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2017 Predictions From Rich Tehrani

Without further ado, here are my predictions for the new year!!! What do you think?    We will see major financial problems...

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The Most Important Marketing Automation Webinar of the Year

Many people know TMC as a company reporting on news. Many tech and communications companies leverage TMCnet and our various properties for...

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Foxconn Plays the Trump Presidency Brilliantly

Let’s start off with what will likely be taken poorly by U.S. workers… According to at least one company, you get paid...

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Scoring My 2016 Predictions

This is the time of year I typically grade myself on the predictions I made this time last year. NFV: I predicted that we’ll...

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Advice for Partners for 2017 [podcast]

Jeff Ponts of Datatel; Emmett Tydings of AB&T Telecom; and Chris Palermo of GCN joined the podcast this week to talk...

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$4B Wireless Repair Market Event Comes to ITEXPO

Almost 8,000 wireless repair businesses employ over 20,000 people and the market is growing. Yes, it’s a $4 billion dollar market! Apple’s next-gen phones...

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Ad Blockers vs Mobile Advertisers

In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to...

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API of the Week: Vidyo APIs Add Value All Around Us

May 17, 2016

If you want your company to have a tremendous valuation, make it an integral part of a platform which allows others to benefit financially from effectively selling your products and services. Tens of thousands of resellers promote Microsoft software, hundreds of thousands develop software for iOS, Salesforce has a great partner ecosystem of app builders and so on. There are a few ways of becoming the platform company… From the inside out or the outside in.

In other words, once iPhones got in the hands of millions of people, the apps added value to the platform and by default, Apple, who is on the inside.

The Opportunities of the Dark Web

May 13, 2016

What I learned from the first-ever dark web event.



Yesterday, we held the world’s first Dark Web conference called Inside Dark Web – with partners Bob Miko and Alan Meckler. When we first decided to launch the event we discussed the business opportunities the dark web presents. After the event, there are a few observations I’ve made that I think are worth sharing.

Inside Dark Web Live Blog 2016

May 11, 2016





I will be live-blogging all about the latest dark web happenings from the show starting tomorrow. Gordon G. Chang, the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World as well as other works is about to take the stage here at the Inside Dark Web Conference.




The most dangerous criminals on the Dark Web are states. Hackers sponsored by Russia attacked Ukraine in the past. It is also a matter of time before a rogue state or bad actor takes out critical infrastructure in the US.




Streamago: The Hottest Video Streaming App You Don't Know

May 9, 2016

Streaming has been all the rage for a few years now… Periscope, Meerkat and Facebook Live are just a few of the services that have made a splash recently. Blab.IM (see below) made some noise for a while – it differentiated by allowing multiple people to stream simultaneously – like the talking heads we see on the news.

Muscial.ly recently got a massive funding round of $100 million– its s service which allows you to make and stream music videos, staring yourself and friends.

Streamago is one of the newer companies on the scene – it’s growing amazingly fast and isn’t necessarily a new concept – but its executed very well.

IDT $19.99 Cloud UC Package Delivers Solid Channel Value

May 7, 2016

IDT Corporation has been a visionary in the VoIP space for almost two decades and I’ve always been impressed with the company’s technology and range of solutions in the SIP trunking and hosted PBX spaces. Recently, they have become very aggressive in the UC space, going after a channel and looking to be the disruptor in the market they helped create in the 1990s.

In an in-person interview, IDT/Net2Phone President Jonah Fink told me he thinks his company will keep people up at night. For example, IDT has had decades to build out its international infrastructure which includes POPs and nodes in five cities in Brazil as well as London, Hong Kong, Chile and Peru. They offer unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada as well as a core hosted PBX/SIP trunking plan which consists of South America, Western Europe and Central America.

A Million Dark Web Facebook Users Value Privacy, Security and Safety

April 25, 2016

Each month, over one million people access Facebook over the dark web via Tor. So why does Facebook offer such a site and why would people even want to use it? The company says the primary drivers of this growth are privacy, security and safety.

According to Alec Muffet of Facebook:

This is why in the last two years we built the Facebook onion site and onion-mobile site, helped standardise the “.onion” domain name, and implemented Tor connectivity for our Android mobile app by enabling connections through Orbot.

He continued:

Over this period the number of people who access Facebook over Tor has increased.

Allied Fiber LLC Has not Filed Chapter 11

April 25, 2016

Allied Fiber LLC has been engaged in a long running dispute with its senior secured lender. After exhaustive efforts and numerous offers that the company believed would have resulted in the full payment of all of the lender’s principle and interest, for reasons unknown to the company, a settlement was unable to be reached.

On April 20th, 2016, the senior secured lender purportedly exercised voting rights in the Allied Fiber LLC subsidiary companies (AF Southeast LLC, AF Florida LLC and AF Georgia LLC) and allegedly replaced the members of the subsidiaries, appointed a chief restructuring officer, and then caused the subsidiaries – not including Allied Fiber LLC – to file for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding in Delaware.

Apparently there will now be a court-supervised sale of the subsidiaries to the highest bidder which may include a marketing period that may be approximately 90-days. 

A Quarter Century Intel Wound From AMD and How to Respond

April 22, 2016

Show me the horsepower!


By now, anyone who follows tech news even casually knows a massive 12,000 workforce reduction is taking place at Intel because people use their smartphones more than ever and can extend the life of their other devices as a result. Even if you have the money to upgrade all of your devices each year, it is a monumental pain in the rear. This means in order to get people to upgrade more quickly, a few things would have to happen.

The Alex St. John Wage-Slave Debate Sh*t-Storm I Created

April 21, 2016

Developers – you are likely the unappreciated rock stars you think you are.

@rtehrani @PlayWildTangent @AllAboutTheAPI April 19, 2016


In over 20,000 tweets, nothing seems to have resonated more negatively than my simple tweet about a “Great developer post” from Alex St. John which was based on this article. My weekend was a whirlwind of negative tweets as I waded into an issue I wasn’t even aware existed.

For example, I was semi-insulted for being a CEO and agreeing with Alex.

@SeanTheBaptiste @rtehrani @PlayWildTangent @AllAboutTheAPI One CEO applauds another CEO about unfair labor practices, news at 11.

The Feds Just Confirmed Banks are Still Too Big to Fail

April 21, 2016


I realize this is not a tech focused piece and that's generally why you come here but since a financial crisis generally affects all industries (including tech), I thought its worth sharing the news that the government just told us indirectly that big banks are still too big to fail. In order to ensure execs in financial companies don't make decisions which wreck their companies, industry practice today says execs have to defer part of their pay for a period of three years. Now, the largest firms would have to up that number to more than four years according to the Wall Street Journal. Seven government agencies are involved and the number of years that compensation can be clawed back will increase to seven in some cases.

This tells us banks are still too big to fail - in other words, one big bank going down could take down many others and have a cascade effect on the entire economy.

In fact, the Dodd-Frank regulations passed by the government to prevent too big to fail actually caused the smaller banks to exit the business because they can't compete with the giants.




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