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September 18 2014
by Todd Hixon

Microsoft After Ballmer

In most cases, corporate directors change the CEO because they are not happy with results and believe that a different executive can do better. If I were a Microsoft shareholder*, I would be concerned that the board will direct the new CEO to do a better job of executing strategies that Ballmer could not execute, like winning […]

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September 18 2014
by Todd Hixon

Two Weeks With A Dumb Phone

I’m just back from a two week trip to Asia, and because my smart phone talks to the Verizon CDMA network, I couldn’t use it*. My GSM back-up phone is an old Moto flip phone that I keep on my wife’s AT&T account. So for two weeks my phone was a “feature” phone (as the industry calls […]

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June 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

Is Microsoft The Next IBM?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on August 12, 2013.] The parallels here are interesting, and of course the irony is marvelous. If you roll back to the early 1990s, you see IBM entrenched with enterprise* customers, Apple holding the consumer’s imagination with the best products, other companies strong in key niches (Novell in network operating systems, Sun in […]

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June 6 2014
by Todd Hixon

Non-Competes: Hidden Hand-Cuffs For Entrepreneurs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 17, 2014.] The non-compete issue is heating up again in Massachusetts, and none too soon. Enforceable non-compete agreements put Massachusetts start-ups at a big disadvantage to Silicon Valley. Non-compete law needs to get fixed here and in any other region that aspires to a world-class innovation ecosystem. […]

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May 7 2014
by Todd Hixon

Do You Want To Understand Your Health Risks?

FDA Slaps Personal Genomics Startup 23andMe With Stiff Warning – Forbes. Spit, Genes, and the FDA – Marketplace. Linda Avey co-founder of personal genomics and biotechnology company 23andMe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Huge buzz arose from news of the FDA’s warning letter to 23andMe, the personal-genetic-profile-for-$99 startup, demanding that it “immediately discontinue marketing its Personal […]

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May 7 2014
by Todd Hixon

Beware Of Startups That Want To Pivot

The term “pivot” has gained aura and prominence, in large measure due to its place in Eric Ries’ “lean start-up” method. Eric outlines some of his thinking in the video linked below. Eric uses “pivot” to mean a change in the path you take to achieve your vision: maintain the vision, but keep experimenting to […]

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February 21 2014
by Todd Hixon

Insights From An Exclusive Healthcare Banker Conference

This year’s JP Morgan Healthcare conference brought 9,000 investors and 400 companies together in San Francisco. The conference gave a strong impression that change is happening fast, and CEOs described how the change affects their businesses and laid out their strategies to adapt and profit from it. This is the top U.S. conference for healthcare investors. An […]

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February 21 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will Apple’s Next Products Move The Needle?

Tim Cook’s New Innovation Strategy For Apple, Right On Time – Forbes. [This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 16, 2013. It's a few months old now, but the situation is much the same.] As the post cited above describes, Apple says it is having its “most innovative year ever”, and it is poised to launch […]

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January 14 2014
by Todd Hixon

Higher Education Is Now Ground Zero For Disruption

Why? US Higher Ed has a product that does not work, ridiculous costs, and an antiquated business model. For many years we accepted this because we see extraordinary value in education. Now, most middle and upper-middle class parents find they cannot give their children the education they enjoyed. Technology has recently put a spark to this fuel: on-line education works and dramatically […]

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

What Will 2014 Bring?

2013 was a better year than I expected. My “What Will 2013 Bring?” post talked about 1) a rough ride for the US economy, 2) the fading consumer web, 3) tight money for start-ups, and 4) fascinating new areas of opportunity. Looking back, I’d say: 1) at the 12th hour the government got its act half […]

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