Friday, June 29, 2012

Learning by failing leads to success!

This great Wired article about PaletteCase is telling the story of how startups iterates and pivots when finding that their current way of doing business does not work. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"You can not out-Facebook, Facebook"

Matt Fischer, VP of product management and development at Malaysian WiMax operator YTL communications recently said at CommunicAsia "The biggest threat to [telecom operators] is venture capitalists", according to TotalTelecom.

I agree with his conclusion that operators cannot out-innovate the OTT players for several reasons. 

Microsoft Surface, the race is on and Google may be in trouble

After the Microsoft Surface tablet announcement today it is clear that Microsoft is pulling no punches in the mobile space!

While Microsoft still after the presentation have everyone guessing about pricing, release dates as well as some of the specs, most people who were there appear to think that the device itself, its design and UI is definitely up to par.

Monday, June 18, 2012

WhatsApp channels Fight Club in anti-advertising manifesto

I just stumbled upon this great blog post from the WhatsApp team, explaining why they do not advertise.

More competition and smartphone subsidies are needed, not less.

Yesterday I read this great comparison between the UK and US smartphone markets in The Guardian. I think it fairly well outlines how far the US wireless market has to go to become competitive and reach wider smartphone adoption.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Rumors of fed investigation into cable industry data-caps

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Justice Department has initiated an investigation into possible anti-competitive practices by US cable companies through their introduction of data-caps.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lenovo brings no-contract broadband to laptops. Thinks outside of the box.

Lenovo recently announced that they would bring no-contract 3G connectivity to their laptops. The service which is available immediately on select models and in major markets.

Consider this hiring strategy for your startup!

Today I read this great article in Forbes by David K. Williams and was impressed by how well he made the case for hiring "under-qualified" candidates versus superstars.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LightSpeed raise $30M on their way to make purpose-built POS HW obsolete.

VentureBeat reports today that LightSpeed, the App-based point-of-sale (POS) startup has raised $30M in funding.

Recommended reading for budding Kickstarter entrepreneurs

Wired yesterday posted this great article outlining the potential for failure for even the most well prepared and staffed Kickstarter projects. It follows another wired article about a month and a half old.

AT&T CEO promotes increased and transparent regulation of wireless spectrum.

Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T recently published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal where he raises some valid points about how wireless spectrum is awarded in the US.

The three main points Mr. Stephenson is making (which I agree with) are: 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Traders use social media big data trends as market analysis. From now on, only positive tweets!

I recently read this article in the Post about how financial analysts and traders are able to use information about what is trending on Twitter or Facebook to assist in their trading decisions. It is a great example of what is possible when harnessing big data.

Have you developed a mobile App? Watch this presentation about App Store strategies!

If you have developed a mobile App or are planning to do so, you should watch this great presentation by Todd Moore. I was able to attend the MoDev Meetup this Wednesday at TeqCorner and watch this first hand.