Month: December 2011

Too Big to Fail and IT

People have their lives, their IP on IT systems like Google Docs or iTunes or Facebook, and many businesses rely on the software and support of companies like Microsoft.  Imagine what would happen to the American economy if Google or Microsoft failed.  Imagine if Facebook shut its doors and you…

2012 Crystal Ball: A Year of Clarity in the TV Industry

When you think of the evolution of television you need to think of it in two parts.  First, there is a need for televisions to evolve from a communications and software perspective.  Essentially, your television, like all the other screens in your life from your cell phone to your tablet…

For Each Success There’s a Next One

Chris Dixon wrote a fantastic blog post a few weeks ago about the current success of companies like Etsy and eBay that are marketplaces where individuals can offer their goods.  He points out that these have been tried over and over again for years, and only recently become successful.  He…

New Toys Part 1: A Review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Thursday of last week I went to the toy store (Verizon Store) and picked up two new toys.  A Motorola Xyboard and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, my intention is to review both of them this week.  First up is the phone. What I really wanted was a Droid 4, but…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Savoring Holiday Sauerkraut

I have linked to a lot of great stories on Sauerkraut during this weekly Sunday feature.  What I haven’t done until today is given you a story that you can listen to.  Today though, I’m linking to NPR’s Julie Rose’s story of how her family Cherishes Holiday Sauerkraut and the…

Merry Christmas

I am taking a couple days to enjoy the family and think not about cloud, financing, or even technology.  Catch me again on Monday.

Book Review: Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Michael Lewis learned something when he wrote his previous book, “The Big Short”.  In that book he chronicled the story of a few people who were able to make millions by shorting the housing market just before it crashed.  As he puts it, he suspected they were on to something…

Learning From Other Startups – Atlassian’s Core Values

Atlassian is one of the most famous startups in the world.  They have received a crazy amount of press for ideas like “Fed Ex Projects” where they divide in to teams and must deliver a prototype by 10am the next morning.  Their purpose which they don’t mind bragging about is,…

Breadth, Focus, and the Need to Practice Thinking

I had a great conversation a few evenings back with a new friend.  She had read many of the same books I used to read when you saw Book Reviews popping up on this blog on a very regular basis.  I still read those books, but MUCH MUCH slower than…

VMWare as the Amazon of PaaS

Note:  This is an extremely geeky post… if you have no interest in Enterprise Infrastructure it will not only bore you, it probably won’t make much sense. I noticed this week that VMWare expanded their Cloud Foundary offering to include support for .NET.  I had three seperate thoughts about this…