Silicon Valley Watcher (Disruptive)

2017
October
12,
2017
| 02:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
Ideas generated by General Electric’s workforce will produce more than $5 billion in production cost savings said Joshua Mook (above), engineering leader at GE speaking at a conference in San Francisco for users of Brightidea’s innovation managem...
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2016
June
28,
2016
| 04:56 PM America/Los_Angeles
 Is blockchain technology the second coming of the Internet? That seems to be the enthusiastic message from many new startups that I meet with and also from top business consultants such as Don Tapscott, who authored with his son Alex Tapscott, the r...
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2015
October
14,
2015
| 01:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
Weber Shandwick had a great turnout for its Future of Media event moving it to FAME on Broadway, a larger location in the heart of North Beach. And we had a rare all-woman panel after the lone male dropped out.The moderator said it was a pleasure to ...
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2013
July
28,
2013
| 01:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
This is a huge deal, not only in size: $35 billion, but also in its impact on global markets; it topples Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP; and it's bad news for Silicon Valley companies such as Google [$GOOG] and Facebook [$FB]. Bloomberg reporters Kristen S...
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July
25,
2013
| 03:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
Amazon [$AMZN] reported revenue up 22 per cent in its most recent quarter and a net loss of 2 cents a share compared with a profit of one cent a year ago. It missed Wall Street estimates of  5 cents per share profit.Despite the large miss its share p...
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July
04,
2013
| 04:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
It was a spirited turnout for the Restore the Fourth march and protest attracting more than 400 people in San Francisco. The march and rally ended up at the AT&T building (ahove), which has housed an NSA spy room revealed by a whistle blower in 2006....
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June
28,
2013
| 02:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
There's a revolution in education taking place, many people have told me about the excellent education people can get through online courses, many of them free, some of them from top schools.It's a disruptive trend. No, it's not.The top schools won't...
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April
22,
2013
| 02:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
Jaron Lanier, an early Internet pioneer, talks with FT Business about the new digital economies, and why free information is not a good idea.Mr. Lanier says he was one of the first in advocating digitizing the music industry and he used to argue that...
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2012
April
04,
2012
| 01:08 AM America/Los_Angeles
(A Google engineer models 'Project Glass.')The Google video of its Project Glass, wearable glasses concept is much more than a gimmick, it's a preview of a brilliant business strategy. Take a look:Project Glass: One day... - YouTubeGoogle's augmented...
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January
10,
2012
| 01:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
Jeff Bezos is getting a lot more attention these days from the media and it's for all the right reasons: he has a distinct vision and his success is hard earned.I had the great pleasure of meeting Jeff Bezos a few years ago (above, with Matt Greeley ...
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2011
December
01,
2011
| 04:56 PM America/Los_Angeles
Peter Dengate-Thrush, the recent chairman of ICANN, the Internet regulatory body, warned that opposition to ICANN's new top level domain names (TLDs) could encourage some countries to split from the Internet.In an interview with SVW, he said oppositi...
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September
26,
2011
| 02:57 AM America/Los_Angeles
My son told me about a breakthrough ad strategy he stumbled upon for his affiliate businesses: reduce your Google AdWords spend, yes, you drop down from #1 in the Google advertising order to #3 or so, but the conversion rate is still good and it's co...
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2010
April
21,
2010
| 08:08 AM America/Los_Angeles
Updated: Global media companies are evaluating business models around a publishing medium with unique properties. Here's some of its specs:- Instant on.- Preserves data without power.- High resolution.- Portable.-Shareable.- Can survive being dropped...
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March
21,
2010
| 02:14 AM America/Los_Angeles
One of my favorite entrepreneurs is Barak Hachamov, co-founder of My6Sense, the developer of a very interesting iPhone application that manages your content feeds, feeding you only the content that matters to you.It's a great application, but I don't...
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March
21,
2010
| 09:46 PM America/Los_Angeles
Excellent column in NYTimes by Yochai Benkler, a professor and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.Op-Ed Contributor - Ending the Internet's Trench Warfare - NYTimes.comImagine that for $33 a month you cou...
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March
19,
2010
| 09:47 AM America/Los_Angeles
I caught up with Kieran Hannon the other day. He was in the Bay Area for a meeting with the Irish prime minister (he's on the board of Enterprise Ireland) and I realized it had been a good few years since I had last seen him. He used to be co-managin...
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March
17,
2010
| 03:54 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Internet is huge but it's a hodgepodge of hundreds of thousands of smaller, private networks, connected through thousands of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and dozens of backbones operated by the large Telcos and service providers.Moving data ...
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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
15,
2010
| 05:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
The excellent Atlantic Monthly published this article: Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?. It's about the origin of the De Beers organization, which sells diamonds. As I was reading it it struck me that there might be some lessons here for the ne...
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February
09,
2010
| 04:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Google Buzz introduction was impressive in that it attempts to link together so many Internet services, and there will be more added in the near future.Friendfeed (now owned by Facebook) attempted to do the same but Friendfeed suffered from a...
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February
08,
2010
| 09:37 AM America/Los_Angeles
I never believed in online shopping price comparison services. Because I never believed that retailers would allow their sites to be scraped and their prices easily compared.Why would they do that? What advantage is there in allowing third-party serv...
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February
02,
2010
| 02:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
Rick Edmonds, over on Poynter Online, notes that the classified ads sector dropped to $6 billion in 2009. This compares with $10 billion in 2008, and $19.6 billion in 2000.Much of that drop can be attributed to Craigslist, which doesn't charge any mo...
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January
27,
2010
| 01:07 PM America/Los_Angeles
Foremski's Take: My first impression of Apple iPad is that its low price of $499 is due to the fact that it's basically a storefront for Apple's iTunes and iBooks online store.It looks like there is no Adobe Flash video support, or Microsoft Silverli...
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January
08,
2010
| 12:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
I've been meeting a lot of media people, and having the same conversation, how difficult it is to make a living. Even if you work for a 'new media' publisher, it's tough to make a living as a media professional.I shouldn't be surprised about all the ...
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January
04,
2010
| 08:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
With all the fuss around Google's Nexus One phone I was reminded of the words of @shitmydadsays:"Son, no one gives a shit about all the things your cell phone does. You didn't invent it you just bought it. Anyone can do that."Anyone can spec out a ph...
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January
03,
2010
| 04:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
A massive dislocation in the crust of the media landscape caused by self-publishing media technologies will raise a media Tsunami that will wash away at the value of all media.The media is dead, long live the media. We now have more media, in more fo...
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2009
December
31,
2009
| 11:44 AM America/Los_Angeles
The British call this decade (2000s) "The Noughties" from "nought" also known as zero in most English speaking countries. John McCrea, from Plaxo, writes about his top ten events of this decade.These are:- The Dot Com Bubble Collapse.- Broadband and ...
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November
02,
2009
| 03:32 AM America/Los_Angeles
Ribbit, the SIlicon Valley based subsidiary of BT, the UK telecom giant, this morning launched its Ribbit Mobile service which offers a suite of products ranging from control over phone lines to transcription of voice mail--all managed from a web bro...
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April
13,
2009
| 05:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
Mary Coughlan, the Tanaiste, or Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, is in Redwood City this evening announcing a deal between Ireland's innovative telecommunications company Cubic Telecom, and Qik, the popular cell phone based video blogging service.Cu...
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February
03,
2009
| 01:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
I come across a lot of people that believe that the media is making the downturn worse because it reports on negative stories. I wish it were true because then the media could turn around this recession by writing positive stories--it would be a lot ...
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