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Posts Tagged ‘Innovation’

November 10 2010
by Scott Johnson

Appointment Viewing

Someone who’s opinion I highly respect posited to me that appointment viewing of video, except for live sports, was on its way to zero; that all pre-recorded TV would be consumed on demand.  I disagree, and I say why below, but this got me thinking about how we will consume different types of video content […]

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October 12 2010
by Scott Johnson

Why I Invested in Fashion Playtes (Again)

Fashion Playtes recently announced an oversubscribed up round led by our friends at Fairhaven Capital.   The company has a platform enabling custom clothing design by tween girls (ages 6-12). It is a simple concept really.  Girls can go on the web and choose different embellishments to be sewn onto dresses, shirts, pants, bags, etc. […]

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May 26 2010
by Scott Johnson

Brand Advertisers: Not Stupid At All

On the face of it, when you look at old vs new media ad spend, the big dollars go to the old media while the bulk of the time and attention goes to new media. “The advertisers must be crazy or stupid or both” is the quick, logical conclusion to this paradox. Not true!

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April 1 2010
by John Backus

Virginia to Entrepreneurs: Start Your Business Here – And Pay No Capital Gains Tax!

Capital Gains taxes on high-tech entrepreneurial startups are going away in Virginia – at least for three years.  Founders, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Fund Investors, Corporate Investors to benefit. On Tuesday, March 30th, newly elected Republican Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law House Bill 523 (Senate Bill 428), which provides a 100% capital gains tax […]

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March 26 2010
by Scott Johnson

NEVCA Office Hours at the Venture Cafe in Cambridge

I hung out at the Venture Café (Alfa) at the Cambridge Innovation Center yesterday, and met some great people, saw old friends, and got pitched by a few very dedicated entrepreneurs in an “office hours” format.  It was time well spent, and many thanks to the NEVCA for organizing the event.  Skip Besthoff of Castille […]

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March 17 2010
by Todd Hixon

Teeth versus Tail

In one of his radio chats, Governor Patrick of Massachusetts talked about increasing the number of government jobs in the Commonwealth as a means to increase employment.  “After all [he remarked], government jobs are just as good a private sector jobs”.  That troubled me, and here’s why. Gov. Patrick’s point, I infer, is that a […]

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March 16 2010
by Scott Johnson

Top 5 Presentation Mistakes

The presentations I see, for the most part, get a B.  Not failing, but noticeably short of excellent.  Only once in a blue moon do I encounter an A.  It is surprising to me that I don’t see more “A” presentations because: The presenters are high achievers who got A’s in engineering classes at prestigious […]

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November 19 2009
by Todd Hixon

The Death of B2B Venture Capital?

At the October 21 Xconomy “Global Vision for Venture Capital …” forum, Terry McGuire remarked that Polaris has stopped taking risk on commercial/industrial technology start-ups, as the recent experience has not been good. That’s a consequential thing. “Commercial/industrial technology” encompasses enterprise software, most of telecom and datacom, and large parts of clean tech. Note that […]

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August 30 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture 4 — Equity Culture

A few posts back I reported on work I’ve done comparing innovation in Boston and California.  I argued that Silicon Valley beats Boston by a mile in it’s “recombination” capability:   quick focus of energy and resources on new opportunities like the PC and the internet.  Recombination is enabled by three things:  an entrepreneurial community, “open” […]

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August 11 2009
by Todd Hixon

Boston Innovation Culture — 3: “Open” Systems

In Part 1 of this series, a few posts back, I reported on work I’ve done comparing innovation in Boston and California.  I argued that Silicon Valley beats Boston by a mile in it’s “recombination” capability:   quick focus of energy and resources on new opportunities like the PC and the internet.  Recombination is enabled by […]

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