BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

October 30 2013
by Todd Hixon

Back to Basics: Why We Have A Budget Crisis

The budget crisis has dominated the news since the 2012 election: fiscal cliff and now sequester. But, the terms of the debate have drifted away from the fundamental forces that created the crisis and will govern a solution. Obama holds forth but Boehner is skeptical. Photo via WhiteHouse.gov.   Listening to the press, I hear ...

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October 30 2013
by Todd Hixon

An Entrepreneur’s Prayer For Better Government

My wife’s grandma used to say “the gods are bowling” when thunder and lightning filled the sky. For the last few weeks it seems that the gods have been playing chicken in the family minivan, with all of us aboard. Our politicians remind me of the gods of Greek mythology: quarrelling, narcissistic, irresponsible, and prone ...

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October 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Divine Right Of Telcos To Abuse Customers

Banks are most often accused of customer abuse, but Telcos are equally good at it. This is never more evident than when traveling internationally. Hertz now rents mobile bandwidth; photo via Todd Hixon.   Experienced travelers of my generation have stories about a $500 unexpected charge for a long call made from a hotel room ...

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October 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

Everyone Needs A Health Care Coach

In a comment on my post Healthcare Needs Transparency, which argues that U.S. healthcare customers need better information to be smart buyers, James Daghllian remarked: “if you are not a savvy senior or have a smart son, [I] guess you are just screwed in America!” He touches a recurrent theme: many people feel unable to navigate ...

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October 8 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

A Transaction Worth the Wait

Today one of our portfolio companies reached a pivotal milestone – GlobalLogic, which operates design and engineering centers around the world, agreed to be acquired by Apax Partners.  This is a bittersweet moment for me as I have been involved with this company as an investor for 13 years.  Yet this is not the end ...

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September 10 2013
by Todd Hixon

The All-Important Value Prop

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 7/20/2012. Some of our companies fail: in an early stage venture fund, we expect about 40% mortality. That’s a very painful experience, especially the entrepreneur but also the investors. It triggers serious reflection on what went wrong. While every company has a unique story, our experience teaches that ...

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September 4 2013
by Todd Hixon

What The Government’s Big-Data Dump Tells Us About The Hospital Market

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on May 22, 2013.] Mainly, it tells us that there’s not much of a market. On May 8 the Department of Health and Human Services released 17,500 pages of data on the prices U.S. hospitals charge for the 100 most common hospital services. This matters because hospitals receive the largest share ...

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August 28 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 08/05/2012. The Economist: In Praise Of Misfits The Economist article linked above is one of many discussing the apparent shift in economic and organizational power towards “Geeks” versus well-rounded, non-technical people. There is an edge to this discussion (which The Economist gently rebuffs). It’s often observed that Geeks are anti-social, quasi-autistic ...

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August 28 2013
by Todd Hixon

Technology Alone Will Not Save Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 28, 2013.] Will Silicon Valley’s Confident Technologist Investors Save Healthcare? – Forbes. The post linked above from fellow BCG alumus David Shaywitz gives the Silicon Valley view of health care reform, which, if it were an advertising slogan, might boil down to: “Longer living through better algorithms.” ...

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July 29 2013
by John Backus

NSA Snooping is Hurting US Tech Businesses

I recently wrote an article for the Washington Post that warned of the dangers of CALEA – an existing statute that the FBI is trying to transmogrify to force software developers to build in backdoors for the FBI.  Well, the data is starting to come in.Foreign cloud service providers are now actively marketing against US ...

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