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Warren Buffet Investing in Risky Tech Without Knowing it?

October 11, 2012



As news breaks that Coca-Cola is mulling a $10 million investment in Spotify some people may think back to Warren Buffett’s comments on the tech market – saying he wouldn’t invest in it because he didn’t understand it. While some took this comment at face value, it seems the spirit of the comment was that Buffet is a value investor often holding a company’s shares for years or even more than a decade. Trying to figure out who the tech leaders will be over such a long time is very difficult if not impossible.

Interestingly, Coca-Cola is a great example of a Buffet investment – it is a leader in its space and much of its revenue is derived from Coke and its variants which just happen to be addictive due to their caffeine content.

Major Flaws in Ballmer's Apple-Fighting Strategy?

October 11, 2012


It really is shocking that Apple has pulled so far ahead of every other device maker with designs that are more art than technology focused. For those of you familiar with Bang & Olufsen products (BeoSound 8 pictured above) you know in some ways Apple’s designs are a copy of this iconic audio manufacturer meaning Apple didn’t entirely invent cool looking consumer electronics devices and others should be able to compete effectively in the space.

I am sure Microsoft agrees but as they’ve watched Apple become the cool and fast growing computer company they used to be, they determined they need to be more like Cupertino. This of course is the reason the company decided it was more important to design new hardware than keep their partners churning out directly competitive products happy.

Walmart To Go is Webvan 2.0

October 9, 2012

Have we finally broken the barrier to same day delivery?

During the dotcom boom, Webvan and Peapod were going to change the world and when things went bust and both companies had to deal with the realities of massive infrastructure and overhead with little to no sales by comparison. Peapod got picked up by Stop & Shop and Webvan imploded, and is now just a Wikipedia page.



Fast forward over a decade and Amazon has made lots of noise about same delivery service.

Microsoft Hopes Free WiFi Will Persuade Developers

October 8, 2012

Google has been a steady sponsor of free WiFi in airports and subway stations for some years now but Microsoft has decided such sponsorships make sense for them as well. Specifically, the company is paying Boingo for the privilege of supplying free wireless access in parts of San Francisco and Manhattan.

The reason for the generosity has to do with Redmond celebrating Windows 8 and looking forward to introducing the new Windows Store for Windows 8 to the app builder community.

"At Microsoft, we know that amazing apps are being built in New York and San Francisco, and we want to give talented developers the chance to launch their businesses through the Windows Store," said John Richards, Senior Director at Microsoft Corp. "We hope our Boingo Wi-Fi sponsorship will introduce the Windows 8 opportunity to app builders in NYC and San Francisco, while providing folks with Wi-Fi connectivity on-the-go."

Don't Believe the Apple MapGate Hype

October 1, 2012

Apple has become so successful that journalists seem to go in for the kill if a new service doesn’t work perfectly. To some degree the company has executed so well, this is to be expected. The latest issue is the company’s decision to replace Google maps with its own maps in iOS6. Users have complained about less than perfect directions in some cases as well as some satellite images which are warped and frankly quite odd looking.

A Journalist Will Win a Kindle at ITEXPO in Austin This Week

October 1, 2012

A note from the ITEXPO PR firm for all media and analysts I thought worth sharing:

We’re looking forward to having you join us at ITEXPO at the Austin Convention Center next week. Here are a few notes to ensure you have a great show:

  • Tweet from ITEXPO and you could win a Kindle! The registered press/analyst with the most individual Tweets between October 2 and October 5 citing the hashtag #ITEXPO will win a Kindle!

ITEXPO West 2012 Austin Overview

October 1, 2012

ITEXPO is kicking off this week - my team is diligently setting everything up at the Austin Convention Center here in Texas. Here is some important information about the show. Hope to see you here.







October 2-5, 2012
Austin Convention Center - Austin, Texas
www.itexpo.com

 


ITEXPO Kicks Off Tomorrow!
Asterisk 1-2-3 begins tomorrow at 9am, additional conference sessions begin at 12:30pm.

ITEXPO Austin 2012 Show Guide and More

September 26, 2012

ITEXPO is taking place next week with a record number of collocated
events in areas such as cloud computing, videoSIP trunkingM2Mwireless and mobilitywhite spaces also known as Super WiFiHTML5MSP solutionsLatin America CommunicationsTech patent protection, cloud computing and cloud communications.

This is the most comprehensive technology event I know of with educational sessions on the crucial areas you need to know about to succeed in your career in every economic environment.

Some of the most important aspects of the conference are located in the Show Guide (PDF, Hi Res PDF). For more, here is a link to the fabulous keynoters from IBM, Sonus, Cisco, etc.

With Fabulous Gorilla Glass, Why Does Corning Stock Lose Value?

September 25, 2012

Corning is a fascinating company and recently the news about how they collaborated with Steve Jobs to build the glass for the first iPhone became public, making them that much more interesting. Believe it or not but the ancestor of the now famous Gorilla Glass in the iPhone and hundreds of other devices was invented in 1952 and by accident. The product was waiting decades looking for a market and the company started to experiment with it just before Steve Jobs came knocking.

Tom Keating alerted me to a fascinating article done by Wired which gives you all the details of how the glass is made and its evolution.



The challenge for the company seems to be getting ahead of itself. After all the famous Future Made of Glass video was made for potential investors over a year-and-a-half ago and since that time the company has seen its stock price drop by about 50%.





I am not going into the financial analysis of the company in this space but I do find it incredible that Corning can see its market capitalization decrease so greatly at a time when the world can't get enough glass covered gadgets.











Broadsoft CEO Michael Tessler to Keynote StartupCamp6 at ITEXPO

September 25, 2012

While many of us take IP-based communications for granted, it is worth pointing out the market has gone through tremendous turmoil to get to where it is today. If you look back, 15 years ago communications service was provided by a handful of companies – the incumbents who are referred to in the US as RBOCs or ILECs and PTTs in many other parts of the world. Today there is a thriving ecosystem of competition with new entrants like Vonage and the cablecos which has been enabled by a handful of companies who had the foresight to make the important building-blocks which allowed communications to leave proprietary systems and leap to Intern Protocol.

One such company is Broadsoft and its CEO, Michael Tessler has been
at the helm for 14 years.

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