Monthly Archives: November 2013

Trust But Verify… Your Carriers

For a long time, all but the most security-obsessive companies trusted their telecommunications carriers. If you have two data centres, say, one in New York and another in California, you likely need significant reliable connectivity between the two to transfer … Continue reading

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Making Money in Smartphone Sensors

While there are hundreds of millions of apps that extend the software capabilities of smartphones using whatever hardware already comes shipped with your iPhone or Android, there are thousands more that extend the hardware capabilities of the phone by shipping physical hardware. These … Continue reading

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Take Risks!

Do entrepreneurs like risk? Are they native risk takers? Popular media says they are; after all, who else is crazy enough to abandon a high-paying job in finance, in consulting, or even in another well-funded startup to go out on … Continue reading

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Why Engineers Hate Testing

In previous posts, most recently earlier this week, I discussed the benefits of testing and how admitting you have a problem is the first step, the first success, on the road to victory. Anyone who has managed engineers knows that … Continue reading

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Zero, the Small Victory

I had the pleasure of having coffee one morning this week – straight off the plane – with a colleague who recently took over all technology at a fast-moving startup. This very smart technology leader is after two very big, … Continue reading

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The Problem With Platforms and Perfection

What happened to Apple? Everyone either loves them and talks of their inevitable ongoing success, or loves to hate them, and talk of their impending implosion. Earlier this month, well-known Harvard professor Larry Lessig wrote an extensive article listing his travails with upgrading … Continue reading

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Doing a Great Job, and Getting a Great Job

I had coffee recently with a colleague who is looking to get into a certain market. While speaking with him, I was reminded of the irony of the job hunt, especially at senior levels. To succeed at senior roles, especially in … Continue reading

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It’s the Plumbing, Stupid – Part II

A few weeks ago, Adobe announced that hackers had broken into their database and stolen 3MM passwords and other customer identifiable data. Then reports surfaced that it was 10MM. Then 38MM. Latest reports say it may be as high as … Continue reading

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When Your Assets Become Liabilities, a Blockbuster Story

Last week, Jonathan Baskin, a former executive at Blockbuster and now a brand consultant, wrote a fascinating insight in Forbes into the setting for the demise of his former employer. Baskin argues that Blockbuster and its executives early on failed … Continue reading

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Should Microsoft Kill Windows?

Here is a radical thought: Microsoft should kill Windows. No, not the cash cow on laptops and desktops, nor the ones that give great views from their Redmond, WA campus. Rather, as Microsoft continually fights and loses to iOS and … Continue reading

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