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StartUpCamp 7 at ITEXPO Miami has Heavy Hitters

January 18, 2013

StartUpCamp 7 at ITEXPO in just over a week will not only have past Apple CEO John Sculley as a keynote speaker it will have an all-star panel of judges outlined below:

  • Craig Walker, CEO of Firespotter Labs, a telecom focused incubator that's launched UberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly since its founding in April 2011.
  • Jeff Uphues, Vice President, Cbeyond, a leading communications provider that delivers cloud services and communications to SMBs.
  • Gerry Dehaven, Senior Partner, QAdvisors, a top merger and acquisition firm deeply rooted in technology, communications and business services.
  • The panel will be moderated by serial entrepreneur Gary Pudles, CEO of AnswerNet which was recently named a 'Best Run Company' by SmartCEO.

Come check out and vote on the top startups in sunny Miami. Register here.

Miss America to Drive Fitness App Adoption

January 18, 2013

Remember yesterday when senior editor here at TMC Peter Bernstein said fitness apps would be a fad? Well he may be dead right but he may be surprised to learn that Miss America used a fitness app and social platform called Fitocracy to get in shape. I must admit Business Insider describes it far more effectively than I do when they call it “Top Bikini Shape.”

Although Peter could be right – part of his point was that downloading a fitness app is like joining a gym – it’s using the fitness app which becomes more challenging over time.

It's an App Eat App World

January 17, 2013

Peter Bernstein has a great analysis piece on how the Unilever/Slim-Fast empire is struggling in-part because the company was too slow to come out with an app as well as the fact that other competitors have expanded their offerings to match the company or even take the lead. Personal experience has shown that the majority of my friends and acquaintances are now using apps to track their fitness – running and/or eating via calorie counting.

It’s amazing to me that even a company which profits handsomely from items sold in grocery stores can lose share because it didn’t provide apps on smartphones. This is in contrast to Starbucks who I tweeted about earlier this week – they really think mobile and social are crucial to their future.

See Blackberry 10 in Action on the Z10

January 16, 2013

ITEXPO: Meet the One Man Who FIRED Steve Jobs

January 15, 2013

ITEXPO in Miami, FL takes place in about two weeks and it is going to be awesome. I will be covering the show in this space and wanted to start off by saying how excited I am that John Sculley will be part of the show – keynoting StartupCamp7 – one of the most exciting events at the conference. You can learn more about the situation between Jobs and Sculley in Forbes and on Tom Keating’s blog.

It’s worth noting that there is controversy as to whether Jobs was fired or demoted but whatever specifically happened is not as important as the fact that the incident started a cascade of events which changed music, entertainment, computing and mobility forever.

Apple Production Cuts May Just Mean a New Model is Coming

January 14, 2013

I truly believe Apple has no choice but to finally succumb to the larger phone trend I have been harping about for over 2.5 years. Today’s news that the company has cut production of current models coupled with rumors of a larger phone coming may just mean we will see a new model soon.

And this would be the potential reason for the cuts - if the news is even accurate.

Certainly, the company’s share price dipping below $500 isn’t good news. Moreover, rumors of a curved screen device have been circulating for a long time.



A Larger iPhone - Apple Will HAVE to Listen Now

January 8, 2013

Sometimes I feel like a broken record MP3 player but when you know you are right and you are a student of history, you see the mistakes companies make before they do. On July 8th of 2010 I told you that larger Android devices would be a threat to Apple. The point was that Apple is repeating its mistake from the eighties where it had its own hardware competing against many manufacturers. At the time price/performance was the Achilles heel of Cupertino but now the challenge is not only price/performance but form factor.

How Mobile Will Destroy Retail Margins

December 21, 2012


Some of the news of the week has to do with eBay deciding mobile advertising doesn’t work for them as it clutters small screens and doesn’t provide that much revenue. This seems to make sense but if you think this in any way is going to change the impact of mobile advertising and commerce you are dead wrong.

Logic and rumors tell us Amazon will be releasing a telephone soon and the reasoning for them to do so goes far beyond expanding its ecosystem and pushing people to download apps and watch videos online.

Location based advertising is where everything is going.

Flexible Samsung Screens and Jim Cramer's Mistake Round Out Tech News

December 20, 2012

Samsung to show flexible screens are coming to a smartphone and tablet near you but what still needs to be worked out is how to get multicore processors and batteries to bend along with them. Moreover, what happens when you bend them too far – do they just snap, pouring the guts of the battery onto your lap or dinner plate? We still have some time on this tech but the progress is promising. Can’t wait to see it (and bend it) at CES.

Tomorrow's Cloud, Optimized by Plantronics

December 19, 2012


Most people think of the cloud as being removed from the local environment because, after all, it requires the addition of a browser to access. But thanks to innovation from the people at Plantronics, the cloud can now reach through the browser and be closer to the user than ever before. In fact, the company has an SDK, which for the first time bridges the worlds of mobile and enterprise communications as well as computing. While CTI or computer-telephony integration is not a new concept, Plantronics uses its Spokes software as communications middleware to seamlessly connect mobile telephony with cloud-based or on-premise enterprise software.

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