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Staying Plugged In To Tech News

If you’ve been in the IT Industry long, you know about the worst kind of meeting.  The one where you sit down and your boss or one of your key clients says, “Tell me more about <Name of Tech Company That Is Key To Your Company> doing <Game Changing Move…

BYOP

Be Your Own Programmer Bring Your Own Device has largely come and gone as a phenomenon.  What’s the next one?  It just might be “Be Your Own Programmer.” What happened with BYOD? I remember signing up to be one of the first people in my group to have a blackberry.  It was 2005…

Investing in the Cloud

The cloud is growing.  Over the next 15 years enterprises will spend billions of dollars finding ways to leverage commodity compute (IaaS/PaaS), flexible platforms that support very specific demand (PaaS), and software that automates non-differentiating practices (SaaS).  Almost everyone in IT knows this, the question is, “How do I make…

Monday Morning Musing: The End of Men

Last month there was an article in The Atlantic that dealt with the increasing education gap between women and men (yes, those are in the right order) and what effect it might have on the world going forward. The interesting part to me was the implication that mens’ advantage in…

A Thought on My 29th Birthday

This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease. – Robert F. Kennedy Last year I…

Vivisimo Shows You Don’t Have to Sell Fast

Thanks to the Instagram sale there’s another frenzy of articles and people who want to talk about how VC/Seed funded startups “work”.  They want to tell you that startups come up with a good idea, prototype, get funded, create massive growth, and then sell… just like that.  This worked for…

Live TV Fights Back

Live television is more profitable then recorded or “On Demand” television.  People have no choice but to sit through the ads, and that means the advertisers pay more money if people watch your show live.  The problem is, people have lives (and they don’t like ads).  I’ve argued before that…

2 Ways to Spend 1 Billion Dollars

$2 Billion changed hands yesterday in the form of the two biggest news items of the day: Facebook spent $1 Billion on Instagram.  They acquired an innovative, competitive (if tangentially) product to make their company better. Microsoft spent $1 Billion buying patents from AOL.  The rumor is that they may have…

The JOBS Act’s Most Important Provision

The Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) act has been getting a lot of press for allowing “crowd funding.”  For the most part, when you think “crowd” you think of something like the company Kickstarter that I talked about last week, and it is… sort of.  Kickstarter may be the closest thing…

Democratizing Spelling

One of the cool things about big data is that it lets you see every trend, whether you expect it or not.  I remember the old hunch reports that would show interesting anomalies, like the fact that dog owners are 16% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.  These…