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[23 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 3,417 views]
Wandering Down Innovation Alley at ad:tech

As a startup guy myself and someone who likes to cover startups, I was delighted to find the Innovation Alley at ad:tech San Francisco. It’s no surprise that the exhibit hall and conference sessions are dominated by big brands like Yahoo! (YHOO) and Google (GOOG). They have the resources to buy exposure. But startups struggle for attention everyday. Most don’t deserve any attention but even the ones with innovative new technology and solutions don’t get the buzz they deserve.
So the folks at ad:tech is helping to solve this rather …

Business, Entrepreneurship, Headline, Marketing, Startups, Technology »

[12 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 7,393 views]
What’s New?

We are all early adopters now. Everyone is looking for the new new thing. When someone finds the latest new new thing, technology helps everyone else find out about it and we get to decide if we want to follow along. When done right this process moves lightning fast and blockbuster products surface almost instantaneously. New products cross the chasm faster than they’ve ever crossed before. For remarkable products, the chasm has shrunk.
Despite all this progress, there remains a lack of both art and science in the field of new …

Entertainment, Randomness, Technology, Video »

[26 Nov 2008 | 5 Comments | 1,859 views]

Not again. I was hoping to be able to buy Beatles tracks on iTunes by Christmas but it appears that suits are getting in the way of love, peace, and harmony. What’s the deal? Steve Jobs loves the Beatles, taking every opportunity to play their music at Apple (AAPL) events. The Beatles, or what’s left of them, want their music sold on iTunes. Music fans armed with iPods want desperately to spend their money on Beatles music. What’s the deal? Can someone please tell the suits at EMI today that …

Entrepreneurship, Features, Hedge Funds, Investing, Latticework, Randomness, Startups, Technology »

[1 Nov 2008 | 8 Comments | 4,918 views]
Thriving in Tough Times

I don’t get things right as much as I’d like when it comes to the market but my Latticework Linkfest back in late February was spot on:
In times of recession, when unemployment is high, the unemployed go back to school to add marketable skills and increase future earnings power. The leading companies in for-profit education include Strayer Education (STRA), DeVry (DV), ITT Educational Services (ESI), Career Education Corporation (CECO), Capella Education (CPLA), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), and industry giant Apollo Group (APOL). Apollo operates the ubiquitous University of Phoenix campuses. This …

Entertainment, Randomness, Startups, Technology »

[26 Oct 2008 | 6 Comments | 1,220 views]
Twitter a Tool for Terrorists?

The U.S. Army recently mentioned in a report that Twitter, the popular microblogging service, could be used as a tool for terrorists. For example, the report explained how Twitter could potentially be used to detonate explosives and coordinate attacks. The analysts in the intelligence operations are thinking very creatively! Why do they publish these things? It isn’t likely that the Twitter community could recognize or decipher a terrorist conversation.  But now the military just gave the bad guys a new idea if they haven’t already thought of it, or at …

Business, Investing, Leadership, Technology, Trading »

[9 Oct 2008 | 13 Comments | 3,319 views]
When CEOs Become the Soul of a Company

Have you ever wondered what could happen to the stock price of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) when its amazing CEO, Warren Buffett, is no longer able to captain the ship or passes away? This topic has swirled atop investors’ minds for at least a few years now and consistently keeps getting addressed by the Oracle of Omaha himself during Berkshire’s annual shareholder meetings. Last year, I sent my wife Cynthia to the shareholders’ meeting and she reported that the continuity or succession topic was one of the most widely talked about.
Let’s …

Innovation, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital, Video »

[28 Sep 2008 | 8 Comments | 1,104 views]

The Web is changing. The current Web is designed to allow computers to retrieve and deliver documents from other computers for the end user to view, read, and interpret. As anyone who has used Google’s (GOOG), Yahoo’s (YHOO) and Microsoft’s (MSFT) search engines can attest, sometimes the retrieval of desired documents and information is accurate and sometimes it is way off base. The Semantic Web, others prefer to call it Web 3.0, has the potential to change the game completely. In the Semantic Web, computers have …

Design, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, Technology, Venture Capital »

[20 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,456 views]
The State of Intellectual Property

A while ago, I wrote about patent trolls and wondered about the viability of intellectual property, in the form of patents, as a liquid, tradeable, securitized asset class. I also mentioned Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures as one outfit that could drive patents toward an elevated asset class status. In a recent TechCrunch post about Myhrvold, it appears he’s gone a long way in pushing patents to become more liquid and tradeable. In summary, Intellectual Ventures has systematically acquired a patent portfolio of over 20,000 patents. In the eight years since …

Business, Design, Entrepreneurship, Features, Innovation, Startups, Strategy, Technology, Venture Capital »

[4 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | 15,316 views]
The Case for Interruption and Disruption

A few months ago I came across a piece by Jeff Nolan, titled Incrementalism and “The New New Thing,” which struck poignantly at a raw nerve. He called attention to the incrementalism gripping Silicon Valley despite the flush amount of capital available for startups. Much of the attention and hype has surrounded social networking and Web 2.0 startups but each new entry is a slight improvement over the previous. But only discontinuous, quantum leap innovations create disproportionate value. So what’s next?
Umair Haque’s An Open Challenge to Silicon Valley put it …

Entrepreneurship, Features, Investing, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital »

[8 Aug 2008 | One Comment | 5,143 views]
Irrational Exuberance 2.0

Facebook insiders have been selling their stock. Top level insiders such as directors from venture funds invested in Facebook, key executives and even Mark Zuckerberg himself have been quietly trying to unload some shares in private sales. These private transactions are not uncommon as startup entrepreneurs and their backers are often in search of some liquidity. What makes these particular transactions interesting are the implied values being negotiated.
When Microsoft (MSFT) bought a small stake in the wildly popular social network, the price paid implied an overall value of $15 billion. …