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Open Letter to LinkedIn

What started as a neat online rolodex evolved into a business networking site, but now is a lousy version of Facebook....

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API of the Week: Stitch Labs Adds Flexibility to Omnichannel Commerce

As the number of sales channels explodes, companies look to automation to help them manage inventory across them all. From Amazon to...

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ITW and the Importance of Services

As many of you know, ITW has historically been about wholesale voice minutes exchange.  But as voice minutes exchange has lessened in...

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All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need....

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API of the Week: Use Flowroute to Access the Multibillion Dollar Telecom API Space

Flowroute is one of the companies in technology that “gets it” when it comes to APIs. Yes, I know APIs aren’t new…...

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

If you want your company to have a tremendous valuation, make it an integral part of a platform which allows others to...

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The Growing Importance of VoWiFi Beyond VoLTE

Last week, I wrote about the importance of VoWiFi as an extension to the VoLTE strategy.  When you look at the chart...

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Catching the Corner of My Eye!

November 1, 2010

-       We as an Industry are consolidating Profitablly.

Sparked by the ViVo acquistion efforts in Brazil the Headlines today are from the WSJ about Telefonica and their expansion.  We are friendly with many of their company employees from O2 in Europe and Movistar in Latin America.  The article's quote César Alierta, CEO of Telefonica is very true to our experience of key personnel in these companies representing the management of capital and brand.

"The key factor for Telefónica to do anything is: first, human resources. Second, money," he explains.

You Can Never have Enough Friends

October 31, 2010

Nice Astricon Event

October 29, 2010

Sprint Displays Some Benevolent Behavior

October 18, 2010


A big player in both the cell carrier and wireless broadband arenas, Sprint has been doing assorted charity work in some of the more vital U.S. markets. In the past week alone, two press releases have been issued regarding Sprint's philanthropy. If analyzed acutely, there may be some clues in the patterns of Sprint's contributions to local charities.


In the last couple of days Sprint has made charitable donations in Atlanta and Chicago, to help remedy the technological deficiencies specific to each community.



Sprint Executives Resign From Clearwire Board Due to Anti-Trust Laws

October 5, 2010

The three Sprint (S) executives that were residing on the Clearwire(CLWR) board have resigned, leading many to question the stability of the company. Sprint, owning 54%, is the majority shareholder of Clearwire. With three empty seats on the board and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse available to perhaps sit on another board, have more investment options been opened for both Sprint and Clearwire?

At face value, the reasoning for Sprint's resignation from the board is sound.

LA the Other California

October 3, 2010

We have arrived in LA and the difference between movies and computers is an interesting one.  Content may be king in LA but apps are the story after Mobilize.

It's fitting that we are producing our version of the blend with 4G Wireless Evolution Television.  We are following our friend Bob Bowman's, CEO of MLB.com, advice and charging for it because we have real costs. 

You pay $1.00 for iTunes, so why not $20.00 for 20 hours of hearing the artists that make the technology that delivers the iTunes.

Here in LA Mobile Video is about entertainment, in Northern California the Mobilze story was the over the top folks.  During App Time we have Ramu Sunkara founder of QiK speaking with friends who do telecollaboration.

While segmenting the market always makes sense, the consumer has a problem understanding why broadcast quality can be delivered for free on the Internet, and Telecollaboration costs so much.

Another dimension comes from the posting on social networks of people's personal video and likes from various (sometimes pirated) places.

In the end it may be that these markets have to find some blending.  A video water cooler that allows point to point and commentary, entertainment and conversation. 

I am looking forward to experimenting, learning and generally entertained by the conversations we are having while we are here.  I expect I am

Tags: 4GWE, AppTime, Bob Bowman, Gigaom, iTunes, MLB, Mobile Video, Mobilize, QiK, Ramu Sunkara, Telecollaboration

















Streaming (& Archiving) 4GWE.

October 2, 2010

The last three years have been pretty amazing.  Thanks to Apple's iPhone we finally got to see what its like to have "full" access to the Internet.  The iPhone shifted everyone's strategies, and where LTE looked like it would be slow to develop we now have initial implementations in scattered areas around the world.

However, this is no longer about the transport; it's about the application demand.  Having verified the insatiable appetite the carriers are now racing to find ways to expand the coverage and recover the cost.

The question is can Wireless have parity with the customer's Internet experience at home and at work. 

While many will tell you that the Web is dead, the reality is the Internet evolves.  From a research project, to a modem extended email system, to the web , to music, to movies and now to mobile.

There is Something about a Tablet

September 30, 2010

Rich Tehrani was sitting with his wife and kids and his IPad at the lunch table.

The discussion turned to why the IPad was acceptable at the lunch table while a laptop would not be.

Here at Mobilize I am hearing the same thing from Nicolas Negroponte voice the same opinion about tablets.

Tablets can become part of the social experience acceptable as part of our culture?

Tags: Apple, Gigaom, iPad, Marvel, mobilize, Nicolas Negronte, Rich Tehrani, tablets







Is Clearwire on the Market

September 30, 2010

According the Wall Street Journal Dan Hesse the CEO of Sprint and two other execs have resigned from the board of Clearwire.

This indicates some interesting issues as to why now.  Sprint owns 54% of Clearwire, but it does not have board control.  So why is AntiTrust an issue Now. 

If you want to look for a likely suitor,  Who would you vote for? T-Mobile, One of Cable companies?  Google?  Could it be that Sprint wants to bring all of the Clearwire back into the fold?  Or does it suggest a split in the unified network strategy?

Tags: Clearwire, Comcast, Dan Hesse, Google, Sprint





Over the Top - Money

September 30, 2010

Who cares if you carriers billing system is working right? when you have all these options to pay from the web.  Once again the mobile Internet is really just the Internet. 

Watching a panel of companies at Gigaom's Mobilize of companies successful in mobile payments.  But it is all over the top. 

The companies include Boku, Groupe Hi-Media, Mastercard, Paypal, Zong

Interesting Geoff of Mastercard, has not brought up Smart Cards.

Tags: Boku, Gigaom, Groupe Hi-Media, JP Finnel, Mastercard, Mobilize, Paypal, Zong

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