Silicon Valley Watcher (About SVW)

2016
January
08,
2016
| 03:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
I feel very honored to be ranked #4 by LinkedIn as one of the "top 10 media writers of the year" in the debut of its "Top Voices of the year" list that named 80 writers across eight industry sectors.I also feel a little uncomfortable about drawing at...
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2015
May
21,
2015
| 09:45 AM America/Los_Angeles
It's been an exciting week, here at Delphix. The company made its first acquisition, Axis Technology Software, a Boston-based startup that has become the leader in data masking technologies.[The news release is here: Axis Technology and Delphix Partn...
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May
10,
2015
| 07:21 AM America/Los_Angeles
I pursued a job at Delphix for a simple reason. It is awesome. I rarely use that word and when I do, it is in its awe-inspiring original meaning.When I first met Jedidiah Yueh, the 40 year old CEO and founder of Delphix, more than two years ago, I wa...
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May
10,
2015
| 05:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
Just over ten years ago I jumped from one of the best jobs in my profession, Technology Correspondent at the Financial Times, into the curious world of "blogging."I had no idea what I was doing, how I would make rent or what "blogging" was, and how i...
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May
01,
2015
| 03:25 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Above) I was speaking at FutureComms14 conference in London last summer.I have some exciting news to share! I've joined Delphix, a hot Menlo Park based IT startup, in a senior editorial communications role.  I've been writing a lot over the past few...
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March
02,
2015
| 09:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sometimes the future is very predictable...Google Confirms Plans for Wireless Service - NYTimes.com by Brian Chen.A person briefed on Google’s plans... said the company wanted to make use of the fiber network it had installed in various cities to cre...
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2014
October
03,
2014
| 10:51 AM America/Los_Angeles
One of the high points of my summer was talking at the FutureComms14 conference in London. Organized by MyNewsDesk, a provider of corporate communications tools, it drew together a fascinating group of people interested in the emerging technologies o...
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June
10,
2014
| 05:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
 In 2009 I attended The Europas Awards in London (above), celebrating the best European tech startups. It was a very boozy, rowdy, and fun event presented by Mike Butcher, Editor of Techcrunch Europe.I couldn't make it this year but I'm sure that the...
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January
27,
2014
| 02:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
Tom Foremski writes syndicated and exclusive columns for the following publications.- ZDNet - the largest IT business news site. A division of CBS News. - Memeburn is the top startup news site in South Africa and is published by Matthew Buckland. ...
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2013
December
17,
2013
| 12:59 AM America/Los_Angeles
Om Malik, publisher of GigaOm, recently posted some thoughts about his 12 years of blogging and he came to the conclusion that blogs today are where he can aggregate all his fractured expressions across the web: Instagram photos, articles, comments, ...
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May
03,
2013
| 01:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
In three days I'm off to London for a week,  then Amsterdam, hopefully a few days in Berlin, and then Warsaw (above) returning in early June.I'll be making a series of presentations around my favorite topic: "Every Company Is A Media Company - the tr...
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February
07,
2013
| 12:13 AM America/Los_Angeles
Fridays is when I'll be publishing some of the guest posts people send me as part of a plan to open up SVW to additional voices. My choices won't necessarily reflect my opinions. If you'd like to participate send your article to editors@siliconvalley...
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2012
December
03,
2012
| 10:56 AM America/Los_Angeles
GE Global Software Center HQ in San Ramon, CA.I'm pleased to announce GE Global Software as a sponsor of Silicon Valley Watcher. GE Software is a new division, headquartered in San Ramon. Its mission is to speed software innovation within GE by devel...
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October
01,
2012
| 01:12 PM America/Los_Angeles
I was pleased to make the list of Biztech's "50 Must-Read IT Blogs 2012." Ricky Ribeiro reported:This year, we decided to invite our readers to throw their suggestions into the ring as well. The response to our call fornominations was amazing. We rec...
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April
13,
2012
| 02:58 PM America/Los_Angeles
(The spectacular Oracle Arena.) It was a dark and stormy evening but it was also Bollywood Night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland and I had two tickets to see the Golden State Warriors play the Dallas Mavericks -- thanks to Tibco Software. [Vivek Rana...
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2011
January
21,
2011
| 12:28 PM America/Los_Angeles
The other day I was invited by the San Francisco Blog Club to speak on the topic of writing tips. My talk was titled "From The Financial Times to Silicon Valley Watcher- 25 years of writing tips."I've worked in traditional media and in the "new media...
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2010
March
05,
2010
| 04:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
I first met Patrice Lamothe, co-founder of PearlTrees in November and became fascinated with the PearlTrees service because of the many ways it can be used, and because it is an example of a media technology that is closely integrated into the way pe...
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March
05,
2010
| 01:27 PM America/Los_Angeles
People like to talk about disruption but sometimes some people misunderstand the power of disruptive technologies.I've had companies tell me: "Yes, we know we are in danger of disruption but we see it, we can adapt, we can change and take advantage o...
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February
24,
2010
| 02:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
Social media is great at promoting social media experts but useless at promoting actual products and companies.I hardly see any product or company discussions in my Twitter or Facebook streams. I see occasional gripes about airlines, cable TV service...
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2009
May
05,
2009
| 12:29 AM America/Los_Angeles
Years ago, when I was still working at the Financial Times, I would go drinking with my buddies Dave Galbraith and Om Malik (GigaOm). We would go to Harringtons pub downtown San Francisco, usually on a Thursday evening.At the time (late 2003/early 20...
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April
27,
2009
| 10:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
[San Francisco Ferry Building Monday eve]In case you missed it, late last Friday I said I would publish your guest posts on Fridays. Why worry about feeding your blog, and maintaining an audience? Publish here on SVW (you can publish on your blog too...
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April
24,
2009
| 03:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
Keeping up a blog is hard work, you have to be consistent otherwise you lose your audience. Why not send me a guest post? That way you can establish your thought leadership without all the hard work of maintaining a blog.I'm announcing Guest Post Fri...
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February
23,
2009
| 10:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
Fridays with Foremski: panel discussionHere is the panel discussion from "Fridays with Foremski" a proposed weekly video series that showcases the extraordinary region of Silicon Valley.Panelists: Drew Clark (IBM Ventures) Jim Dempsey (Center...
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January
31,
2009
| 10:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
I don't like chain letters but I like the tone of this chain: Writing 25 random things about yourself and then "tagging" 25 others to invite them to do the same. I got tagged this morning . . .(If you read this consider yourself tagged :-) send me a ...
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January
07,
2009
| 01:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
I was hoping to escape the echo chamber of the Bay Area by going to CES in Las Vegas. I've only been partially successful so far.I flew in Wednesday morning and booked into Planet Hollywood. After a nap and some blog posts it was already evening. I s...
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2008
November
24,
2008
| 06:22 PM America/Los_Angeles
I've always been a little uncomfortable with the blogosphere's penchant for blatant self-promotion. However, the following videos are not completely all my doing :-)Here is the third video in a series that SanDisk commissioned as part of its "Life Mo...
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November
16,
2008
| 11:59 PM America/Los_Angeles
Microsoft is launching new Online Services at an event Monday Morning at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco (more details to come). I'll be part of a "Blogger Roundtable" at noon. I hope to see you there. Here is the line up:Salim IsmaelRod Boothby...
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November
05,
2008
| 06:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
- Thursday morning I'll be on a Bulldog Reporter panel:Top Tech Bloggers Share the New Rules of Pitching Online Influencers in TechnologyWith me will be: -- John Dvorak, Columnist, Marketwatch.com; Host, "Crankygeeks," "Tech5," "This Week in Tech," ...
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October
31,
2008
| 12:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
Virtualization in the data center promises to make IT less expensive and more adaptable. It can improve the efficiency of data centers and help companies turn on a dime in terms of deploying applications and responding to spikes in business.Virtualiz...
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October
08,
2008
| 05:56 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'm often asked "what are you working on?" My usual reply is whatever I find interesting. Well, this time I have a more specific answer. I'm working on a Virtualization Summit with BrightTALK that will be audio broadcast as a webinar on November 4 an...
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