Month: April 2011

Laws of IT’s Future: Apps, SOA and HTML 5 and the Tiny Trend

People are often asking me what I think is going to happen next in IT… do I think cloud is going to take off?  at what level? do I think HTML 5 will be a big deal?  How long will Apple be a leader?  What will they do next?  And…

The Right Moment

A few weeks ago I got to have a couple drinks with a guy I really respect, a seriously successful entrepreneur and VC.  We talked about a range of topics but one stuck out to me, “Jonathan, if you’re going to start a company you have to have the right…

Taking the Day Off

I’m taking a half day from the J – O – B today which means I have to cram 8+ hours worth of work in the time from 5am – Noon.  So instead I give you the hilarious trailer for the new Monopoly movie, appropriately produced by Half Day Today…

ET Phone Customers

SETI today suspended their search for extraterrestrial life.  They will no longer point satellite dishes toward space and try to catch glimpses of radio transmissions.  Finally.  I have been arguing in smaller circles for a long time that this is an absolutely ridiculous use of time and technology.  The key…

Facebook vs. GroupOn is On

I am on the record as saying GroupOn should have sold to Google and then shouldn’t have raised $950B.  Starting today, the biggest battle that GroupOn faces will start to prove me either right or wrong.  Facebook has launched “Facebook Deals” in 5 test cities. It’s not quite as threatening…

Apple Stock and the Laws of Probability

Lately, I have seen a lot of discussion about tech stocks that makes me want to pull out my old Discrete Mathematics text book.  I’m pretty sure if I pulled it out I could find a section on the isolation of individual events.  It’d read something like this, “If you…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Salsa Edition

I’m sitting at my Mother’s waiting for her to come back from church so that we can do easter lunch/dinner and we have chips but no salsa. That made me wonder, is there such a thing as Sauerkraut Salsa? Google says, YEP and we even have a video on how…

Howard Lindzon on Startup Ecosystems

I’m a fan of Howard Lindzon, his blog is usually good for both a laugh and a think in the morning.  The problem is that he’s often focused on market movements (Howard’s startup is StockTwits and his background is as a banker), so you don’t always get a chance to…

A Danger of Clouds is Storms

Yesterday Amazon’s cloud infrastructure failed.  If you use the internet much you probably noticed at least one or two down sites.  This raises an interesting question about the potential dangers of cloud computing at the enterprise level: If an oligopoly forms where there are 10-20 large cloud providers in the…

Is Office 365 Microsoft’s Best Move Since Office?

Microsoft went live with their Office 365 solution a couple days ago.  Yes, its only in beta.  Yes, it only has email, Sharepoint and IM.  Yes, it’s 3+ years after Google Docs started eating away at their market share in this space. But it IS something and it DOES come…