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The biology of The Cloud

December 11, 2011


Here’s the way I think of “The Cloud” – If I don’t have to worry about my data when I spill coffee on my laptop, then I’m using is The Cloud. In that vein, I’m in general agreement with Urquhart’s definition – “Cloud computing is an application-centric operations model.” (After my visit to the Silicon […]

Walmart’s “Urban Strategy”

October 1, 2010


Walmart is setting it sights on San Francisco and other urban markets to open smaller stores to service these areas.  Walmart has long had a tough battle in the Bay Area. As recently as July 2010, the city of Antioch voted down expansion plans for an existing store.  Back in 2006, the city of Hercules […]

"Too Big to Fail" & Charlie Rose

October 21, 2009


A recent issue of Fortune Magazine included a nice piece about Charlie Rose – “Why business loves Charlie Rose.” I’m thankful for the article because it reminded me how much I enjoy his program so I’ve now set my DVR to record these episodes. Heck, if Warren Buffet watches it, I probably should. Mr. Rose […]

Acquisition Price – FriendFeed/Facebook

August 11, 2009


I wish I was always this good… I guessed somewhere around $50 mln in an earlier post today about Facebook’s acquisition of FriendFeed. Turns out I was pretty close according to this post in the WSJOnline late today. So it didn’t take linear algebra to make the guess, but what the heck…

"No Thanks!" in 140 Characters or less

November 26, 2008


Maybe the message was something like: Twitter: @Facebook “No can do. Thx 4 the offer.” It’s common knowledge now that Twitter declined Facebook’s “$500 million” offer. Running some numbers yields some interesting results on the offer and valuations of both companies. (We’ll come back to the quotes around the $500 million shortly…) Back in April, […]

Learn How to Sell

November 18, 2008


Spent the evening in the office getting some odds and ends worked out. I often listen the the podcasts on the Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Lectures to help make the time more productive. This evening, I listened to this podcast from Steve Blank, who fastidiously suggested that company founders that can’t sell their product will never […]

Writing for the Real Estate Market

October 24, 2008


Just a quick note to let you know that I’m also managing a blog now on ActiveRain specifically focusing on real estate market data and marketing strategy for real estate agents. Check it out here.