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Bain Capital, Romney, Vulture Investing and 15% Tax Rates

January 23, 2012

A shout out to investors everywhere

I haven’t seen this level of funding in the tech space in years – I would go so far as to say the amount of funding is the greatest I’ve seen since 2000. I don’t believe we are exceeding 2000 levels but it is encouraging to see that investors believe that tech makes a solid investment.

Before I begin with which markets have gotten money, let me make a shout out to the investors in the world.

Analysis of FT and NYT Paywall Success

January 9, 2012

For newspapers looking to offset falling advertising revenues via increased paid subscriptions one solution is to raise prices of the printed versions of your product in order to gently nudge loyal readers online. A great analysis of how two newspapers the Financial Times and New York Times have been successful in doing so comes from Frédéric Filloux of The Guardian who explains that the NYT has increased their print prices by 25% in the UK and the FT has had a whopping 40% increase over a similar time period.

The article goes on to explain how the FT has a simple strategy when it comes to paywalls – you get less and less free articles per month unless you pay. The NYT has a more convoluted strategy which has a few tiers – and the article says both newspapers have models which work.

Gameloft Reinvents Self at 3D GTML5 Game on Google+

December 27, 2011

I am a huuuge Gameloft fan – which subsequently means my family isn’t. Some of my favorite games are N.O.V.A 2 a futuristic game where you kill aliens and robots on another planet, Zombie Infection, a game where you basically kill zombies (the company recently upgraded the program with a long-play “survival” mode at no cost) and Modern Combat 3 from Gameloft Montreal – an awesome futuristic military game which like the others is addictive and believe it or not has some really funny one-liners.

Modern Combat 3 Fallen Nation, Cold-Blooded, Day 12, Siberia - two scenes - the second with sniper rifle zoom

I just read on HTML5 Report – a venture between TMC and Crossfire Media that the company is now going to look into 3D HTML5 games on social networks such as Google+.

This is very exciting news because the company makes some solid iPad games and HTML5 means a larger potential audience for the new titles they produce.


Wait, Toggl is why HTML5 is so Important?

November 29, 2011

Some months back Crossfire Media head Joe Mazzeo came to TMC to tell us HTML5 was the future. He showed us some demos and we decided to extend our event and online partnership which encompassed 4G, M2M and other areas into providing a forum for the community of HTML5 designers and developers named DevCon5.

This all came back to me when I read an article from Tim Beyers aptly titled HTML is Bigger Than You Think on Motley Fool about toggl, a simple HTML5 app which uses the cloud as a timer for projects - allowing you to start and stop it from any device.

As Joe mentioned in our initial meeting - it is HTML5 that brings the true power of the cloud to the user and although toggle is a simple app, it proves Joe was right.

The next DevCon5 HTML5 developer conference takes place in Santa Clara, December 7-8, 2011 and you can register now.

My team put out this cool promo today worth checking out as it details some of the companies you can come meet, learn from and network with at the conference.







Facebook Serious about HTML5

November 14, 2011

Those of you paying attention know Facebook is serious about HTML5 and the company is not a fan of having to get its app approved by another company such as Apple. But in a sign they are putting their money where their mouth is, the world's leading social networking company just purchased HTML5 innovator Strobe.

You may recall Strobe founder and CEO Charles Jolley was a keynote speaker at the last HTML5 event TMC hosted called DevCon5. The video below may jog your memory.



We are also thrilled that he will be keynoting the next DevCon5 in Santa Clara, Wednesday, Dev 7th, 2011 representing Faceboook. It will be worth the visit to see him.





ITEXPO West 2011 Austin Highlights

August 23, 2011

Before all ITEXPO events I do a final proofread of the show directory and this one may be the biggest ever at 132 pages with tabs (just doing our part to support the economy). We will post a PDF version soon so you can see what’s in it but until then, here are some highlights that caught my eye:

Keynotes & Exhibits Tuesday, September 13th at 9:15 AM we have Ian Pennell from Cisco and at 4:30 PM-5:30 PM we have keynotes from Siemens and IBM followed by a Grand Opening Networking Reception sponsored by Interact from 5:30-7:30.

Wednesday, September 14th at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM we have keynotes from Polycom and DHL followed by exhibits from 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Then at 4:00 PM there is a Cocktail reception sponsored by Rackspace Hosting and at 4:45 you could win a pair of mountain bikes from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop - an Austin Institution ( I am told).

Latest Trends in Speech Technology, CRM, IVR, Collaboration and Cloud Computing

August 14, 2011

Speech analytics in greater demand

At the recent SpeechTek 2011 conference in New York I gained some great insight into the state of speech technology. For example, Jeff Schlueter of Nexidia told me his company’s speech analytics solutions have been in greater demand in this current economy as the desire to control costs has led to increased adoption of speech analytics. In addition, the company has released version 9.0 of its Enterprise Speech Intelligence product suite which cuts the TCO in half and allowing for customers to handle even larger amounts of data.

Global Unrest is Tech's Fault

August 12, 2011

Protests, riots and flash mobs are popping up all over the world from Greece to London and Israel to the US. This past week we even saw a global stock market sell-off due to a Paris-based bank’s alleged financial problems – thankfully though the French people are still enjoying their 6+ week vacations and have no plan to strike until they return.

But seriously – what the heck is happening in the world? The answer is quite simple really, technology is continuing to make the world a better place for the “have nots” – at the expense of the “haves”.

Apple Market Cap, Cisco Earnings Beat and Amazon Sidesteps Apple

August 11, 2011

I am up in Mass visiting some companies in the area and doing a presentation on the state of communications and tech markets - so while I am offline feel free to visit other parts of the TMC network to check out the latest news and analysis.

But before I sign off - some of the most interesting stories recently have to be Apple becoming the most valuable public company in the world, Cisco beating lowered expectations and Amazon leveraging HTML5 to allow Kindle reader access via web browsers.

Let's start with Cisco first - the company has put out so much bad news lately, the fact that this bellwether had a beat actually helped the entire stock market regain confidence.

If you missed it this morning, it seems hedge funds and others who are short the markets are pushing rumors of European banks having tremendous problems. This is exactly what happened with the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008. Markets have the ability to drive companies into insolvency by stoking the flames of fear, uncertainty and doubt. The good news for those who are looking for stable financial markets is that as of this writing, the networking giant is up over 16% to $16.02.

The other two news items are huge as well - Apple, a company in the hardware space - an area we all consider a commodity has used a combination of leading-edge supply-chain management, a massive cash horde and brilliant design and usability to become more valuable than any other company in the world.

And with their locked-in ecosystem, the amount of revenue it will continue to generate via its music and app stores will continue to grow for years.









Adobe HTML5 Tool, Edge: What You Need to Know

August 8, 2011

An in-depth interview with Paul Gubbay, VP of, Design Web and Interactive at Adobe Systems

The move to HTML5 is one of the most exciting developments I have seen in tech as it ties together cloud, mobile and the concept that programmers should be able to write once and have their programs run anywhere. Moreover, the hundreds of millions of Apple iOS devices that do not support Adobe Flash do/will support HTML5 and as websites slowly begin the transition to this new web standard, every tablet should for the first time be able to view most every webpage.

It’s no wonder HTML5 is being credited with allowing a 15-year post Internet boom mega-cycle.

A few potential casualties of the HTML5 revolution are app stores who have a lock on the real innovation taking place on their platforms and of course Adobe – the company behind the Flash standard which has made the web a much more robust and creative place.

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