Monthly Archives: June 2011

WebOS vs. iOS vs. Android: User Adoption vs. Developer Adoption

HP, intrepid acquirer of erstwhile darling of the mobile set Palm, has taken the little bit of value left in Palm, WebOS, and is building its new platform on it. It is important to remember that HP used to be … Continue reading

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Pack Your Bags… But Be Ready To Pay!

Mark Feldman, the CEO of Ziontours in Jerusalem, wrote an article in today’s Jerusalem Post describing the many changes in baggage policies of airlines over the last several years. Since Mark is based in Israel, unsurprisingly he focuses on the … Continue reading

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Architecture Matters – Always

I have read many many articles that suggest startup developers should be conscious not to aim for perfection early on – they will get the perfect product that will be irrelevant by the time they finish it – but to … Continue reading

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Apple Loses its Retail Head

According to today’s WSJ, Ron Johnson, the head of Apple retail, left to become President (slated to be CEO in a few months) of JCPenney. This is a big loss for Apple, and a gain for Penney. However, Apple is … Continue reading

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Regulatory Required vs Unpredictable Startups

When looking at starting a venture, most entrepreneurs and investors tend to categorize the type of industry and the requirements for success. Commonly used differentiators are retail vs corporate, direct vs indirect sales (eg the Facebook model where the actual … Continue reading

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The Revenge of the Keywords?

Who remembers AOL Keywords? For that matter, who remembers when AOL actually mattered? I thought about them this morning. Steve Rubel, on his blog, referenced a googlesystem posting here, that Google is looking to replace URL’s with names in search … Continue reading

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Cash vs Cash Flow: Translate that to Greek

Years ago, my children attended a private Jewish school in New York. As it was a community Jewish school, the school had support programs for children whose parents could not afford the $20k+ tuition. In a conversation with the school … Continue reading

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Other Sectors: Unleash the Tech Entrepreneurs!

Apparently, Jon Kaplan, the founder of the (sold to Cisco and now shuttered) Flip camera, is going into the grilled cheese business. He is starting a chain of fast grilled cheese sandwich businesses, with $20MM+ from Sequoia to boot. I … Continue reading

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Apple’ Retail – The Internal Politics

As a follow-on to yesterday’s post, something struck me about Apple’s 10K. Apple says that it manages its business by geography. Its operating reports reflect it: Americas, Europe, etc. Yet its Retail business – across all geographies – is a … Continue reading

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To Boldly Go Where Everyone Fails Before – Apple’s Retail Success

I had the opportunity to visit Apple’s retail store in Tysons Corner, VA, twice yesterday – unfortunately, it was for repairs, not for fun – and will return again today. I was struck by how busy the store was, and, … Continue reading

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