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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Four Reasons To Switch From Android To iPhone

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 26, 2014.] After four years with an Android phone, I switched back to iPhone this month. I liked my Android phone, but the smartphone experience is very much a matter of details, and diving into today’s iPhone makes me realize how great a job Apple has done, and how […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Big Ideas From The Forbes Healthcare Summit

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 12, 2013.]   (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)   The Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York last week brought together very senior people across the U.S. healthcare spectrum: CEOs of big insurance companies, R&D heads of top pharma companies, CEOs of major medical centers, and CEOs of a […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Why Health Care Will Take A Much Bigger Bite Out Of Your Wallet

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 11, 2013] I suspect most people would say, if asked, that individuals have been paying an increasing share of the cost of health care. They are thinking about the steadily rising premium cost-share percentages, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance that have been imposed on people with private health […]

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September 24 2014
by Todd Hixon

Is It Time To Step Up The Burn?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 17, 2014.] Fall is the season for laying out next year’s strategic plan. I have several companies in my portfolio that are off to a good start and facing the decision to double down next year by spending a lot more money, or not. Prominent VCs are […]

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September 18 2014
by Todd Hixon

Microsoft After Ballmer

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 3, 2013.] 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 […]

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September 18 2014
by Todd Hixon

Two Weeks With A Dumb Phone

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 13, 2012.] 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 […]

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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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