links for 2009-09-09

  • Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is preparing the next Android update, and the 1.6 version of the software will include a retooled Android Market which places a stronger emphasis on paid applications.
    The Android Market has been relatively successful at attracting developers, and the over-the-air store now has more than 8,000 programs. But some developers have expressed concern about the difficulties of generating significant revenues from Google’s mobile store, particularly compared to the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Developers also said it was too difficult for users to navigate the store to find paid apps.
  • Founded in 2005 by Charlie Graham, Shop It To Me is a free e-mail service that notifies users when clothing they like goes on sale in their sizes. When users sign up, they select the clothing items, sizes and brands they’re interested in, as well as how often they’d like to receive Salemail alerts. Each personalized Salemail includes product images, pricing and links to purchase.
    Shop It To Me maintains relationships with top retail sites, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s, as well as boutique retailers.

  • While the differences between Webmail properties such as Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL and Hotmail may seem subtle, their user bases do not behave alike.
    A study of success metrics for marketing e-mails sent through MailChimp’s distribution service showed that Gmail users were most likely to open and click on e-mails.
    Open rates varied from a low of just over 20% for e-mail sent to AOL users to a high over nearly 31% among Gmail users. The click rate on e-mails sent to Gmail accounts was more than 7.4%, compared with rates between 4% and 5% for Yahoo!, AOL and Hotmail users.
  • Fred had a great post today called Ten Characteristics of Great Companies. This link includes the comments, which numbered over 70 when I last looked. Great discussion overall, especially for Fred’s having come up with the list on a 15-minute subway ride. Fred used to write a series of posts about VC Chiches, and I would periodically write a Counter-Chiche post from the entrepreneur’s perspective. This post inspired me to do the same.
    So I’ve taken 15 minutes here, pretended I’m on the subway, and here is my list of Ten Characteristics of Great Investors, in no particular order:

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