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Tech, Telecom: The Energy is Back

February 3, 2010

 Communications, wireless, consumer electronics, cloud computing, virtualization -- in a turbulent market, it is good to be in technology.


Monster.com was one of the companies I considered to have a natural monopoly in the US job search market a decade ago. Amazingly, social media sites like LinkedIn and Craigslist are making Job sites less relevant and as a result Monster just picked up HotJobs for $225 in cash to shore up its decreasing market share.

A decade or so ago it was common knowledge that satellite radio would eventually make a huge dent in the business of traditional radio companies.

Patent Pooling Taking Off

February 2, 2010

I suggested companies join the RPX patent protection club back in 2008 as I have seen how patent litigation can destroy a company's profitability and force it to lose focus. RPX as you may remember is a firm whose goal is to allow companies to buy into a pool of patents which can be used to protect them against future lawsuits. The idea is a company will think twice about pursuing a patent lawsuit if you can countersue using a huge pool of patents.

Since my original entry, Microsoft, Nokia and Sony have signed up for the service.

ITEXPO East 2010 Miami a Great Success Thanks to You

January 26, 2010

A humble thank you to my followers who came out in support of ITEXPO this past week in Miami. Thank you conferees who braved a tough economic climate and came to the show. I also want to extend appreciation to the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees at the show. In addition, thanks to our many partners who contributed greatly to the success of this week of events.

Asterisk Gets a Song

January 25, 2010

One Line, Multiple Caller-ID

January 14, 2010

A while back I saw research showing a much higher rate of answered calls if they originate from the same area code. After researching for a while I can't find the source for the information but it is an intuitive assumption so I feel comfortable sharing it with my readers and apologize for not having a source.

I thought about this research when I heard The Flat Planet has a new service which matches the number you call with the Caller-ID information of a local number. Debt collection and outbound call centers are two obvious areas where the service should be of great use.

Interviews With ITEXPO East 2010 Participants

January 13, 2010

Next week's ITEXPO, Jan 20-22nd in Miami promises to be one of the best shows in the communications and technology spaces. When you consider all the knowledge you can absorb at the show with collocated events which portend the future - you just have to be there.

The opportunity to save money on communications, find new products to help you make money and/or boost productivity... The chance to launch a new career and network with the best and brightest - there are many reasons to be in south Florida at ITEXPO and related events: 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial.

To give you an idea of the sorts of people you can meet at the show and network with, you are welcome to check out the interviews I conducted with a number of the show's participants below:

You can Still Win a Motorcycle and Car at ITEXPO East 2010

January 13, 2010

Today we sent out a confirmation and update regarding next week's ITEXPO and I wanted to make sure my readers were aware of many of the happenings at the show. One of the more interesting questions I get in passing is - "Rich, are you still giving away a car at the show?" The answer is yes, a Honda Element and also a Honda motorcycle.

Pictures and show details follow:



ITEXPO January 20-22, 2010 Miami Beach Convention Center

Collocated with 4G Wireless Evolution -- Digium/Asterisk World -- Smart Grid Summit -- M2M Evolution -- Cloud Communications Summit -- Virtualization Summit -- StartUp Camp Telephony -- SIP Tutorial

CONFIRMATION AND SCHEDULE UPDATE   Dear Rich,

Your registration for ITEXPO is confirmed.





Tehrani at Winter Olympics

January 13, 2010

Tech Rock Star Jamie Siminoff Keynotes Startup Camp Telephony

January 11, 2010

Jamie Siminoff is someone I have great admiration for... He launched a company called SimulScribe which later became PhoneTag and what it did was transcribe your voicemails and send them via email. As far as I am concerned voicemail is useless without receiving it transcribed in an email with an attached MP3 file. You mean you still listen to your voicemails??

TMC Moves to New Headquarters Next Month

January 8, 2010

I just got back from taking a tour of final construction at the new TMC headquarters we will be moving to in February. It has been an exhilarating experience to have been in the communications and tech markets these past decades. I can't imagine any industry seeing as much change as we have - at the nexus of communications, tech and media transformation.

Our company is 38 years-old this year and the change in our products and services and competitive set over the last four decades has been beyond incredible.

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