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What’s in a name?

By Danny Sullivan

Just a quick addition to my comments from yesterday about the host of Asian companies at ECOC this year.

I’m firmly of the belief that the names of companies and products have little bearing on their ultimate success or failure, but it’s still interesting to observe some of the curious names selected by companies that are intending to crack Western markets.

Liverage Technology, Gloriole Electroptic Technology and Shenzehn Opticking Tech were a few of the signs that caught my eye.

Reality sets in at ECOC

By Danny Sullivan

So my first impressions from ECOC yesterday were slightly tempered after spending today walking the floor and talking to the exhibitors.

The “sold out” line I used yesterday was addressed by more than a few people I spoke to, and has apparently been a bit contrived by limiting the space available to exhibitors. And when I said it seemed “busy,” several exhibitors told me they felt that booth traffic has been pretty quiet so far.

Nonetheless, the quality of traffic was something that was universally praised. Lots of good meetings seem to have been held, and some encouraging prospects had emerged for a lot of the U.K. and Canadian companies I spoke to.

An industry insider told me it was encouraging to see some spending in the telecoms sector again, especially in Europe where a number of build-outs are planned. The access market was pinpointed as the area with the best prospects in the current climate.

As a veteran of the Scottish optoelectronics sector told me, “The market is recovering, but slowly.” And long may it continue.

If you don’t put your name in the draw, you can’t win the prize

By Jill Pyle

The title of this post is a simple fact, one I heard a lot growing up. On regular basis, my mother wins everything from concert tickets to movie memorabilia to hotel accommodations and more. Some might call her lucky but I know better. She’s merely an optimist with a decent strategy. Unlike most people, she doesn’t waste time thinking about grim statistics like a one-in-a-million chance of winning. She’s always been quick to remind me that people who go through life thinking they can’t win, don’t win.

I’m sure more than a few of the TechCrunch40 finalists would agree. Without a doubt, many of them probably thought it would be nearly impossible to impress the likes of Jason Calacanis, Michael Arrington and all the well-known venture capitalists and journalists planning to attend the big event. Regardless, they submitted their new product ideas and prepared themselves for the rigorous approvals process.

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