What is all this about?

If you truly want to know what gets us up in the morning you should read :
Wikinomics – How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
We Are Smarter Than Me, By Barry Libert & Jon Spector
Smart Start-ups, by David Silver
The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman
The Cluetrain Manifesto, by Chris Locke, David Weinberger, Rick Levine and Doc Searls

These books will change the way you think about business, the way you think about people, hell, they will change your life.

Brownbook adopts Microformats

Yep, as of today (about 1 hour ago in fact) The Brownbook adopted Microformats. What they hell does that mean, I hear all but the most technically aware ask? Well, it means it allows The Brownbook website to


I can’t sleep

I can’t sleep tonight. I can’t sleep because my mind is racing concerning the impact of peer-produced projects like The Brownbook. I decided to pick a book of my bookshelf, one of those I bought recently but haven’t yet got round to reading. The book is “Small is The New Big” by Seth Godin (www.sethgodin.com). Please allow


Indian business directory

Ben came across an indian business directory site just today, which is really neat. It looks great and works well (in fact I think we have a few things to learn from them on layouts and design). I just can’t get over this feeling that


How is The Brownbook different?

There are plenty of yellow pages, phone book and business directory web sites around the world, most of which have online offerings eg Yell, Sensis, Superpages… They all have a model where they employ a very expensive sales force, an expensive production process and produce a fat telephone directory. Understandably they try to protect the revenue they earn from the printed directory they produce as typically they make a handsom profit margin. They are the gorillas in the market and as the internet revolution has not yet shown them a way to earn equivalent margins they seem to be very half hearted


Well, here we are

Well, hello, and here we are. After almost 9 months in development The Brownbook is live beta stage. We’ll be telling a few close people about it over the next few days, just to get some early feedback so we can make