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The real reason no one wants the Yahoo patent suits against Facebook?

March 25, 2012

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Everyone knows about Yahoo’s patent suit against Facebook. The conspiracy theory In the Silicon Valley ecosystem, Facebook has far more to lose than Yahoo! has to gain. Line up the two sides fighting this battle – Facebook is NATO while Yahoo! has Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Hence the conspiracy theory — Facebook has a $100 billion […]

Only in Silicon Valley: OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project

December 8, 2011

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Seeing that I’m in the data business, thought it’d be interesting to check out the new Silicon Valley CloudCenter at a Meetup event – OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project – organized by Dave Nielsen, et al.   Only in Silicon Valley can you pack a room with 60+ engineers to learn about these things. […]

Growing start-up industries outside of Silicon Valley

November 19, 2011

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Question recently posed on Twitter spurred a few thoughts: “Georgia start-ups need to grow outside of Georgia to build great companies and big valuations. Thoughts?” It’s not whether they need to grow, but whether Georgia-based start-ups are able to grow outside of Georgia.   But where does this begin? Certainly not in local government, as the […]

Is Google the next Microsoft?

January 10, 2011

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Interesting analysis on TechCrunch yesterday – “Can Google Get Its Mojo Back?” It wasn’t too long ago that the world feared global domination from Microsoft, followed by the red hot years of Google, and now all the talk is about Facebook’s $50 billion valuation.  That’s the beauty of it all – market players with innovation […]

SPV = SIV? Thoughts on the Goldman/Facebook news

January 4, 2011

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Big news early in 2011 with Goldman Sachs raising and investing up to $1.5 billion in Facebook.  To do so, Goldman is setting up a “Special Purpose Vehicle” (SPV).  Because Facebook is a privately-held company, it can have no more than 499 individual investors due to SEC regulations.  This SPV enables Goldman to make highly […]

Why Wesabe Lost to Mint

October 3, 2010

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Came across this post on Marc Hedlund’s blog – “Why Wesabe Lost to Mint.” I’ve never heard of until reading his post this week.  It’s a look at why his company – Wesabe – failed to beat out Mint.com for market supremacy.  Wesabe shut down earlier this summer, while Mint.com was acquired for $170 mln […]

Google’s "Brain Drain"

October 27, 2009

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Came across an interesting presentation today on The Business Insider that they posted back in September – “The Google Brain Drain Goes On And On.” Interesting because it augments what I wrote back in June 2008 about Google’s Employee Retention. The mental infrastructure of Silicon Valley encourages this behavior to the betterment of the technology, […]