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Rich Tehrani Speaks at The Broadband Expo in Dallas Tomorrow

October 31, 2010

Stop the Spending Before it is Too Late

October 29, 2010

There is a simple fact that every American knows but many are scared to confront - our government is spending us into near-bankruptcy. Every dollar which we have to borrow to spend adds to the problem.

Other countries who have done the exact same thing have seen hyperinflation where the value of the money decreases so fast you have to rush to the store to spend your paycheck because if you don't, it will buy half as much or less a few days later.

One example of hyperinflation due to the government printing too much money was in the Weimar Republic less than a hundred years ago where as Wikipedia points out the money was so worthless, it was used as wallpaper!

This situation led to the Nazi takeover of Germany which launched a new currency called the Reichsmark where one of these new notes was issued in exchange for 1 billion of the Weimar Marks. When this happened, prices were reduced by 12 zeros!

There is an incredible ad which details how countries like China are taking over the US by becoming the country which loans us money which we in-turn waste. This is the same money spent on various stimulus plans that have created far less jobs than projected if any net jobs at all.



To keep the ad above running on TV where I just saw it, be sure to immediately contribute to Citizens Against Government Waste.

The election next week is a choice between continuing to borrow money and spend it on wasteful projects and raising taxes on all of us to pay for it all - or a return to a smaller government which allows its citizens to prosper by implementing common sense regulation and a more stable and steady business environment.

Having said that - the Republicans and Tea Party are expected to win many seats.















Happy Halloween 2010 from TMC

October 29, 2010

Use 3G on Mount Everest

October 29, 2010

In the past year we have had one TMC team member take a hike up Mount Everest – and if you know me – you know I asked – do they have 3G there? Well, it turns out they did have satellite powered WiFi at base camp. Thankfully for the people of Nepal and the thousands of tourists – the situation has improved.

Did the FTC Let Google Off Easy?

October 28, 2010

You have likely heard Google was investigated by the FTC for privacy breaches regarding its Street View data gathering practices which collected passwords and emails in some cases. TMC’s Erin Harrison covered this news explaining the FTC dropped the case because it was satisfied with Google’s decision to improve its privacy controls but many privacy groups are not happy with this outcome. Sidney Hill from E-Commerce Times reports that the Electronic Privacy Information Center for example is still unhappy because the FTC didn’t determine if laws were broken.

Interestingly there are inferences in the latter article about Google’s close ties to the Obama administration and whether this may have helped the search giant out in this particular case.

Alcatel-Lucent: Mobile Data to be Sold at a Loss

October 27, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent has a dire warning for wireless carriers and investors… You just aren’t going to make money from wireless broadband. The timing couldn’t be better <sarcasm> to get the news as global carriers are pouring billions into their 4G networks.

What leads the company to this conclusion? The challenge is operators are starting to tier their pricing which means users can get on broadband networks less expensively – moreover, voice revenue is paying much of the carrier bill and as it declines in lockstep with the cost of data plans – carriers could be losing money for years to come.

Time to Alert Your Workers About Tax Increases

October 27, 2010

A few recent articles reminded me it makes sense to warn our TMC team members about the pending tax increases which will take place next year. It is unclear if the Bush tax cuts will expire at this point but I believe it makes sense to prepare everybody for the worst. You may want to adapt this letter I sent to the TMC team for your company.

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Team, readers of my blog know I have pointed out how many business leaders have complained about massive regulatory uncertainly is keeping the economy from healing.

Part of the problem is tax uncertainty – it seems we are scheduled for perhaps the largest tax increase (details) in our lifetimes.





ListAndPlay: Music Videos Done Right

October 27, 2010

A while back I outlined my idea of dream TV and talked about how the merger of music selection algorithms and video clips could bring us television which is customized by content genres as opposed to today’s system of having to watch a channel at a time. Let’s say you are an avid Yankees fan – every clip mentioning the Yankees will eventually be queued up for you to watch. The stream could include clips from the Home Shopping Network, local news, ESPN, etc.

Thrane & Thrane Update

October 27, 2010

I recently had a chance to sit with Ron Lockerby of Thrane & Thrane to learn about what was new with the company’s satellite product line which serves a diverse set of markets such as maritime, aeronautical and land mobile. With a total of 600 people in the company and 60% of those being engineers you can expect engineering to be a strong-suit of the organization.

Thrane & Thrane’s maritime products consist of the SAILOR line which is OEMed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine unit and the product line consists of VHF, MF/HF, Inmarsat C terminals, complete GMDSS systems including LRIT and SSAS solutions, and a full range of maritime satcom products including Iridium, Mini-M, Fleet, FleetBroadBand, VSAT and satellite TV.

Lockerby spent some time focusing on the company’s Explorer 325 which is a compact voice and broadband solution for vehicles.

Sonos Wireless Dock Review

October 26, 2010

A while back I reviewed the Sonos wireless home stereo system and was quite impressed. The product is great and in many ways shows how any company can design products which are full of functionality but minimalistic in design. In short, the system allows you to instantly stream music virtually all kinds of music – streaming radio, MP3s, etc to components throughout your home without wires or headaches.

My two areas of improvement for Sonos in my last review were to allow the ability to play web-based audio such as YouTube and to allow Slacker radio to play on the system.

Astricon 2010 Kicks off to Standing Room Only Crowd

October 26, 2010

Harmonic Update

October 26, 2010

I recently had a chance to chat with Ian Jefferson, VP Sales & Biz Dev at Harmonic to learn more about his company which provides video solutions to a variety of spaces from telco to satellite. Recently the company purchased Omneon, a leader in providing broadcast and on-demand video solutions. Patrick Harshman, President and CEO of Harmonic explained that the acquisition was designed to help deepen company relationships with global media companies, enabling them to create, package and deliver next-gen video-centric media services.

Jefferson told me he sees more and more file-based video content and the files need to be transcoded to 20 or more different formats to deal with a slew of new devices and quality types.

Optibase Update

October 26, 2010

Recently I had a chance to sit down with Optibase VP of Sales, Mike Chorpash to talk about his company which focuses on advanced video solutions. There isn’t much new to report – you may recall TMC reported the company has been sold to VITEC Multimedia along with the Focus Enhancements’ Group. Chorpash enthusiastically discussed the company’s “superblade” – the MGES 6000 a converged encoding module providing 4 HD and SD H.264 channels per blade. Each system can handle 13 blades for a total of 52 streams or 104 at two different bit rates.

Anana Enables Social Networking Dial-Tone

October 25, 2010

It was only a matter of time – social networking has permeated so many aspects of our lives that almost one-in-five divorces cite Facebook as part of the reason for the split! Moreover, in some countries a single text message is legal grounds for divorce. But wait, how did I get on this tangent? This was supposed to be a happy story about how social networking has integrated with telephone service like never before, enabling carriers to generate revenue by tapping into one of the most popular phenomenons on the planet.

Astricon: All Things Asterisk

October 25, 2010

What if Someone is Trying to Steal This Data?

October 25, 2010

BroadSoft BroadCloud a Smart Move

October 25, 2010

Moving from equipment to the cloud is very smart move and something I noticed many vendors at the recent ITEXPO in Los Angeles were focused on doing. Just as VARs and channel partner/MSPs have shifted from once selling hardware to services for the recurring revenue and to offset shrinking margins, I expect many hardware providers to follow suit.

As the trend continues expect prices for services to drop in response to greater supply in the market. Why?

At Jury Duty Today

October 25, 2010

I've been here in the basement of the courthouse for almost two hours just waiting to see if I will eventually be selected as a juror. After a few hours here, we go upstairs to meet the attorneys and judge. About half the people in the room are being productive - reading, on email or working while the rest of the room is glued to Rachel Ray - which I have never seen before. Today's show focused on who will be the newest pop star and now is showing us how to cook a meal of some sort.

The Most Important Elections of our Lives

October 24, 2010

For my US readers, next week’s election may be the most important of our lifetimes and if you have noticed my writings have become more political these past few years it is only because politics has become a far greater part of my discussions with companies in the tech space than at any time in the past three decades.

Most people I interview are very concerned that government politics and rhetoric have taken us in the exact wrong direction. My discussions with friends and acquaintances also paint a picture of people not buying houses or adding on to their homes while the Obama, Pelosi, Reid combo are in office.

Often we hear the complaints about this trio regarding wealth redistribution and being hostile to business – but there is a far larger problem with the Democrats in power today… They think they know how to build an economy better than the business owners who have kept the US a leading economic power for a good portion of the past few centuries.

Facebook Sues Faceporn

October 22, 2010

TV End Game has Google Written All Over It

October 22, 2010

After a whirlwind tour of SATCON and Content & Communications World which took place last week, 4G World and Interop which took place this week and over a hundred meetings, I find myself ruminating over numerous discussions about where things are headed – in terms of content, technology, entertainment and apps.

There are macro trends which are intersecting and diverging and as much as I would like to say I have 100% clarity about it all, I don’t – but I do believe I have enough observations to share in order to get investors and innovators thinking about what the future will look like.

Over the last 30 years the rise of cable and then satellite radio shows consumers will pay money for content and in many cases for the ability to reduce the amount of commercials they consume.

But this idea is under attack from yet another trend emerging over the last few years.

Hope To Start Blogging Again Tomorrow

October 21, 2010

Some Great iPad App Ideas and Progress

October 19, 2010

Peter Radizeski shot over this post from Seth Godin which discusses iPad apps we need - badly and what has happened since his post.

One app he mentioned would integrate iPads in a meeting allowing users to be in constant sync - so a leader could for example send messages and a presentation to other iPads in the room. Most importantly is the red boring button users in the room could anonymously press so the leader can get a sense for when it is time to either fire the person talking or at least put the ball and chain back on their leg so they can't leave their cube.

For more you can read the post - two apps have been released which are in the same general area of apps Seth has requested.





At 4G World 2010 in Chicago

October 19, 2010

Facebook, Microsoft Kinect and Yahoo News of Note

October 18, 2010

Here are some stories worth reading on TMCnet today:

Jaclyn Allard explains Microsoft has a $500M ad budget for Xbox Kinect and in my opinion this is one of the best new products I have seen in many years and creates a new paradigm (yes, I used the P word, what's wrong with that? ) in human interaction with a computer and it has the potential to be more important that gestures used on smartphones today. Cameras aimed at users translate movements of hands and body into computer input - no wireless controller needed. Very cool.

Ashok Bindra reports that Gartner believes information will be the oil of the 21st century - a resource running the economy.



TMC Robotics News Becomes Robotics Wire

October 18, 2010

TMC's robotics coverage has just evolved with a new look and name. We've been covering the space for many years but now this coverage area has become Robotics Wire and can be found at roboticswire.com.

 

Robotics technology is evolving and while not quite mainstream (except perhaps for vacuum cleaners) the technology is making a difference for the disabled, military and many industrial and manufacturing applications. Check out some of the latest news from the site and we hope you like the site enough to bookmark and follow its RSS, Twitter feed or Facebook page:

 




At LaGuardia Airport Wondering Why Power Outlets Don't Work

October 18, 2010

Fox Pulls Business and More from Cablevision

October 18, 2010

Facebook Privacy in Sad Shape

October 17, 2010

Fujitsu IP-900 Increases Broadcast Efficiency

October 17, 2010

“Twenty years ago the idea that a cable company would be buying NBC was shocking,” was a salient quote during an interview with Fujitsu VP Keith Dunford and Erin Sun the Senior Marketing Manager at the Content and Communications World event in NYC collocated with SATCON 2010. A theme of our discussion was the competition forming between broadcasters, cable companies and telcos. Dunford made the initial quote above and continued to explain how content creators are driving the industry more due to the advent of broadband and the Internet.

Similar to how IP is dramatically altering the telephony space, it is causing incredible changes in the market for content creation and distribution.

Broadvox Buys Cypress - Advice to Acquirers

October 17, 2010

TMC blogger, Peter Radizeski may have set two records in breaking news of two acquisitions in one day. If that isn't a record, certainly the fact that both acquiring companies start with the same five letters has to make it into the Guinness Book.

First there was Broadsoft acquiring Casabi which I commented on last week. Next there was Broadvox acquiring Cypress Communications which Peter broke here and follwed up on here. TMC's Paula Bernier added her opinions to the mix and further reminds us of a slew of other acquisitions taking place in the market.

My thoughts on the matter are fairly simple and straightforward.



3D to Be Displaced by Holographic?

October 17, 2010

While 3D technologies are all the rage at the moment, the next display technology worth watching (pun intended  ) has got to be those of the holographic variety where a 360 degree viewing angle takes 3D to the next level.

I am sure it will be years before this technology is commercialized and it is unclear how it may look in an office or home setting. So if you are concerned about whether you should still buy that 3D TV - I'd say yes... By the time you are looking to replace it 5-10 years from now, holographic displays may become mainstream.

I just hope you won't need any special glasses to see holograms properly.

Take a look at the video below from GITEX for how it looks and be sure to read this post from Taimoor Hafeez for a bit more.









Interop New York 2010 Set Up

October 16, 2010

Chamber of Commerce Vs. Obama

October 15, 2010

For a President with such a calm and cool demeanor, it may seem surprising that a book titled The Roots of Obama's Rage is number four on the New York Times best Seller list.

The book focuses on how Barrack Obama was imprinted with strong anticolonialist feelings as a result in-part of his grandfather being tortured by British soldiers in Kenya.

While this post is not meant as a book review - many business leaders I speak with hear the President's policies and especially his speeches and feel he is against business people. At least seven out of ten managers feel this way in the discussions I have had recently.

Broadsoft Acquires Casabi

October 14, 2010

TMC's Juliana Kenny wrote a piece yesterday titled Broadsoft Acquires Casabi, Rumor or No? which points to a piece written by TMCnet blogger Peter Radizeski breaking the story on Broadsoft acquiring Casabi.

The company just confirmed the deal and had this to say:

Today BroadSoft signed a definitive agreement to acquire Casabi, a provider of cloud-based content and messaging applications for the consumer market, for approximately $1.95 million. Casabi’s hosted application enables family members to stay organized through SMS and by sending group text messages to any phone number (fixed-line or mobile), access voicemail, make real-time updates to a family calendar and share a network address book.

 Key aspects of the acquisition:

·      Comcast works with Casabi to develop and deliver consumer-friendly communications services to Xfinity customers, and this acquisition will build upon those customer efforts.





More US Problems and a Few Solutions

October 14, 2010

I have said many times the reason the US is in as bad a situation as it is today has to do with the fact that the Internet has accelerated the transfer of manufacturing jobs to China and service jobs to India.

Instead of spending our time blaming Wall Street and people making $250,001 for our current problems we need to understand that the real estate bubble of the last decade was encouraged by virtually everyone in our government as well as the Federal Reserve because it masked the larger problem of jobs being outsourced. After all, it is tough to outsource home and office construction jobs.

To put my past thoughts in perspective there is an article I came across which sums up the massive changes which have taken place in the US over the years.

Here are some salient points:

  • The number of people in the manufacturing sector today is about the same as 1941!
  • We invented the TV and none are made here
  • Computer manufacturing employment levels are lower than in 1975!
  • The US spends almost $4 for Chinese goods for every $1 China spends on US goods
  • US 15-year-olds do not rank in the top half in math and science in developed nations
  • We have the third-worst poverty rate among developed nations
  • In the last 100 years or so the US dollar has lost about 95% of its purchasing power
The solutions to our challenges have to do with acknowledging the above and more importantly electing leaders who understand the problems we face have to do with education, focus and competition.

Moreover, we have so many government leaders who have never hired a single person, run a company or done anything which would give them experience enabling them to understand how to create an atmosphere where entrepreneurs can thrive.

New small businesses which we desperately need, require far less regulation so they can compete with China and India. In addition they need much less government overhead and far lower taxes. Very few in government today understand any of this or if they do they never seem to mention it.











Off to Day Two of SATCON 2010

October 14, 2010

Yesterday was a busy day at SATCON 2010 in New York with many meetings and today will be a bit lighter on the meeting front which means I get to spend some time in the exhibit hall. There is a collocated content and communications event as well and without a doubt, HD and 3D are helping the satellite business thrive.

In addition, the need for broadband in remote areas is driving growth.

Afghanistan is another growth area partially because the Taliban keeps cutting wires and blowing up towers.

Of course there is also the military and unmanned vehicles are becoming a major source of satellite traffic. As this market continues to grow - and I expect it to, the demands on satellites will only grow which in turn will cause the whole industry to prosper.

Mergers have been a huge part of my meetings as well and keeping track of who is purchasing who and why can keep a small team busy on a full-time basis. The bottom line is many companies in the space are throwing off cash and have diverse revenue streams - military, oil & gas, maritime, aeronautical and broadcast/media.







Do Not Connect to Free Public WiFi

October 12, 2010

Last week at ITEXPO in Los Angeles there was the standard Free Public WiFi option which you see virtually anywhere there are other wireless devices. I know not to click on this network now but I am sure I was fooled by it some time ago.

Basically the network is created by a "virus" and is being propagated by Windows XP machines. It does not appear to be malicious but clicking on it will not get you on the Internet so don't bother and save yourself time, energy and aggravation.

Here are the details - someone asked me about this network at the show and I told them not to click on it. I couldn't recall why - so I hope the person is a reader and this answers their question.



Interactive Intelligence Announces Positive Preliminary Earnings

October 12, 2010

There are a few things I wish for regarding earnings in the tech space.

  • I wish I had time to give my thoughts on every announcement
  • I wish they were all as good as what Interactive Intelligence just accomplished
In short the company just released preliminary third-quarter numbers and said they had nine orders over $1 million with two of them being larger than $2M. I am not sure how this compares with past quarters but regardless, these are significant customer sizes in an era of price compression.

The company says its cloud offering is doing well and you may recall company CMO Joe Staples spent some time recently (video) in the TMC Newsroom giving me details of the launch.

ININ expects total revenue to be between $41-$42 million with GAAP net income between $3.3-$3.9M. Last year the number was $2.8M meaning an increase of at least 17% over last year's sales.

According to founder and CEO Dr. Don Brown, the size of the deals gives the company increased operating leverage and revenue growth.

ININ CMO Joe Staples addresses a standing-room-only crowd last week at the first ever TMC Social CRM Expo




Here are additional details regarding the company's earnings:

Interactive Intelligence plans to issue a press release announcing its final 2010 third-quarter results Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. Eastern daylight time.


















10 Reasons Why Cisco Umi Telepresence Will Fail

October 7, 2010



The details of Cisco's umi telepresence solution are available according to TMCnet articles by Beecher Tuttle and and Professor Mary Cronin and as I fly cross country the sinus pressure in my head caused by a prolonged cold is exacerbated by thoughts on why Cisco is making a mistake with its new umi home telepresence solution.

Of course whenever new technologies come out no one knows for sure what will happen but these are the reasons I believe this solution will fail.





1) Skype. Elaboration would be talking (writing) down to you.
2) Cisco's solution at $599 for the equipment and $24.99 per month is insane for a new consumer technology which has little to no network effect related to Metcalfe's Law. Oh and you need 3.5 Mbps upload speed for 1080p calls - meaning higher broadband bills for some.
3) Facetime: Apple's Facetime is free and even though at the recent ITEXPO many people commented that using the software on an iPhone 4 is not great because inevitably your hand gets tired and falls to your stomach causing a nose-hair view of yourself to be transmitted - we can expect Apple to Facetime-enable everything they sell. Will umi interoperate?



ITEXPO West 2010 Officially Over

October 7, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Los Angeles Exhibit Hall



More ITEXPO West 2010 photos

As I wait here in LAX Airport - I continue to decompress from what was the largest ITEXPO ever. There were more booths and content that at any previous TMC event - ever. We partnered with a record number of groups and provided content as wide ranging from CDMA development to optical to smart grid.

Generally the sessions were packed and we learned a great deal about your preferences and expect us to keep content areas where rooms were filled and delete topics which were not so much.

My conversations in the industry were upbeat and positive in general - Avaya showed Flare off multiple times, ShoreTel is moving upmarket, Xirrus is doing its part to replace wired Ethernet and the smart grid, MSP, 4G and M2M spaces seem to hold much promise for growth.

So thank you all for coming to the show - and especially those of you braved the record traffic, accidents and mudslides & green flag alert due to the massive LA storm to be there. I heard numerous stories of people who couldn't make it to the center and we almost had to cancel a keynote due to the massive traffic delays our speaker was stuck in.











ITEXPO Xirrus Keynote iPad Raffle

October 6, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Avaya Flare Keynote in LA

October 5, 2010

Salesforce.com Keynote at Social CRM EXPO/ITEXPO

October 5, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Avaya Flare Keynote

October 5, 2010

I'm at an Interactive Intelligence Reception at ITEXPO West 2010

October 4, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Show Daily Monday Night

October 4, 2010

 

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ITEXPO West 2010 Day One Video Recap

October 4, 2010

Monday Reminder ITEXPO West 2010

October 4, 2010

Here is a note about show happenings from TMC president Dave Rodriguez:

Hi All,

 

Things have been busy at the Los Angeles Convention Center for ITEXPO's Opening Day! ITExPO is off to a great start.



Startup Camp Communications West 2010

October 4, 2010

Lightwave One West 2010 Launch Video

October 4, 2010

Social CRM Expo West 2010 Launch

October 4, 2010

NGN Energy Forum Launches at ITEXPO West 2010

October 4, 2010

Hi All, Just wanted to let you know about this new happening at ITEXPO - there is certainly tremendous interest int he smart energy space at this event based on what I have seen.


ITEXPO West
October 4-6, 2010
Los Angeles Convention Center -Los Angeles, California USA
www.itexpo.com


The NGN Forum will launch their NGN Energy Forum at the Internet Telephony Expo on Tues., Oct. 5, 2010.

The Forum will also hold a Board and Members meeting that is open to all attendees at the Internet Telephony Expo and 4GWE conference.




ITEXPO West 2010 Keynotes Kick Off

October 4, 2010

Standing Room Only at ITEXPO West 2010

October 4, 2010

CA Technologies Keynote Preview MSP World

October 4, 2010

Nimble SCRM Video Interview with Jon Ferrara

October 4, 2010

Smart Grid Summit West 2010 Kicks Off

October 4, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Video Interview

October 4, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Mustang Drawing

October 4, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Video Update With Dave Rodriguez

October 4, 2010

Avaya Flare Interface Detailed

October 3, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Avaya Reception: Reminder

October 3, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Conference Photo

October 3, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 More Set Up Pics

October 3, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Coming Together

October 3, 2010

See You Tomorrow Night - ITEXPO West 2010

October 2, 2010

Thought Leaders Descend Upon ITEXPO

October 2, 2010

Kind of a silly term- "thought leader" but in every market there are people involved in setting the conversation... Those whose thoughts and ideas permeate the web and industry conversations. "Did you hear what so and so said? Can you believe he thinks this company sells junk products and won't be around in a year?"

Well you get the idea.

It turns out a number of the people in the market who I have personally followed for some time have joined forces on a blog called Voyces.



Device Turns iPod to iPhone - Will it have a-Peel?

October 2, 2010



According to US distributor GoSolarUSA, $60 turns an iPod into an iPhone - or at least gets it a step closer. And you won't need any special contracts with AT&T.

According to Lance Whitney, the Peel 520 was created by two Chinese brothers who formed Yosion, and it includes a battery, dock connector, and SIM card.



Sadly for iPhone Touch 4G users - the current model is incompatible - but a new Peel is in the works to support the thinner device.

Recently the TyPadwas released - and it features a leather case with an innovative built-in keyboard.

These add-ones show just how vibrant the Apple aftermarket continues to be - creating an entire ecosystem of solutions which extend Apple products in countless new ways.











ITEXPO West 2010 Details

October 2, 2010

This letter is being sent to attendees today - hope to see you here soon.

Photo taken just now - downtown Los Angeles from the Westin Bonaventure




Hello all!

Well, it is nice and cooled off in L.A. – a nice 90 degrees or so. I stopped in my room at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel – and let me tell you the hotel is amazing! They updated the rooms and the look of the hotel, it is a great atmosphere.




ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide Available

October 1, 2010

The ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide is here and if you are flying to the show - you may want to download it to your Kindle/laptop/iPad/netbook/smartphone or print it. I am on the plane now and we have the equivalent of a 300 baud modem's worth of bandwidth so I can't download it but as I recall it is over 100 pages and gives you a solid overview of the dozen conferences taking place next week.

In addition it shows you the exhibit hall with over 200 exhibitors and which sections correspond to which technology.

I have this dream that I will have enough time to go through the directory and point to some of the interesting highlights in a blog post.

We'll see how that works out.

Here is the PDF and it is fairly compressed down to 5 Megs as I recall - we may be getting a higher res one soon as well in case you have the bandwidth.







Acetaminophen Kills Snakes - Who Knew?

October 1, 2010

As a reptile fan I was surprised I didn't know this fact which could be very useful the next time you play Trivial Pursuit - Geek Edition. In turns out acetaminophen kills snakes and moreover the U.S. Department of Agriculture is bombing the island of Guam with drugged frozen mice to rid the island of brown tree snakes which are venomous and grow quite large - ten feet long in fact.

You realize this means there is a person somewhere whose job it is to feed Tylenol to mice?

Turns out the mice will be outfitted with wings and streamers - in an effort to get them caught in tree branches so the snakes will quickly dine on them and die.

No word yet from PETA on all of this but expect them to have Pam Anderson covered in frozen mouse fur in an upcoming issue of your favorite magazine in protest.







Dialogic Merger with Veraz Closes

October 1, 2010

Update - Oct 4th 12:18 PM EST. Below I reference the market cap of Dialogic to be around $60M as this was the number publicly available at the time. The company informs me the value is closer to $160M with the Dialogic shares combines. I apologize to my readers for the error.

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Dialogic's merger with Veraz has officially closed and and the new company will be called Dialogic and have the symbol the company used in the nineties before it was acquired by Intel - DLGC.



ITEXPO West 2010 Information Update

October 1, 2010

The following ITEXPO welcome letter and update on important components of the multiple shows next week in Los Angeles was sent by my operations team. I hope you find it useful:


October 4-6, 2010
Los Angeles Convention Center
www.itexpo.com
It's Time for ITEXPO

Largest B-to-B Communications and Technology Trade Show Opens Monday in Los Angeles.

Dear Rich,

The final stages of preparation are being completed over the weekend - conference presenters tying together their slides, exhibitors readying their booths, and our TMC team putting the pieces in place for a great week of learning, networking, and business-building.

Your registration is confirmed.

Can't wait to see you Sunday night at Avaya’s Kick-Off event at the Westin Bonaventure, then on Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the official start of ITEXPO.

Once again, here are some details and information that will help make your experience at ITEXPO great. As always, if you have any questions before the show, please check the event site or contact Frank Coppola.


REGISTRATION / KEYNOTES / EXHIBIT HALL HOURS Monday, October 4
Registration: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Keynotes: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Welcome Reception: 5:00pm, sponsored by Aloe Systems

Tuesday, October 5
Registration: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Luncheon keynote: 12:15pm
Keynotes: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Exhibits Open: 4:00 – 8:00pm
Networking Reception: 6:00pm in Exhibit Hall, Sponsored by Aculab

Wednesday, October 6
Registration: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Exhibits Open: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Mustang Convertible Giveaway at 4:45pm – Must Be Present to Win
See below for a complete, updated schedule or visit www.itexpo.com


Keynote Schedule: (Open to all attendees) Monday, October 4
4:00 pm: Alcatel-Lucent: Jean-Pierre Lartigue, CTO and VP
4:30 pm: CA Technologies: Adam Famularo, General Manager Cloud Computing

Tuesday, October 5
12:15pm: Phil Edholm, Vice President, Avaya
2:00 pm: Salesforce.com: Alex Dayon, Executive Vice President of CRM
2:30 pm: Ribbit Corporation: Crick Waters, Co-founder, EVP Strategy and Business Development
3:00 pm: AT&T: Hank Hultquitst, VP of Regulatory
3:30 pm: ShoreTel: Kevin Gavin, VP Marketing

Wednesday, October 6
10:15 am: Xirrus: Dirk Gates, Chief Executive Office
10:45 am: Level 3: Nigel Williams, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales


WORKSHOPS at ITEXPO – Open to All Attendees

StartupCamp2: Communications Edition
Monday, October 4, 5:30pm
Room 153

Ingate’s SIP Trunk-UC Summit
Monday, October 4 – Wednesday, October 6
Room 403A

Reseller Solutions Day Workshop
Tuesday, October 5, 8:30am – 1-day Workshop open to all Resellers and Agents
Room 153

MegaPath’s MPLS University
Tuesday, October 5, 4:10pm
Room 153

Phone.com’s Innovation and Excellence for the Small Office
Wednesday, October 6, 11:00am
Room 150


SHOW LOCATION

Los Angeles Convention Center
South Hall K
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: (213) 741-1151


Detailed Schedule of Events:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 9:00 am . Ingate SIP Trunking Professional Development Program
10:00 am .

Heading to ITEXPO West 2010

October 1, 2010

Wesabe: Failure from a Founder's Perspective

October 1, 2010

TechCrunch has a great post describing how financial management website Wesabe lost to Mint and points to a blog post from founder Marc Hedlund who is up front and honest on why he believes his company failed and Mint won.

Whenever you can get the inner-most thoughts from a person who struggled to build a new company and was first but lost, you should listen.

Interestingly one lesson I took away from reading the post is KISS - keep it simple stupid. Apple and Skype have shown over and over that simplicity in interface design is what wins wars.

Here is an excerpt:

Mint focused on making the user do almost no work at all, by automatically editing and categorizing their data, reducing the number of fields in their signup form, and giving them immediate gratification as soon as they possibly could; we completely sucked at all of that. Instead, I prioritized trying to build tools that would eventually help people change their financial behavior for the better, which I believed required people to more closely work with and understand their data. My goals may have been (okay, were) noble, but in the end we didn't help the people I wanted to since the product failed.








Sleeping Spouses Rejoice: TV Ads get Quieter

October 1, 2010

VoIP Market up 13% This Year

October 1, 2010

Infonetics says the VoIP/UC space will be up 13% this year over last. It is no secret that the current business environment is very tough and this growth in a single and relatively mature sector of the market reminds us there are many sectors of tech and communications which are even younger and subsequently hold promise for even greater growth rates.

4G, M2M, backhaul, optical, smart grid, cloud - these are only a few sectors of the market which are poised to continue growth - even in a very challenging macroeconomic environment.

The timing of the report is good as Tom Keating points out - since ITEXPO takes place next week and numerous industries will converge in Los Angeles to learn more about communications and technology - virtually every important sector will be represented via numerous vendors.

We hope to see you there Oct 4-6, 2010.





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