BLOG STARTUPS, VENTURE AND THE TECH BUSINESS

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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July 29 2013
by John Backus

Don’t Let the FBI Wiretap Your SmartPhone Apps

As the White House mulls it over, quietly winding its way through the interagency review process in Washington is a nondescript proposal known as CALEA II. This dangerous proposed set of new rules, designed by the FBI, will thwart technology innovation and compromise our national security at a time when cyber risks are reaching an […]

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July 26 2013
by Todd Hixon

Has Apple Fallen?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 24, 2013.] Apple reported a year-over-year earnings decline for the first time in a decade. Its stock has corrected severely, giving back 40% of its gains over the last ten years (chart). Is this the beginning of the end, or just a correction of expectations that were out […]

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July 18 2013
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Costs: End Of The Phony War?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 20, 2013.] Steven Brill has received a lot of attention for an article published recently, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. Brill illustrates through a series of case studies two things: why medical costs are out of control, and how the impact of this on individuals can […]

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July 18 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Re, Reinvention of Search

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 7, 2013.] Twice now I have casually thought that the battle for control of the Internet search market was done, won, and over. Way back in the late 1900s, when Microsoft’s spell-checker still replaced “internet” with “internment”, the original inventors of search seemed to have developed it […]

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July 8 2013
by Todd Hixon

Two-Tier Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on August 8, 2012.] Massachusetts, the canary in the health care reform coal mine, is starting to have a two tier health care system. That means that people with limited means have one system available to them, and those who can pay up have another. This came home to […]

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