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Wesabe: Failure from a Founder's Perspective

October 1, 2010

TechCrunch has a great post describing how financial management website Wesabe lost to Mint and points to a blog post from founder Marc Hedlund who is up front and honest on why he believes his company failed and Mint won.

Whenever you can get the inner-most thoughts from a person who struggled to build a new company and was first but lost, you should listen.

Interestingly one lesson I took away from reading the post is KISS - keep it simple stupid. Apple and Skype have shown over and over that simplicity in interface design is what wins wars.

Here is an excerpt:

Mint focused on making the user do almost no work at all, by automatically editing and categorizing their data, reducing the number of fields in their signup form, and giving them immediate gratification as soon as they possibly could; we completely sucked at all of that. Instead, I prioritized trying to build tools that would eventually help people change their financial behavior for the better, which I believed required people to more closely work with and understand their data. My goals may have been (okay, were) noble, but in the end we didn't help the people I wanted to since the product failed.








VoIP Market up 13% This Year

October 1, 2010

Infonetics says the VoIP/UC space will be up 13% this year over last. It is no secret that the current business environment is very tough and this growth in a single and relatively mature sector of the market reminds us there are many sectors of tech and communications which are even younger and subsequently hold promise for even greater growth rates.

4G, M2M, backhaul, optical, smart grid, cloud - these are only a few sectors of the market which are poised to continue growth - even in a very challenging macroeconomic environment.

The timing of the report is good as Tom Keating points out - since ITEXPO takes place next week and numerous industries will converge in Los Angeles to learn more about communications and technology - virtually every important sector will be represented via numerous vendors.

We hope to see you there Oct 4-6, 2010.





Overview of ITEXPO West 2010 Events

September 30, 2010

Hi all, my marketing team was good enough to provide me with this comprehensive overview of ITEXPO and all the related events and content at the show which takes place Oct 4-6, 2010 - yes, next week. I hope this snapshot is something you find useful.

From Grids to Clouds, ITEXPO Has It Covered. So Much Value for Your Investment. Free Workshops, Great Networking, Amazing Keynotes, 12 Collocated Events.

Latest on 4G Wireless Evolution Event Next Week

September 29, 2010

Here is the latest on 4GWE which is collocated with ITEXPO next week in Los Angeles - Oct 4-6, 2010. See you there.


4G Wireless Evolution • October 4-6 • L. A. Convention Center 4G Conference Agenda Speaker List Register Contact Us Exhibitor List 4G Wireless Evolution Continues to Evolve
Check out the newly updated 4GWE conference brochure.
  • New Speakers
  • More Sessions
  • New Exhibitors
  • More Opportunities to Network

Download the 4GWE Conference Brochure
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The 4G Wireless Evolution conference is the epicenter of the communications and technology industry, but your conference experience doesn’t stop there.
Your 4GWE conference pass also includes:

4G Wireless Evolution

4GWE focuses on the evolution to a 4G infrastructure and the mobile broadband applications that it will enable. 4GWE represents the wireless ecosystem; from service providers seeking answers on delivering services and meeting demand, to device manufacturers and developers seeking to understand the killer 4G applications and the partners that will distribute these applications.



M2M Evolution

The M2M Evolution Conference embraces the any-to-any strategy of the Internet today.







Latest ITEXPO West 2010 Show Daily

September 28, 2010



The latest show daily for ITEXPO in LA is out and here are some headlines you may find of interest:

ALOE Systems to Exhibit Carrier Grade Softswitch Solutions at ITEXPO'Meet the HD Handset Vendors' Loaded with Chances to Win an IP phoneHD Voice - U.S. vs.



ITEXPO Article in Smart Business

September 22, 2010

Metaswitch Forum 2010 Photos

September 22, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Hotel Situation

September 21, 2010

Computer Makers: Get Cool or Get Dead

September 17, 2010

Earlier this decade the smartphone came on the scene to and in short order finished off the PDA. Now the tablet and the smartphone together are eroding the sales growth of notebooks. Recently in fact the CEO of Best Buy said tablets are eating into laptop sales by 50%!

I do not believe the iPad trend is a fad and I can safely say its sales will continue to pick up momentum based on the informal research I have done.

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