Techdirt Announcements: Smart Dossiers And Thomson Financial Partnership

from the moving-forward dept

We're in New York City today making a couple of exciting announcements that I wanted to share with everyone. First up, we're launching a new offering as part of the Techdirt Insight Community called Smart Dossiers. As it stands today, it's quite difficult for companies to get good, knowledgeable analysis of companies, both private and public. In the financial sector, you get some coverage from "professional" analysts, but 65% of companies are considered "undercovered" with 35% having no coverage at all (according to a Reuters profile). And, all of those focus solely on the financial side, rather than understanding a company as a potential customer, partner or competitor.

With that in mind, we knew that the members of the Techdirt Insight Community were uniquely qualified to help solve that wide gap in the marketplace, and we've set up the Smart Dossiers offering in response. Companies can now get a SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis on any company they'd like, with a minimum number of guaranteed perspectives from qualified, proven experts in the Techdirt Insight Community. Those experts are competing to provide the best possible analysis, continually ensuring quality analysis. Imagine being able to get a detailed, quick, analysis from multiple different people who have experience and knowledge about a specific sector. Actually, there's no need to imagine it, you can do it, right now. There are a variety of Smart Dossier packages available depending on what your company needs, starting as low as $995.

On top of this, we're also thrilled to be announcing a partnership with Thomson Financial, allowing Techdirt to distribute research from the Techdirt Insight Community (including Smart Dossiers) through Thomson's leading platform for providing research and analysis. Thomson offers deep real-time and after market research to thousands of institutional and business customers in 70 countries via professional subscription networks, including First Call and Investext, and we're thrilled to be a part of that system. As Keith Ackerman, Thomson Financial's Global Head of Next Generation Research, said:
"Thomson Financial views the addition of the Techdirt offering into its portfolio of research as significant. Our financial services and corporate clients have increasingly asked for and are spending more for insights, custom surveys and other kinds of research emanating from the use of expert networks and other types of social media. Accordingly, Techdirt and other high quality alternative research firms that feature these capabilities and research outputs are an important part of Thomson Financial's product strategy."
We're announcing both of these at O'Reilly's brand new Money:Tech event in New York, which looks like it will be very exciting. If you happen to be at the event, please make sure you say hello! Otherwise, if you happen to need a quick and useful detailed analysis of any company, check out Smart Dossiers today. Finally, if you think you have what it takes to provide this kind of analysis to companies around the world, please apply today!


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    Iron Chef, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 7:36am

    Kudos to Mike!

    Great Job, Mike!

    I've seen your work and it's amazing. I know a few companies that would be interested in telecom, finance, manufacturing, and biotech. I'll pass your link around.

     

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    Wes, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 8:26am

    No free sample?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 8:52am

    Free?

    So you are charging? I think a better business model would to give it away for free. You will make tons of money.

     

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    Mike (profile), Feb 6th, 2008 @ 9:18am

    Re: Free?

    So you are charging? I think a better business model would to give it away for free. You will make tons of money.

    I sense your mocking us (or me in particular) due to my business model/economics stuff. However, this fits in exactly with the business model discussions we have. The goal of any business model should be to charge for what is *scarce*, not what's infinite. And one major scarcity is content that has not yet been created. Here's a case where the information is clearly scarce, so it makes sense to charge for its creation.

     

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    mobiGeek, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 9:26am

    Re: Re: Free?

    And one major scarcity is content that has not yet been created.

    Another scarcity is with *timely* access to such information once created. You certainly could charge for access to a temporarily gated version of the information.

    Your model would take into account that the value of the access decreases with the age of the information. And you needn't waste resources on DRM or whatnot; paying customers giving copies away would be de-valuing their own investment in that resource.

    An investor looking for keen insight isn't about to widely distribute key information until after they have had a chance to review and invest. It is that time-lag during which the resource is most valuable.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 9:26am

    Ahhh, but once its created, it is infinite, isn't it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 9:36am

    Re: Re: Free?

    Yes that is THEORY that socialist like isn't? Isn't information infinite? Just some thoughts that I had and read about the new economy.

     

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    mobiGeek, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 9:51am

    Re:

    Yes, but it is no longer "timely" after, well, time. So the fact that the information is made widely available after the costs of creation (plus expected/reasonable profit), the freedom (and freeness) of the information becomes a BENEFIT to the producer in that people who missed out on the timely access (i.e. initial, paying consumers) will desire to be first in line for the next batch.

    Of course, all of this assumes that the information being produced is (a) valuable enough for initial consumers to pay (i.e. they know what to do with the information) and (b) seen by others as initially valuable in the long run (i.e. they see that earlier initial consumers benefited from their early investment).

    If the product sucks, it isn't worth anything regardless of access/freedom/scarcity.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Feb 6th, 2008 @ 10:56am

    Why the Cowards

    We seem to go through this every single time with the anonymous cowards.
    Do you cowards (sorry, you leave no actual handle to call you by) actually read Mike's articles?

    Like Mike said, before the information and analysis exists, it is scarce (or non existent). So the company that so desires it pays for the contents creation. Sure, once it is created, it can be copied to the net if it wasn't already an electronic copy, which it most certainly was.
    BUT, it no longer belongs to Mike, Techdirt, or the creators. It belongs to those who paid to get the content created.
    What they do with the information after it is created is their business. If they want to give it away for free to everyone via the internet, Mike and the Techdirt IC would probably love that, as it would act as free advertising.
    However, it is not theres, so they will not give it away.

    Why do you cowards love to forget facts and then say "AH HA! Gotcha!" every time. Your argument never changes. And every single time we have to point out why you are still wrong.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Feb 6th, 2008 @ 10:58am

    Typo

    In my post above, I said "However, it is not theres, so they will not give it away." When I clearly meant to say "However, it is not their's, so they will not give it away."
    Simple typo, my bad.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 11:24am

    Killer, do you possess a sense of humor?

    On another note, do you work for TechDirt or Mike?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 11:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Free?

    It is unclear by what Mike meant by theory.


    It could be a hypothesis or something proven like the scientific theory of evolution or something in between.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Feb 6th, 2008 @ 12:16pm

    DRM Lockdown

    RE #3

    Anon. Coward, the scarcity is, as has been said, the fact that the content doesn't exist until a client pays to produce it. Custom content is available, for a fee, in .pdf format.

    Instead of asking Mike if Smart Dossiers will be free, why don't you ask Mike if he will be locking down those PDF documents with DRM, or watermarks? Why not ask if he will take legal action against his clients if he finds they have shared a PDF? Why not ask if he will be scouring the Internets looking for unauthorized copies? Or asking ISPs for the identities behind IP addresses of sharers? Or putting "honeypot" versions of his PDF on Gnutella, but with bad information in it to "burn" freeloaders? ...geez I could keep going on this list for a while.

    So, ask Mike if he's doing that, OR if he's built a marketplace for custom research from a stable of subject-matter experts, with the ability to create a real-time response to a custom research inquiry.

    In brief, your implied analogy sucks. A music industry analogy for this service would be if Mike had some top quality musicians and moviemakers on staff. Now, if a music fan wanted a custom bit of music produced to their needs, Mike could charge the client to produce the tune in short order.

    As for the fact that the PDFs aren't going to be locked down, and customers could share them: Talk about great free promotion: having dozens of Smart Dossier printouts scattered around desks on Wall Street!

    Lastly, you goof, you're are looking at the free part of the equation right now. Are you that gifted at ignoring the obvious?

    Mike's suggested model is: Give something (I'll spell it out for you: www.techdirt.com) for free, sell something that's scarce (custom research). At this point, it just seems like you have a learning disability. To be someone who actually reads the arguments, but understands so little. To think you actually believed you had a "Gotcha!"


    In #11, you or some other Anon Coward suggest that Killer lacks a sense of humor. Are you now trying to say #3 was a joke? Forgive us for not taking it as such, because a poster named Anon Coward (and others) have seriously argued your position for years now.

    I don't know about Killer, but as for me, I don't work for Mike, but I am a Techdirt blogger, and in the Insight Community. It does provide 0.8% of my income.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 12:28pm

    Derek, either get a sense of humor or lighten up. Either way, I don't care.

     

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    Jason Still, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 12:36pm

    Re:

    the classic "I've been proven exceedingly wrong, so I'll pretend it was a joke" maneuver, eh?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 1:36pm

    What proves my point is 8 paragraphs devoted to rebutting a 3 word post.

    Noooooooo sense of humor at all.

     

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    Derek Kerton (profile), Feb 6th, 2008 @ 1:44pm

    Sense of Humor

    Anon coward,

    I have a sense of humor. Look at my paragraph #2. If you didn't pick it up, I was using sarcasm to poke fun at you, while simultaneously illustrating how there are no analogous comparisons to be made. Look, I even wrote "Internets" to make fun of Ted Stevens!

    Maybe I should have put the words "poo" in there and aimed a little lower.

    And the last reason I know I have a sense of humor is because my mom says I'm quite witty.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 2:30pm

    If you have to point it out or explain it, it wasn't funny, no matter what your mom says, although that line isn't bad.

     

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    "Weird Al" Yankovic, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 3:49pm

    I hear an echo...

    Anonymous Coward? Is that you? What have you done with Angry Dude?

    I could have sworn that was Angry Dude...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2008 @ 4:00pm

    Re:

    If it was a joke, it is indistinguishable from the real one.

    After all, opponents in the past did make some really strange arguments which were very easy to debunk.

     

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    Dennis Howlett, Feb 7th, 2008 @ 6:22am

    A neat idea

    Well done Mike - disrupting the incumbent fat, happy and lazy Gartners of this world represents serious goodness IMO.

     

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    4-80-sicks, Feb 7th, 2008 @ 6:52am

    Re:

    If you have to point it out or explain it, it wasn't funny,

    Well, you had to point out that you were joking in the first place, didn't you? FUNNY!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2008 @ 8:43am

    You only have to point out the joke to those with no sense of humor, I one other hand have one, so thats different.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Feb 7th, 2008 @ 9:49am

    Silly Anonymous Cowards

    Yah, if that was an attempt at humor, it really would be hard to pick up on it for the exact reason Derek mentioned. Too many of you peoples come through here trying to convincingly argue with lines exactly like that.
    So sorry for taking you to be one of them.
    Try adding a little smiley emoticon to your post when trying to be funny. Helps prevent confusion.

    And no, I don't work for Mike, or TechDirt, or even the TechDirt Insight Community.
    I just come to this site to get the tech dirt. And after reading the arguments of many people who made statements such as yours (they weren't joking though) and reading all my Mike's and other posters rebuttals and analogies, I have found I tend to side with Mike's and similar people's opinions.
    I can't honestly say I enjoyed Econ classes, but I love technology, and the economics they mention here really do sound like they would work perfectly for the markets and scenarios he targets them at.
    Watching the back and forth for a year I can say I am pretty solidly set with my current opinions on these topics.

    Just gets old seeing peolpe try to argue otherwise with insanely week arguments.

     

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    CoreyO, Feb 7th, 2008 @ 11:29am

    available now?

    Is the Techdirt Insight Community information available now through Thomson One?

     

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