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December 2 2011
by John Backus

The Future of Television

Have you looked at your cable bill lately? Mine is $240 a month. Ok, take out $40 for Internet service and $30 for phone service, and I am paying $170 for television in three rooms, with all of the attendant cable box rentals, DVR fees etc. For what? How many channels do we REALLY watch […]

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November 2 2011
by John Backus

A Tech Bubble? Boom? or Bust?

Not a day goes by without another doomsday prediction for technology companies and investors. The sky is falling! The tech bubble is about to burst! Get out while you can! Comparisons to Nasdaq’s 5046 March 2000 peak — and subsequent crash to below 2000 — rule the day. What does this mean to entrepreneurs and […]

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October 21 2011
by John Backus

Why Entrepreneurs and Obama should Care About Capital Gains Taxes

I had the privilege last week of interviewing Steve Case, on stage, in a sold-out, standing room only event hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Steve has been active lately as an angel investor through Revolution Ventures, as a late stage investor through Revolution Partners, as a cheerleader for entrepreneurship, running the Startup America […]

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October 18 2011
by John Backus

6 Ways to Build a Business: Go Big or Do it From Home

Build your small business around a successful big business and your odds of success are high. Not a week goes by when an entrepreneur pitching me to land venture capital funding tells me that they are going to be the next Google, Facebook and Apple. As a venture capitalist, I like and invest in ambitious […]

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October 6 2011
by John Backus

iPad vs Fire – The Winner may Surprise You!

As a VC, I felt compelled to write my first blog for Huffington Post – which I have also posted here –  inspired by one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time: Steve Jobs. He was a brilliant inventor. His creations left an indelible mark on the world. And he left some important lessons to […]

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September 2 2011
by John Backus

AT&T’s Sneaky Pricing: Customer Service #Fail!

If customer service matters, then the DOJ should block AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile. OK, a bit draconian, but, now I have your attention. I have been an AT&T wireless customer for a long time.  In fact we have 3 AT&T wireless accounts in our house, all with pricey iPhone data plans.  I also have the […]

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July 30 2011
by John Backus

Worst Analysis of Entrepreneurship and VCs EVER!

Wow.  It isn’t often that I drop everything after I read and article and feel compelled to respond. But I was dumbstruck when I read this piece in the Washington Post today. It was titled:  Five myths about entrepreneurs.  In around 1000 words, he went on to trash the National Venture Capital Association, Peter Thiel, […]

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May 12 2011
by John Backus

E-Commerce 2.0: The Birth of Companies Worth $50B in Market Value

A new wave of e-commerce is upon us, but most people do not yet understand it. No, I am not talking about fashion flash sales here (though Gilt, Moda Operandi and Zulily are building very valuable businesses here.) And no, I am not talking about the wave of discount group buying that Groupon, LivingSocial and […]

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March 10 2011
by John Backus

The Best Place to Set-up your Startup

VentureBeat recently ran an article I authored that looked at the investing trends on the East Coast. Please check it out here: What fascinated me was that for the last 10+ years, Silicon Valley and the East Coast I-95 corridor have accounted for for 2/3 of all US venture investments. And in any given year, […]

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February 9 2011
by John Backus

Verizon’s Sneaky iPhone Data Throttling Strategy: Can You Hear me Now?

I think the Verizon iPhone is going to be big, for Verizon as well as for Apple. While it is not going to derail the proliferation of Android phones, I do think it will slow down the Android penetration, for a while, at least in the United States. But is Verizon trying to pull a […]

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