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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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November 14 2013
by Todd Hixon

LED Light Bulbs Mature At Last

About ten years ago I invested in an LED (light emitting diode) company, and [cutting to the chase] we were too early. The technology and the market did not come together as soon as we had expected, our first application win was short-lived, and the venture turned a lot of dollars into dimes. Along the […]

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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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June 7 2013
by Todd Hixon

What Will 2013 Bring?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 5, 2012.] It’s hard to believe that 2012 is about over, however, attention is turning quickly to 2013. I’ve been talking with friends and thinking about what the new year may bring, and that has turned up some interesting perspectives. Theme movie for 2013?   1. The economy […]

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March 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

The End Of Microsoft … As We Know It

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon Update: this post attracted some sharp comments from loyal users/supporters of Windows and Microsoft. However, the issue I raised is getting broader attention. See the post below: Why Windows 8 Is Microsoft’s Biggest Risk Ever Steve Ballmer’s announcement of the Windows Surface tablet seemed to channel Steve Jobs: dressed in a dark […]

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January 10 2013
by Scott Johnson

Is it time to look anew at Clean-Tech?

     Is clean-tech the next eCommerce?  Remember in 2003 how dead commerce investment was?  The entire tech sector had entered the “trough of disillusionment” segment of the hype curve, and at the bottom of the barrel of tech refuse settled the consumer internet, with ecommerce flop pets.com as the poster-child of investment lunacy.      Then, […]

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April 12 2012
by Scott Johnson

On Selling Your Company

The most important financial decision you will ever make as an entrepreneur is when to sell your company.  What amount of money to raise at what price from whom pales in comparison.  For venture capital firms, picking companies that will grow fast is much easier than deciding when to sell them.  Misjudging exit timing can […]

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March 1 2012
by Scott Johnson

Why I Invested in YieldBot

YieldBot takes the largest advertising demand pool on the internet (search), and plugs it into publisher inventory, the largest source of supply.  Advertisers add YieldBot to their keyword buys, and YieldBot delivers high performing, intent driven clicks, just like a search engine.  They do this with exceedingly clever analytics that reveal intent, the currency of […]

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January 27 2012
by Scott Johnson

2012: Smartphones are now a social necessity

My last post, outlined five things to be excited about as we enter 2012.  Number one on this list was smartphone ubiquity. I am not sure on what day last year this occurred, but the smart phone went from luxury to social necessity.  Has the smart phone eclipsed the television in our hierarchy of needs? […]

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July 4 2011
by Todd Hixon

A Tale of Three Cities

In the past month I’ve been to venture conferences in three cities:  New York, San Francisco, and Boston.  (I rarely go to so many; events conspired this year.) This invites a comparison. The New York conference (TechCrunch/Disrupt) stropped its edge and trumpeted media, personalities, and disrupting everything, not least venture capital (more here).  There were […]

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