This appears to be the most read post on this blog. . . I guess I should be updating it a little bit.

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Digital Economics, studying how your decision are impacted by your relatives, i.e. social network effects.  This blog helps me draft my thoughts.

My advisor is Pr. Éric Brousseau, from Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, and he specialised on Neo-Instituional economics, i.e. the branch that focuses on why there are companies and how are they organized, transaction costs, law and economics; he specifically likes to explain how groups cluster into more formal, enforced organisations. Seeing a decade ago how internet will change all that, he has also been a leading scholar on Internet economics — the area that attracted me first.

I have been working for Orange Labs, the most research-oriented R&D departement at France Telecom. The company has been a great suport, and a source of great contacts, irreplaceble database, and amazing research — but all good things have an end, and I should be ‘one the job market’ by November.

To be honnest, I have to that say I’m a bit disappointed by how little comments are left on my blog: traffic is low, but the ratio is lower then usual. Many bloggers explain it is the best stat for success, so I have to take your silence as a stern warning. I’m not planning to be famous, but I guess the goal to make a serious blog, with occasional, longish posts and no photos is challenging, or foolish; should I be more appealing or admit that bloggin is not for me? Anyway, do not hesitate to comment; if you have another way to discuss my ideas then have me comment of other blogs, shoot.

One of my current question is: what comes next? I should be over with my dissertation soon (at leats I hope so) and I’ve been looking into business models for too long not too dream of starting projects of my own. All my friends will tell you: I’m relentless when it comes to explaining what you could do better, especially regarding IT. Presently, I would like to change the way many social services (should) earn money by challenging the idea that targetting ads are a good thing or the only option, and suggest pull-based ‘actions’, based on yours and your friends’ current activity stream. I don’t know if ISP, mobile operators, portal owners, SocNet sites would interested (some people at Orange are) or if I have to prove my insights by myself, but I’m not a coder, so I cannot make this happen by myself.

Finally, I have a dozen blog post currently drafted, that I dare not put in front of the public — not clear, not detailed enough, yet. If you believe I should post more, there is all the material that I need one-click away.

The photo of mini-croissants was taken by Yves Town.

8 Responses to About

  1. Piero Rivizzigno says:

    Great point about “caffé sospeso”. I’m thinking about all those guys that are selling their user generated content sites and are not leaving anything in “sospeso” for their users that actually created the value for their sites eventhough enjoyed some free storage and other amenities.

  2. TJIC says:

    Good post on network externalities; saw it linked to over at Tim O’s blog.

    I’d like to hear a LOT more on your idea about monetizing social networks – I agree that ads stink.

    I launched my second business (HeavyInk.com) based on the thought that social networks provide the network effect, but direct sales provide a revenue model.

    If you’ve got some time to chat, please drop me a line at the email address I’ve supplied.

  3. Maddy says:

    Having a picture of croissants was a winner for me. Maybe one way of increasing traffic is by posting images. There is a huge percentage of people who are visual so respond better to visual stimuli such as photos, illustrations, color and different typography. Give it a try sometime.

    Also, have you tried spreading yourself out on the web? maybe find other ways to connect with people such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, etc. Additionally, commenting and engaging with people on their blogs can drive traffic back to yours if it is something interesting and compelling.

    All the best!

  4. Bertil says:

    Thank you Maddy!
    I love type and clean design, but when I started, I felt like all my potential readers would be using RSS readers; now with too many Unread, twitter and Facebook link & Safari Reader, I see a lot more CSS — and I know my potential readers too. I like this theme; would you change it?

  5. Hi there,
    I just came about this blog after your interesting comments about fines in French Telecom on a techcrunch blog.
    As someone who is just graduating from b-school and wrote my thesis on MVNOs entry strategies in Italy, I find your thoughts and posts, really helpful so keep it up.
    (I just started blogging so i also anticipate to have a tiny audience, but hopefully that can change 🙂

    Do you have any thoughts on the future of MVNOs in France? Are there any disruptive ones or are they just existing at the mercy of their host MNOs?

  6. Bertil says:

    I replied to Jesper by e-mail — but if you want me to delve more into MVNOs and access-rights, I can. Still have a dozen posts on the subject in my draft folder.

  7. Jesper says:

    I would definitely like more posts about MVNOs and access rights.
    It is interesting how differently MNOs view MVNOs from country to country and Southern Europes is just generally underveloped compared to Scandinavia for example.

  8. Hi, I came across your blog, and I’m very interested in your writing and thinking, especially as it relates to my company, App.net, and what we’re trying to accomplish. Have you checked us out? Interested in your thoughts on the paid vs. free, and the building of a developer ecosystem, platform risk, etc. Thanks!

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