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Digital Strategies…a Practitioner’s Perspective

A few years back something curious happened with the advent of the internet. Thanks to the business press, ordinary, even pedestrian businesses suddenly became glamorous technology companies. Even today, sites that do little more than sell shoes are talked about as the next big technology IPO and their CEO’s are extolled as visionary because they […]

Big Data: Sis, Boom, Bah!

Time for More Predictions… Well, it’s that time of year again, Q4’s are closing, burn rates are burning, time for more predictions. One of the biggest trends in 2015 was collectively referred to as Big Data, Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics. The analysts love this space and some have called it the biggest thing since […]

Ad Blockers: Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Ad blockers, content and consumers. Oh, My! Well, here’s something that you don’t see everyday. Marco Armet, a coder, blogger, Tumblr co-founder and inventor of an enormously popular app called Peace just had a change of heart and withdrew his ad blocker from the Apple App store just when it was poised to realize enormous […]

Something Weird This Way Comes…

Lies, damn lies and accounting… Years ago there was an old joke about a CEO who needed to hire a new CFO. The interview consisted of a single question. Having narrowed the candidate pool down to three individuals the CEO decided to conduct the final interviews in person. So he asked the first candidate, a […]

Social Subsidization and Diminishing Returns …

Google’s recent admission that Youtube hasn’t turned a profit must have put a whole bunch of VC’s, and their vaunted valuations, on full pucker. The generally accepted premise behind most social media business models is a rudimentary production function. The simple idea that users generate content that drives activity that drives traffic that in turn […]

Larry, you evil genius…

A master redefines cloud computing without even trying… I’m not Larry Ellison’s biggest fan but I admit he has more of a Midas touch than most in the technology industry. His acquisitions are usually behind the curve, often buying customers rather than technology, and his innovations are much the same gaining as many patents through […]

The Invisible Hand . . . . .

Ronald Coase has taken his leave, leaving behind several intriguing propositions that still twist in the crucible of the Internet…. Years ago with the advent of the World Wide Web all sorts of experts proclaimed that we stood on the threshold of a new economy, see The New Economy Primer, before us was a world whose […]

Big Bets and Long Tails…

The future belongs to the brave, the bold and those few who can still do simple math. So today’s WSJ along with every other business media outlet reported that Yahoo! bought Tumblr for $1.1B in an all cash deal. According to the Journal: “New York-based Tumblr, founded in 2007, has 175 employees, more than 108 […]

Openstack: Here we go again….

OpenStack….monetizing enterprise computing won’t get easier but maybe other things will. Several years ago I was having a cup of coffee with a business development exec from Jamcracker, back then an early instance of a rentable hosting environment. The proposition on the table was the incorporation of an open source operating system where the revenue […]

Prophets on the SILK road…

When prophecies finally come to pass, what comes next?….. Back in the late ‘90’s and early 2000 Tim Berners-Lee and a group of folks at the W3C captured the world’s attention with predictions that web content would go from purely unstructured data to useful content based on query-able conceptual structures…the Semantic Web.  Soon after, a […]

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