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February 25 2010
by Todd Hixon

Five Reasons To Believe in Tablets

We recently made an investment in Tap ‘n Tap; they provide an Android-based software framework that enables OEMs to create tablets that compete with the Apple iPad. You have to believe a couple of things for this investment to work out: 1) the tablet market will be big, 2) Android will be a major part […]

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February 17 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Mobile communications opening up

I believe that this week’s announcement of Verizon exclusive bundling of Skype into its mobile phones is a significant milestone in the inevitable march towards a world of open mobile communications. What I mean is that carriers will increasingly become value added internet service providers.  They are currently the old AOL.  Providing access to the […]

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January 29 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

iPad and the amazing Apple PR machine

So the Apple tablet is finally out and it is called the iPad, to the amusement of most females who think they should have been consulted on the name.  I have been following the rumours and hype surrounding the lead up to the announcement and I was having a tough time thinking of another product […]

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January 11 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Themes from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

I had a chance to walk the floor of CES in the past few days and thought I would share what stood out for me.  This of course is not meant in any way as a conclusive list and there has been plenty of coverage in the press about all things interesting.  My summary is […]

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November 30 2009
by Scott Johnson

Tom Tom and Garmin In Serious Trouble

Personal Navigation is being disrupted.  Garmin and Tom Tom, as their share prices show, are being Googled.  That is, their expensive consumer service is suddenly free from Google.  Can they survive?  There is a great deal of speculation about this in the press.  So I thought I would add mine, as I am an investor […]

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October 27 2009
by Thanasis Delistathis

YES on net neutrality!

The debate is raging on the merits and pitfalls of “net neutrality”.  The lobbyists are working overtime.  Both sides have employed semantics to try to appeal to the average citizen who may not be as versed on the nuances of policy in this area:  according to supporters it’s about innovation; about according to critics it is […]

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June 27 2009
by John Backus

Digital Media Conference Highlights 6/25/09

I attended the Digital Media Conference in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia last week (June 25, 2009) and wanted to share a few sound bites and highlights – in no particular order.Overall the conference was well attended from start to finish.  The panelists were generally top executives from many large and well-respected companies, along with a good […]

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June 24 2009
by John Backus

The Death of Newspapers: 5 Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Declining circulation and declining advertising dollars in a down economy are accelerating the inevitable – the death of the local newspaper. Now I’m not saying that every newspaper will die, nor will they all fade away tomorrow. But when it looks like the New York Times may have to pay money to a buyer of […]

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June 22 2009
by Scott Johnson

Local Search Is Getting Interesting

We are seeing a great many “local search” companies seeking investment these past few weeks.  “Local search” in this context means companies that are using location-aware devices to find stuff – an appartment for rent, a person you know or would like to know, a deal on a cup of coffee or a slice of […]

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June 17 2009
by Todd Hixon

What makes a smart phone App a good business?

At a recent conference Rich Miner (to whom I always listen carefully) answered this question:  “How many good companies will be created by the smart phone application market?” Rich answered:  “There will be a few, as about as many as succeeded in the PC market.”    [Rich, currently a GP with Google Ventures, has been head […]

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