BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

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 17 2014
by John Backus

Health Care Pricing Transparency 2.0

Pokitdok was the first investment we at New Atlantic Ventures made out of our latest early stage venture capital fund. We invested in Pokitdok because we are big believers that the Affordable Care Act will change how healthcare is delivered – and many of those changes will result in a more efficient, classic marketplace for […]

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June 12 2014
by Scott Johnson

The Coming Explosion of Reputation Management

We just invested in BrandYourself, a great young company in NYC.  Pretty much everyone (yourself included) is getting Googled these days.  If you are looking for a date, or a job, or are a customer facing person, or even a kids soccer coach, then someone is checking out your search results, and in all likelihood, […]

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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 22 2014
by Scott Johnson

The Four Rules of Setting Expectations

When you see a public stock being crushed, or a public company CEO being fired, it is nearly always due to a failure to meet expectations.  This is the main reason companies stay private – they don’t want to have to apologize to sell-side analysts for missing earnings by a penny, or explain to wall […]

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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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April 15 2014
by Scott Johnson

Your Pitch Should Be Ten Minutes

I was in a pitch meeting yesterday, and after the customary preamble, the presenter opened his laptop and said, in a very energetic tone, “I have a ten minute pitch, and then we can have a conversation.”  I can’t think of a smarter way to set the tone of a pitch meeting.   I don’t […]

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