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February 10 2014
by Scott Johnson

Create an Experience, Don’t have a Meeting

I was chatting with a VP of sales candidate for one of my companies last week when he uttered a gem that stuck with me all weekend.  He said “If  you are out pitching, and you want to be the one meeting that week that gets remembered, then don’t have a meeting at all, create […]

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January 27 2014
by Scott Johnson

After the B Round – Watch the burn!

This post first appeared in Pando Daily Gather round and listen to an untold story that is happening right now all over startup land. I can’t name names but have seen it play out in two acts. Act I. A company has one positive press release after another, announcing successive rounds of fundraising, new customers, […]

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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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January 13 2014
by Scott Johnson

The Most Important Lesson Google Taught Me

Before there was Google, there was Yahoo! for category search and Alta Vista for keyword search.  I would say that the search hierarchy was well established by the time Google showed up to the party.  You see, Google didn’t invent search, they just made it work really well.  Google Maps – similar story.  Mapquest dominated […]

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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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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Against Expectations, Health Care Reform Shows Signs Of Working

U. S. attempts at health care reform, centered on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “ObamaCare”) have created controversy and evoked much criticism and cynicism. I and others have observed that the ACA is much stronger on coverage extension than on cost control. But, we are now seeing evidence that cost growth is […]

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Why Android Is Winning The Tablet Wars

Android tablets took the lead from Apple’s iOS tablets in Q1 of 2013 (source). This is a huge change from three years ago, when Apple invented the modern tablet. Global electronic tablet market share by OS and Vendor; data via IDC and Strategy Analytics.   What is happening and where is this going? I see four driving forces: […]

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November 27 2013
by John Backus

Forget the Bubble. Consumer Tech is Under-Valued!

A lot has been written lately about a valuation bubble in VC-backed consumer technology companies. In the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and inc Magazine. I am on record saying that this is not anything like 1999. That today’s crop of highly-valued companies are very different than those which led to the tech […]

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November 20 2013
by Todd Hixon

Should Doctors Be Paid Like Hedge Fund Managers?

  Uwe E. Reinhardt: Debating Doctors’ Compensation – NYTimes.com. I seldom disagree with Uwe Reinhardt [much as I seldom agree with Robert Raich], however Reinhardt’s post linked above on physician compensation prompts a rebuttal. Not a place of healing**   Reinhardt argues that the best standard for judging the level of doctors’s pay is the […]

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November 20 2013
by Todd Hixon

Android: The OS For Serious People?

A VC: Android and iOS Demographics In The US. CivicScience: How To Tell An Android User From An iOS User (Credit: CivicScience, Inc. www.civicscience.com)   Recently some good minds have dug into the difference between customers who choose Android and iOS devices (in most cases, phones). Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures in his blog “A VC” […]

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