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  • It’s Not About Creating Another Silicon Valley But Preventing Another Motor City

    It’s Not About Creating Another Silicon Valley But Preventing Another Motor City

    Many iconic founders grew up in Michigan. When you have a state with the highest concentration of engineering degrees in the country, there is a high probability that you’ll have a lot of babies who will want to build products. But why are these job creators moving away to set up their companies somewhere else? Is it the snow? The Detroit Lions, maybe? I believe you can look at the… Read More

  • How The Internet Killed Profit

    How The Internet Killed Profit

    New eras in technology have always brought a fear of job losses and the devastation of legacy industries, but the Internet has taken us beyond “creative destruction.” It’s destroying the very foundations of business. Software is indeed eating the world, in Marc Andreessen’s words, and we’re presented with an abundance of value being generated for consumers, but… Read More

  • The #Gamergate Answer

    The #Gamergate Answer

    In response to my article last week I got a fair degree of heated comments, but most civil ones said that the gamergate issue was about journalistic integrity. Is it? Or is it actually about the culture of games? And how does that affect the industry going forward? Read More

  • Putting Smartphone Zombies In Their Place

    Putting Smartphone Zombies In Their Place

    City planners are charged with designing cities for residents, from developing spaces for popular activities to balancing the needs of different constituencies. For planners in Chongqing, China, one of those constituencies are people absorbed in their smartphones, who have come into conflict with another group, often called human beings. So the city has done the obvious thing when two… Read More

  • Mobile Payments Are Finally A Reality Thanks To Apple

    Mobile Payments Are Finally A Reality Thanks To Apple

    A song lyric from “All That Jazz” comes to mind following Apple’s big announcement about mobile payments on Tuesday: “Everything old is new again.” Amid rumors and leaks surrounding the new Apple phone, operating system and peripherals, Apple clearly saw – and took advantage of – the looming perfect storm in mobile payments that’s been swirling… Read More

  • A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    You can call it a Virtual Personal Assistant, an Intelligent Agent, an Intelligent Interface or whatever you wish. We call it inevitable. The era of the assistant that began with Siri will eventually dominate the way people interact with mobile devices, computers, cars, wearables, appliances and every other piece of technology that requires complex human-machine interaction. We do not appear… Read More

  • Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush

    Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush

    Considering how important proprietary deal flow has become as a tool for differentiation within venture capital, it’s surprising that more VCs aren’t shopping in the South. They simply aren’t looking at the concepts and companies coming out of Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and other Southern startup hubs. At best, VCs might have a token startup on their roster… Read More

  • Technologists’ Duty Can Go Beyond For-Profit Industries

    Technologists’ Duty Can Go Beyond For-Profit Industries

    Early last year, I wrote an article explaining how our team views the concept of duty for leaders in the technology ecosystem. We believe that this duty involves looking beyond conventional startups to study complex industries and using technology to tackle the biggest problems we can find. Read More

  • The Music Industry Is About To Change, And Apple And U2 Are Just The Beginning

    The Music Industry Is About To Change, And Apple And U2 Are Just The Beginning

    Of all industry roller coasters, the music industry must be the wildest. The last 30 years reshaped the business in a way we never could have imagined. Music as a product changed dramatically (e.g. from LPs to MP3s) and the ups-and-downs in worldwide sales would make the most hardened theme park visitor queasy. Nonetheless, we have yet to experience the biggest switchback on this… Read More

  • Twitter’s Huge Mistake

    Twitter’s Huge Mistake

    The worst tech news I read last week was: “Twitter CFO says a Facebook-style filtered feed is coming, whether you like it or not.” The horrified firestorm of condemnation that erupted in response was the first time I’ve ever seen anything like unanimity on my Twitter feed. Fortunately, it seems it’s not actually happening. (At least not any time soon.) Read More

  • The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t

    The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t

    Three years ago this week, Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence, released it online to a staggering 180,000 students, and started a “revolution in higher education.” Soon after, Coursera, Udacity and others promised free access to valuable content, supposedly delivering a disruptive solution that would solve massive student debt and a… Read More

  • Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check

    Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check

    Data is more varied and fast-moving than ever, and analyzing it effectively now requires highly sophisticated software and machinery. But where does big data analytics leave the good old-fashioned hunch? What if the data tells a business manager to ‘jump’ but her intuition says ‘stay’? Read More

  • Sued As A Young Startup? Don’t Surrender

    Sued As A Young Startup? Don’t Surrender

    Patent trolls are on the offensive, using weak patents to go after young tech startups with the hopes of securing licensing deals. These trolls bank on the assumption that these young companies will pay without putting up a fight in order to avoid the high cost of a long drawn out litigation. Read More

  • Corporate America, Your Future Engineers Aren’t Attending Career Fairs Anymore

    Corporate America, Your Future Engineers Aren’t Attending Career Fairs Anymore

    Like the Western black rhino, hieroglyphics and video stores, college career fairs may soon be a relic of the past — particularly when it comes to recruiting software engineers. Read More

  • Navigating The Reality Of Cloud, Mobile And SaaS

    Navigating The Reality Of Cloud, Mobile And SaaS

    The websites of most VCs have a stated investment thesis in SaaS, cloud, mobile, social or some combination of each. Are these really investment theses? Still? No, they are realities. This is worrisome. While SaaS, Cloud, Mobile and Social have been drivers of big success for many funds and entrepreneurs over the past five years, theses-turned-realities cannot continue to drive outsized returns. Read More

  • The #Gamergate Question

    The #Gamergate Question

    Depending on how closely you follow the gaming and tech press, you may have heard of #gamergate. Those of us inside the industry have. This week it’s essentially all we’ve been able to talk about. How has this reactionary movement spawned from sexist roots managed to go so far, and what does it say about the industry? Read More

  • Barbarians At The Password Gate

    Barbarians At The Password Gate

    We’re now using the Internet for a wide range of everyday activities, including online banking, stock trading, online shopping, bill paying, socializing, gaming, entertainment and online research. In the last few years there’s been a massive growth in the number of social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Craigslist, Instagram, Tumblr. We share all kinds… Read More

  • Netflix Vs. Verizon Vs. Consumer: Who Wins?

    Netflix Vs. Verizon Vs. Consumer: Who Wins?

    Today’s consumer is streaming more video than ever before. Netflix alone has increased its subscribers by more than 20 million in the past two years, totaling 50 million subscribers as of Q2 2014. It’s no wonder, then, that the increase in video consumption is not without consequences for streaming services and Internet service providers (ISPs). Read More

  • Turning The Phone Call Into The New Click

    Turning The Phone Call Into The New Click

    Remember the days when you’d pull out a phone book when you needed to contact a business for more information? Today, those yellow phone books get a quizzical look from my kids as we lug them directly to the recycle bin. These days, a few keystrokes and clicks allow us to conduct detailed research on a product and even complete our transaction online. This evolution has defined the… Read More

  • Why Breach Detection Is Your New Must-Have, Cyber Security Tool

    Why Breach Detection Is Your New Must-Have, Cyber Security Tool

    Cyber attacks are all over the news, and it seems like no one is immune — Home Depot, Target, Adobe and eBay included. So why are CIOs still fighting cyber criminals with one hand tied behind their backs? Shockingly, most companies are still relying on outdated, only partially effective methods to protect their sensitive data, mainly with technology that focuses on preventing… Read More