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Tech helps e-Estonia Replace Delaware as Corporate Capital

Set your business up in Delaware is what you’ll hear from an attorney if you decide to set up a US corporation....

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Nothing But Vanilla Pudding

Do you remember playing musical chairs in school? The music begins a chair is removed and you circle around until the...

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Talking API and UC with Zilkr

In this podcast, I sit down with Omar Paul, co-founder of Zilkr, a platform for communications APIs and SDK. In the...

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Will the Clinton Vs. Trump Outsourcing War hurt your Business?

With tens of millions of jobs lost in the U.S. due to outsourcing (including contract manufacturing), we can expect the topic to...

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Why Android Sucks: Part 2

Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article...

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2016 State of WebRTC

Where are we really with WebRTC?  It’s not generating the buzz it used to. There are not many specialized conferences anymore.  Even...

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What It Means to Master an Agency

After rumors swirled at CP Expo in Vegas in March, the announcement is finally here: Sandler Partners is acquiring X4. This...

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Tech helps e-Estonia Replace Delaware as Corporate Capital

July 29, 2016



Set your business up in Delaware is what you’ll hear from an attorney if you decide to set up a US corporation. Why? Look at all these benefits:

  • Delaware’s business law is one of the most flexible in the country.
  • The Delaware Court of Chancery focuses solely on business law and uses judges instead of juries.
  • For corporations, there is no state corporate income tax for companies that are formed in Delaware but do not transact business there (but there is a franchise tax).
  • Taxation requirements are often favorable to companies with complex capitalization structures and/or a large number of authorized shares of stock.
  • There is no personal income tax for non-residents.
  • Shareholders, directors and officers of a corporation or members or managers of an LLC don’t need to be Delaware residents.
  • Stock shares owned by persons outside Delaware are not subject to Delaware taxes

Is it such a surprise that if you have low taxes and simple regulations you’ll grow your business base? Apparently, as most states aren’t very competitive with these offerings.

Will the Clinton Vs. Trump Outsourcing War hurt your Business?

July 27, 2016

With tens of millions of jobs lost in the U.S. due to outsourcing (including contract manufacturing), we can expect the topic to be a huge talking point until election season ends. Typically, you would expect the Democratic candidate - Clinton to be anti-outsourcing and the Republican - Trump to be against.

Surprisingly though, in this case, Trump is the anti-free trade candidate - actually he says he wants fair trade.



Now, there's this, a new ad from super-PAC, Rebuilding America Now which shows Clinton speaking at a closed door meeting and saying there is no way to stop outsourcing. The speech coincides with a $5 million dollar donation from an Indian politician to the Clinton foundation.

At the end of the ad - an Indian speaker says "That's good news for a lot of us," implying she is giving a speech to the people who are doing the outsourcing.

The allegation is she got paid off to ensure there is no stopping outsourcing.

Ad Age tells us the Clinton camp tried to get the networks to stop running the ad but instead drew more attention to it.











Why Android Sucks: Part 2

July 26, 2016



Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article explained this is a potentially huge problem for customers. Moreover, the piece wondered aloud whether it makes sense for the industry to rally around a three-year or five-year norm for product updates.

This assumes the company is around to update the OS of course.

The latest challenge to Android comes from Motorola who says they will not provide monthly security updates for the Moto Z.

Motorola explains (somewhat paraphrased) they have a lot of devices and can't move any faster.

Bottom line: You will pay less for Android devices than those from Apple but depending on who you purchase from, there may be some big downsides to consider when it comes to OS updates.









Internet News Ban: is China Spring Ahead?

July 25, 2016

The internet has helped usher in political upheaval around the world. Last month I penned a piece title Brexit Could be Yuuuge for China which tied together Brexit, Trump and a democratic China.

Specifically:

At some point soon, it seems inevitable that the China domino will drop. The next five to ten years is a probable window when this happens.

This Google Search May Predict the U.S. Presidential Election

July 22, 2016

While the number of deaths due to terrorist attacks may be lower than other ways of dying such as auto accidents or bathtubs as President Obama famously has said, fear of terror attacks is very real. If you're interested in knowing how real, check out Google's Search suggestions for some of the major cities which have had attacks in the past year. I am sure I have left some out but in every case the city is followed by the suggested word, "shooting."

This tells us the fear of terrorism is extremely high and the candidate the public feels is most likely to protect them from this threat may be the winner.









Sure, there are other issues when it comes to voting but as we can see above, these terror attacks are the most important happenings in each of these cities. This of course is a single data point but an important one nonetheless.











Zang to Grow Communications PaaS offerings at All About the API

July 20, 2016

Here at the All About the API 2016 show in Las Vegas I got a chance to catch up with keynoter Davide Petramela to talk about Zang. The company is a division of Avaya focusing on Platform as a Service – it isn’t unlike Nexmo or Twilio but the difference may be the Avaya tie-in meaning, the company can draw on years of telecom heritage and experience.

In some ways, it may be closer to Kandy from GENBAND.

His keynote focused on Disrupting the Pace of Innovation where he said, "The next level of innovation in the digital economy is driven by the ability to embed communications right into cloud-based applications.” He continued, “Zang is on the forefront with dramatically simple tools and APIs that enable developers and designers to build their vision in a heartbeat."

Microsoft Announces REST API Design Guidelines at All About The API Conference in Vegas

July 19, 2016

Gareth Smith the API Architect for Microsoft Graph announced onstage at the All About the API Conference in Las Vegas that the company has just open-sourced its REST API Guidelines.

These guidelines represent a multi-year, cross-company, collaborative process aggregating the collective experience of hundreds of engineers designing, operating, and running global scale cloud services from across Microsoft; and listening to feedback on their APIs from customers and partners.  They have attempted to incorporate those learnings along with industry best practices in the API space to create guidelines that API teams across Microsoft use on a daily basis.

The company said it hopes as a result of releasing these guidelines that:
  • They will further stimulate feedback on their APIs and their approach to building them to better serve customers.
  • Since they have benefitted from others in the API design community who have shared their guidelines, they want to contribute back. They believe that organizations of almost any size building APIs can benefit from having their own design guidelines.  Many companies and even organizations such as the Whitehouse have already published their design guidelines and it’s their hope that by contributing theirs to the community conversation, they can add to the body of community knowledge and reusable content so that anyone can draw upon more collective knowledge when looking to set standards and guidelines within their organization.
Customers really were at the heart of this decision and they were saying clearly:
  • It should be easier to get started with Microsoft APIs – Developers wanted to be able to run the curl tool against an API endpoint and get a human-readable result in just a few minutes.
  • APIs for Microsoft cloud services should be consistent – Developers didn’t care that an API to work with an Azure virtual machine and an API to work with a user’s Office 365 documents were developed by different parts of the company, they were both from Microsoft and developers expected consistency.



He discussed this after going onto the company's new initiative, Microsoft Graph which unifies the organizations disparate API strategy.



According to the company, The Microsoft REST API Guidelines, as a design principle, encourages application developers to have resources accessible to them via a RESTful HTTP interface.












SD-WAN Fuels Aryaka 150% Growth

July 13, 2016

Aryaka just announced another great quarter in Q2 - 150% growth. These are the highlights:
  • Over 150% year over year growth for Q2 and the first half of the year, as compared to 2015
  • Over 70 new customers added, including gaming company, Demonware; cable manufacturer, Volex; the educational platform, Knewton; and Quanshi, the leading online collaboration service provider in China.
  • 40% of total bookings generated from existing customer base, who expanded their use of Aryaka’s services
  • Partner contribution of more than 73% of total Q2 bookings
  • Exited Q2 with $45M+ of unbilled backlog (customer contractual commitments yet to be invoiced).
  • China, Asia Pacific overall, and Europe were among key growth drivers with bookings in these regions equaling momentum in the U.S.
We had been working on an interview with the company regarding their last quarter results and was just about to post it. The timing couldn't be better.

API of the Week: Scribe Software Powers Integration

July 12, 2016

One of the biggest challenges developers have to deal with relate to managing all the programming interfaces from various systems and solutions. Getting sales and back office systems to communicate effectively with CRM and accounting are just a few of a challenges many organizations perpetually face. Another is getting the on-premise and cloud systems to communicate effectively – we are going to be in a hybrid world for some time after all.

Scribe Software is one of the companies looking to help developers make short work of these challenges.

With Polycom, Siris Capital Builds Impressive UC Holdings

July 11, 2016

Many where caught off guard when they learned Siris Capital outbid Mitel for Polycom but there are some good reasons for Siris to have made this move. After the Mitel acquisition was announced, I detailed the good and bad about the deal.

Here were the two comments which I placed in the bad category:

Bad: Polycom most logically should have ended up merging with Plantronics IMO – the companies are geographically close to one another and the synergies between headsets and other endpoints seemed like a perfect fit. I’ve thought this for many years.
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