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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian Rocks First off, the Venetian has remodeled its rooms and they are amazingly comfortable and some of the...

Pinterest Now Worth $1.5B

Now that was fast – Pinterest just raised $100M at a valuation of $1.5B in a round of funding led by Japanese e-commerce site Rakuten Inc. Pinterest's existing venture-capital investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners...

GM to Facebook: Your ads Don't Work

When you are about to have one of the largest public offerings in the world - north of $100 billion and much of the reason for the size of your IPO has to do with advertising revenue, there is nothing...

OnStar Saves Woman's Life

I am a huge fan of any paradigm-changing technology and OnStar - the GM invented service which integrates a car's computer and a remote call center is certainly one of these achievements. The service does lots of different things like...

Let Companies, not Government Create Jobs

Maybe it's because I am a techie or perhaps because I have seen how the post office, tax code and department of motor vehicles works - but I am fairly certain that an investment by Intel - in this case...

Former AT&T Chief Ed Whitacre Jr. to Head GM

As a certified car buff and head of a media company covering the world of communications and technology it just doesn't get any better than this. An opportunity to discuss one of my passions and get paid for it... Who...

Twitter to Save GM

It was bound to happen -- you can't keep a company down forever. The answer to GM's ailing sales and image problem can be solved with one simple new service which links Twitter to its safety enhancing OnStar system. Using...

I Am Traveling Today to the Midwest

I am off to the midwest today and am looking forward to the trip. As long as I don't get snowed on (too much) I will be happy. On a seperate note it is amazing to me that Detroit is...

Tesla Motors in Trouble: Paradox of a Lifetime

The ironic times we live in cannot be understated. One wonders what our children will think of us in the coming decades. Case in point, Wall Street lobbies the government for looser regulations so they can compete with European banks....

Here Come Electric Cars -- Really

To its credit, GM did come out with an electric car before any other auto manufacturer. The EV1 was introduced in the mid-nineties and GM cited lack of profitability among other reasons to kill the billion dollar project. In hindsight,...

OnStar Shut Down

For those cars with analog cellular cell phone OnStar connections you have until February 18, 2008 before your service will stop working. Some who have complained to GM about this problem have received a $500 gift certificate towards the purchase...

The End of Car Theft

Although this has nothing to do with IP communications, I thought it worth mentioning the end of car theft is likely right around the corner. Why? GM’s OnStar the satellite linked service which helps passengers get to restaurants can also...

Mapquest and OnStar

In what seems to be a very intelligent business decision by all involved, OnStar, the service allowing GM customers to have turn-by-turn in-car directions and Mapquest the web destination allowing online driving instructions have teamed up.   What are the...
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