Six Pre-Requisites for the New Wave of Enterprise IT Security Solutions
Given that IT security is a $60 billion market, you might think that we have robust solutions for keeping enterprise networks and data protected. But you’d be wrong...
Curata Looking to Replace Google Reader with New Product
The imminent departure of Google Reader on July 1st of this year has created a rift in the future of online content curation. Competition among companies vying to fill the void...
2013 Will Be the Year of Multiple Apps for Enterprise Mobility
The days of an enterprise feeling good about
mobility leadership by piloting a mobile app or two are behind us. Survey
findings show that the new norm for enterprise mobile...
Ecommerce is a Slog - What's Your Angle?
There a bold piece by Marc Andreessen in PandoDaily announcing the "death of retail".
As an extension to the theme of "software will eat the world" it's
A Cloud Management Taxonomy
Introduction - Ever since Gartner released its projection that the cloud management market is expected to reach $3.3 billion in 2012,
it has become increasingly hard to...
Small Tablets Are Further Atomizing Ubiquitous Computing
I’ve been enjoying my iPad Mini for a couple months month now. I
thought seriously about getting a Nexus 7 (in fact gave one to my sister
as a gift recently), but because...
Content Marketing Ends Year on a High Note; Looks to 2013 for Continued Growth
was a huge year for the content marketing space, and 2013 is likely to follow
suit. A growing marketing tactic in both popularity and success, content
marketing is being...
Riding the Epic Wave
In our healthcare practice, we look to identify and invest in the
biggest trends in the marketplace. So what is the largest healthcare
trend today? If you ask healthcare...
Will SMS Go Beyond Social in 2013? Yes, Says TalkTo’s Stuart Levinson
billion SMS messages are sent per day, according to data from Forrester Research, most of them between friends or
family members. But Stuart Levinson, formerly an entrepreneur-in-residence...
Mobile Growth Stats
I did a NEDMA talk recently on
how companies can focus marketing efforts through their mobile plans.
The thesis of the talk was that in a world where everyone is accessing...
Windows 8 Product Strategy: Right Idea, Poor Execution
With Windows 8’s official release last week, many were shocked by the degree to which the new operating system departed from many longstanding Windows conventions...
The Changing Economics of Google AdWords [Infographic]
On the heels of Google’s “disappointing” earnings announcement last
Friday – they generated a whopping $10.8 billion in advertising revenues
in Q3 2012, up 5% from...
Building New Business Models Through Big Data Analytics
In the world of Big Data, there has been a flurry of
investments in the infrastructure layer. But activity on the analytic
application layer -- i.e. using Big Data tools to solve...
Apple Stores: Brilliant Branding but a New Product Speed Bump
Apple TV is an aberration from every other Apple product. Rather than
being an all-in-one device, Apple TV is a component that plugs into
One of the coolest startups - Recorded Future
When I use the phrase ‘cool startup,’ what comes to your mind?
Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? For me, one of the coolest startups in the
world is Recorded Future...
Social and eCommerce
In the wake of the Pinterest round valuing the company at $1.5B from
the Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten, it is hard not to notice that
social and ecommerce have...
The Slog Continues…
Last week the National Venture Capital Association (where I am on the
Executive Committee) and Thomson Reuters announced the 2Q12 fundraising
data for venture firms...
The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 2]
Last week I wrote about some of the common factors that have led great VC firms to stumble
or even fade from existence entirely. I wanted to follow-up with some...
The War on 'Free' Clicks: Think Nobody Clicks on Google Ads? Think Again!
If you use Google search (and who doesn’t), you may have noticed that
sponsored results (pay-per-click, or PPC, ads) have been taking over
more and more of the search...
The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1]
I happen to be fascinated by the history of the VC industry, and one of
the things we discussed at a recent offsite are the common threads
behind the rise and fall of great...
What is Crowdfunding?
Kickstarter and sites like it use the power of the internet to bring
groups of people together to fund a wide variety of artistic endeavors,
products, causes, and initiatives. These sites...
Building an Analytics-Driven Culture
If you haven’t read my friend Tom Davenport’s book Competing on Analytics (Harvard University Press, 2007), you should. If you have read it, it’s a really good time to read it...
Boston Mobile Madness
At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago,
I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston. Its not
that mobile focused startups are new to...
Thoughts on Pinterest
Pinterest is the hot new thing. The new kid on the blog. The new story in town. On hearing about it from multiple people, I decided to give it a shot. I
actually had to wait to be let in...
Don't be afraid of the platform
One of the paradoxes in building a large internet services or software
company is the challenge of building a platform. That is, creating a
technology base upon which your own...
Start Your Marketplace Engines
At NextView Ventures, we have a number of companies in our portfolio
which are “marketplace” businesses, where buyers and sellers meet to
exchange a good...
Reactions from CES 2012: The TV is the Next Frontier
The stories at CES this week were many, but the biggest one was our friend, the TV. The magnitude of the CES show is stunning: 150k attendees striding
through the bright lights...
What Industries Contributed to Google's $37.9 Billion in 2011 Revenues? [Infographic]
On the heels of Google’s “disappointing” earnings announcement last Thursday – they generated a whopping $37.9 billion in revenues in 2011
– we conducted our own analysis to...
Why Amazon is better positioned to win in the tablet world than hardware OEMs and what it means
Recently, I’ve been putting my strategist hat on with regards to tablet
ecosystems, both as a management consultant for CSMG, and in deciding
where to devote energy as a...
Android as we know it will die in the next two years and what it means for you
I used to think
that, as with Linux and web services in the early part of last decade,
Android was going to be the mortar for the Internet of post PC devices—
an essential ingredient...