BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

October 2 2014
by Todd Hixon

The New, New Digital-Health-Wearable Products

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 30, 2014.] Health 2.0, which took place last week in Silicon Valley, offered a runway display of digital health wearables (“DHWs”). Models strutted while entrepreneurs pitched their products, giving an overview of what the new, new DHW things are in the Valley. My take: health wearables are […]

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October 1 2014
by Todd Hixon

If It Looks Like A Bubble, And Quacks Like A Bubble …

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 26, 2014.] Then it’s best not to build your house on it. Silicon Valley sure looks like a bubble to me, and many others think so too. While these are heady times, it’s actually very difficult to start new investments. Some back-to-basics thinking is the best way […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

The Rise Of The Spoon-Fed Internet

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 23, 2013.] I’m a long-time iGoogle user, and iGoogle is going away on November 1. iGoogle is Google’s personal homepage: one page on which my favorite news feeds and current information like weather and stock indexes appear. Why did something that is so useful to me disappear? […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Breaking The New Code Of Venture Financing

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 7, 2014.] There has long been a “code” for venture financing: one word and a series of letters (seed, A, B, C … ending with M&A and IPO) that denote different stages of financing. Entrepreneurs and investors all knew what those letters meant. Now the code has changed. Understanding the new […]

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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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