BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

June 27 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

The Consumerization of Everything

Sometimes you have to take a step back to appreciate the frantic pace of change in consumer technology that we take for granted.  The ipad didn’t exist before 2009, but it is basically the tool I know use to read all my magazines and newspapers.  The iphone didn’t exist before 2007 but it is now […]

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June 27 2013
by John Backus

ObamaCare’s Silver Lining

Most agree that big changes are coming to your health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “ObamaCare.” But the best, unintended consequence of the ACA is quietly brewing right now: over the next ten years, a robust, competitive, cash-based marketplace for all health care services – from the […]

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June 25 2013
by Todd Hixon

The End Of Microsoft … As We Know It

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 7/1/2012.] Steve Ballmer’s announcement of the Windows Surface tablet seemed to channel Steve Jobs: dressed in a dark shirt, a CEO making a glitzy product intro, and most remarkable, an integrated device strategy. LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shows the new tablet called Surface […]

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June 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

Why It Stinks To Be A Healthcare Entrepreneur

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 27, 2013.] This is the title [paraphrased] of a keynote given last week by Jonathon Bush, the CEO of AthenaHealth, at the Xconomy Mobile Madness conference in Cambridge, Ma. What follows are my notes from the speech. The ideas are Jonathon’s. I really like what he’s saying and mostly agree, […]

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June 14 2013
by Todd Hixon

While Siri Wise-Cracks, Google Defines Smart Local Search

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 16, 2013. Google Launches FieldTrip, A Location-Aware App That Helps You Find Cool Stuff Around You | TechCrunch. Field Trip App Icon; image via TechCrunch   When Android 4.1 (aka “Jelly Bean”) arrived on my phone last spring*, I concluded that Android had finally produced an OS […]

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June 7 2013
by Todd Hixon

What Will 2013 Bring?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 5, 2012.] It’s hard to believe that 2012 is about over, however, attention is turning quickly to 2013. I’ve been talking with friends and thinking about what the new year may bring, and that has turned up some interesting perspectives. Theme movie for 2013?   1. The economy […]

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June 3 2013
by Scott Johnson

Revenue Quality, Not Just Quantity!

Revenue growth (or sometimes active user growth) is an obvious necessity for venture backed companies.  But life is never quite that straight forward.  Just as all site traffic is not created equal, there is good revenue and great revenue (there is no such thing as bad positive margin revenue).  Importantly, prospective revenue “quality” can dramatically […]

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May 31 2013
by Todd Hixon

Sunset For The Consumer Web?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 9, 2013.] A Kinder, Gentler Sunset; photo (c) Todd Hixon.    In recent months a number of influential voices have declared the consumer web boom of the last 6-7 years (going back to the emergence of Facebook) to be over. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures is […]

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May 31 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Health Insurance Company Is Your Friend

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 29, 2013.] I’m serious about this, not just trolling for comments. Health insurers have developed a negative image, in many ways justified. But, the game is changing, and in the next period they will be more allies than enemies for both consumers and plan sponsors. Why? The next decade […]

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May 20 2013
by John Backus

Commentary: Creative destruction meets higher education

This piece first appeared in the Washington Post’s Business Section on May 20, 2013. I was invited to weigh in during the opening general session at the Education Technology Industry Summit in San Francisco this month, hosted by the Software & Information Industry Association. The topic: “What’s Next” in education. As a technology venture capital […]

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