Online Video

Knowledge@Wharton writes that business models are still fuzzy.

Questions about the online video market remain. What will ultimately become of all the wheeling and dealing in the online video market? What are the most important technologies needed to expand online video? Can online video startups find viable business models? And aren’t all parties simply hedging their bets since it’s unclear which online video distribution models will win out?

To some degree, the online video market today involves companies — a Stifel Nicolaus & Company report names 25 major players — putting their chips in multiple areas to see which bet pays off, explains Kendall Whitehouse, senior director of IT for Wharton. “From the studio’s standpoint, you want to learn the business models because you don’t want [users of peer-to-peer file sharing technologies like] BitTorrent running off with your content,” he says. “From the startup side, these companies are also looking for a business model and for credibility — they don’t want to become the next Napster.”

Mobile Phone Needs

Russell Buckley writes: “My theory is that what people want on a phone is discovery, rather than search, at least at this stage in the game. So a mash-up of ‘Jerrys Guide to the World Wide Web for Your Mobile’ (ironically), an element of serendipity, a dose of peer ratings and smidgeon of your friends recommendations. This isnt a million miles away from the Wisdom of Crowds that Ricardo spoke about in terms of how results are delivered, but maybe it calls for a different user experience.”

New Rules for Business

Fortune writes about the new rules (and contrasts them with the old rules set by Jack Welch):

1 Agile is best; being big can bite you.
OLD: Big dogs own the street.

2 Find a niche, create something new.
OLD: Be No. 1 or No. 2 in your market.

3 The customer is king.
OLD: Shareholders rule.

4 Look out, not in.
OLD: Be lean and mean.

5 Hire passionate people.
OLD: Rank your players; go with the A’s.

6 Hire a courageous CEO.
OLD: Hire a charismatic CEO.

7 Admire my soul.
OLD: Admire my might