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August 2013

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Two Lessons From The Woz

August 29, 2013

The big keynote for ITEXPO West 2013 was Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and Steve Jobs' best buddy. It was a packed house for this Titan of Tech. The Woz talks fast without taking a breath or a sip of water. Tom Keating says it is because his brain works so fast. (I guess that mean my brain doesn't work fast.)

Pong, Atari, mainframes, HAM radio - it was like a tech time machine.

Doubling Your Sales

August 29, 2013

The Power of Cable

August 29, 2013

Agents and VARs want to sell cable - mainly due to demand from small business. The price points and the advertised speeds make cable attractive.

However, the cable guys really only want to sell direct. Period.

ITEXPO Lunch

August 27, 2013

Do You Have the Right Sales Team?

August 27, 2013

Thinking Phones sells to the mid-market of 300 to 1000 employees. VBrick sells six and seven figure video distribution systems. EarthLink sells everything from email to T1's to VPS. AVER is in the sub-$1000 video conferencing devices.

More Than Just VoIP Now

August 26, 2013

The ITEXPO used to be the primary VoIP show. Today as we launch the pre-show, I notice that none of the press releases are about VoIP. Hardly any are even about UC (unified communications). There is a lot of noise around M2M.

The Population Problem

August 22, 2013

At TEDx ManchesterVillage, one of the talks was about the how the population in Vermont was flipping to over 50. The 20-39 year olds were leaving Vermont. The economy cannot sustain a drain of young workers for retirees. Many states - like Florida and Arizona - have this problem.

Shiny Object Syndrome

August 21, 2013

In my local and business interactions there are a lot of entrepreneurs and start-up co-founders. Many of them have what I call Shiny Object Syndrome. Everything is the next new and shiny thing.

We live in a society that wants to multi-task to seem more productive.

Fastest Way to Raise Revenue

August 19, 2013

Some Ideas to Play With

August 16, 2013

What to Do About Dipping revenue and Profits?

August 15, 2013

These headlines are worrisome.

Weaker-Than-Expected Channel Sales Impact CenturyLink

tw telecom Revenue Grows, Profit Dips

Windstream Profit Falls 22%, Business-Service Revenue Up

Revenue is up, profit is down.

Info You Need That I Didn't Blog About

August 14, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has some big deadlines including Oct. 1, 2013. See more here.

Google tells the court, ""a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.". And that sound you heard was the thud of US cloud companies hopes and revenues declining.

Convergence is Upon Us

August 11, 2013

For years we talked about converging voice and data. Now that most voice traffic is VoIP riding on data networks (cellular, broadband, T1, MPLS, etc.), we can say Converged. But there is another convergence happening - the world of telco and IT. CompTIA, Cloud Services Community and other groups are working hard to get VARs to either become telecom agents or work with them.

One Good Reason for CRM

August 11, 2013

The Snowden Effect (on Business)

August 9, 2013

TechCrunch has two articles about two email hosting providers who have shut down their business. Lavabit was the email service for Snowden, the NSA whistleblower. After government intervention, the owner shut down.

The owner left this note:

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Silent Circle shut down their email operations because they didn't want to deal with the USG (3 letters that represent all the 3 letter agencies in the US).

The Lottery Mentality

August 9, 2013

"Girls star and generational lighting rod Lena Dunham made her big debut in New York City politics yesterday," according to the MIami New Times.

""Recent college graduates, she said, are 'struggling to find jobs and pay the rent and if they struggle for too long, they're leaving New York' for other cities, 'even Tampa,'" reports Capital NY on Dunham's remarks."

In Tampa Bay, there is always someone squawking about how to build a startup community, a Creative City, or how to get people to stay. Then I find out that just about every county in the US is facing the same dilemma. Strange, right?

The ITEXPO Preview

August 9, 2013

Video is Going to be Big

August 7, 2013

Cisco did a survey of young execs. They predict video will be big. You'll see.

"A global study announced today by Cisco revealed that the majority of these next-generation executives intend to depend heavily upon business-class video to connect with their teams, colleagues, suppliers, customers and prospects, as well as to help their businesses deliver new products and services."

"The 2013 Cisco Global Young Executives' Video Attitudes Survey gives insight into what management-track leaders aged 34 and under think about business-class video": "Three out of five young executives say they will rely more heavily on business-class video during the next five to 10 years." <-- in the next 5 years!

Channel Sales Enablement Part 4: Obstacles

August 7, 2013

When performing channel sales enablement, there are often obstacles. Here is a look at a few of the obstacles.

The Product Manager can be a help or a hindrance. Success of the product depends upon sales, but sometimes control of the product gets in the way of sales.

A Look at Some Numbers

August 7, 2013

A look at the results from a few companies.

EarthLink announced 2Q2013 Results: Revenues for 2Q2013 is $313.4 million, "which is net of $1.9 million of revenues reclassified to Discontinued Operations." CFO speak. Besides good revenue numbers, EarthLink made the Talking Cloud 100 list, as one of the fastest growing MSPs!

"EarthLink's Retail growth business, which includes MPLS, Hosted VoIP and IT Services, reached an approximate $157 million annualized revenue run rate in the second quarter of 2013." They now look at Wholesale of MPLS, VoIP and IT as Growth Products.

The 5 Things That make a Conference Great

August 2, 2013

I am a co-organizer for two big events per year in Tampa - BarCamp Tampa Bay and IGNITE Tampa. I attend at least 10 conferences per year. There are 5 things that are required to make a conference great.

The Venue.

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