Exvisu is all about doing a very unique and advanced kind of research to help leaders with marketing, communications, and political opportunities (or problems). We have the ability to go out into existing but unstructured data sets and learn a great deal more about an issue than traditional approaches can provide. From there, we work very closely with our clients to develop appropriate web-based strategies to address the opportunity or problem. And, to round out the offering, if our clients lack the capacity to execute on the strategy themselves, we’ll work with them to do the job.
It’s a pretty broad offering, but we’re exceeding the goals we set for ourselves in January. We have several clients and partners we’re working with such as AGY Consulting, K3 Media, Gartner Lee Limited and several others I can’t really mention. As well, we’re working hard on a couple of different technology projects that will be the key to moving from a pure consultancy to a much more ambitious play down the road.
but one problem that continually bites me in the butt is that Camino does a pretty poor job of remembering multiple login credentials at a particular site or domain. When I’m working on the back end of one of my blogs or with the interface of my webhosts, this is a constant aggravation. I’m pretty much forced to use Firefox again. I guess that’s not so bad though.
A journalist (but trained as a computer scientist) who hates the WWW: Dump the World Wide Web! by Bill Thompson. Ironic to see that on a site called “OpenDemocracy” though.
but CNET has published a very interesting article from Forrester about deploying web services: Ten tips for killer Web services.