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Fox Pulls Business and More from Cablevision

October 18, 2010

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.



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.

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.











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.







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.



Overview of ITEXPO West 2010 Events

September 30, 2010

Hi all, my marketing team was good enough to provide me with this comprehensive overview of ITEXPO and all the related events and content at the show which takes place Oct 4-6, 2010 - yes, next week. I hope this snapshot is something you find useful.

From Grids to Clouds, ITEXPO Has It Covered. So Much Value for Your Investment. Free Workshops, Great Networking, Amazing Keynotes, 12 Collocated Events.

Latest on StartupCamp at ITEXPO West 2010

September 29, 2010

StartupCamp, Communications Edition which was one of the most exciting events at ITEXPO earlier this year in Miami has some exciting news. It has just named its final presenter - Cloud Telecomputers.

Here is an excerpt from the news release:

The organizers also announced a charity connection to StartupCamp that is sure to add intrigue to an already high-energy evening. Audience members will each receive up to $100,000 in play money, and with it instantly become "angel investors" for a night. Once all the companies have presented, attendees will be asked to "place their bets" by creating a portfolio of at least two of the startups.




Latest ITEXPO West 2010 Show Daily

September 28, 2010



The latest show daily for ITEXPO in LA is out and here are some headlines you may find of interest:

ALOE Systems to Exhibit Carrier Grade Softswitch Solutions at ITEXPO'Meet the HD Handset Vendors' Loaded with Chances to Win an IP phoneHD Voice - U.S. vs.



Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook Reveals Much on 60 Minutes

September 27, 2010

If you missed the 60 Minutes interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, here are some things you need to know:

  • The engineers engage in hackathons - allowing engineers to compete on programming tasks
  • Speed chess and all-night programming are activities often engaged in
  • The company has a new way of displaying profile pages which is more photo-centric
  • A dozen programmers worked on this redesign in a war-room littered with used toothpaste tubes and dirty plates
  • Over 200,000 people access Facebook from mobile devices
  • Messaging is one of the latest products - something Facebook calls the ultimate switchboard
  • Mark thinks these messages are slowly replacing email
  • Gmail was not the target of Facebook's messaging platform
Mark was hit with questions regarding privacy - and he responded by saying advertisers have no access to people's information and they never use it.

Interviewer Lesley Stahl asked about apps which access information of a personal nature and Zuckerberg explained that if apps do something they aren't supposed to like invading privacy, they are shut down.

Zuckerberg says they don't get it right every time but they keep trying to get better.

He further explained that privacy and control over personal information is one of the most important things on the Internet.

Many of Google's top employees have defected to Facebook - 200 ex-Googlers now work at Facebook. Mark explained that social adds to the experience of virtually everything you do online.

Here is the two-part interview and an article worth reading from CNET's Caroline McCarthy. Here is video1 and video 2 if the videos below don't workl













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