Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fibre cables, exchanges and perceptions

Financial trading houses are always looking for a market advantage, no matter how small. It shouldn’t surprise us; when you are dealing in markets that move billions of dollars in short time frames, a few milliseconds of advantage can make all … Continue reading

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Does Technology “Suck”?

Last week, I was having lunch with an old friend. We worked together many years ago building some pretty cool technology at a very large financial services firm. Each of us has over 20 years in the technology industry. He has continued to manage … Continue reading

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The Death of the iPod

A short while ago, I was looking at buying an iPod for one of my kids. It was a pretty straightforward transaction. My kid likes music, while an iPod is great for carrying lots of music around and listening to it, … Continue reading

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Open-Source Microsoft Part II – Seeds for the Future

In the previous article, I examined Microsoft’s announcement that it will open-source .NET, its impact on customers, and its more important impact on Microsoft’s business lines. In sum, I believe that Nadella may be trying to change the culture at Microsoft from … Continue reading

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Open-Source Microsoft? Will It Help?

Yesterday, Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, announced that they will release the core of .NET, the Microsoft application development platform, as open-source. In addition, .NET will be ported to run on additional platforms, primarily Mac OS X and Linux. For Microsoft, the ultimate closed-source … Continue reading

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Price and Plagiarism

The Web is a tool. Like all tools (including swords), it comes with two edges. While in the short term it appears to give advantages in one direction, over time it can surprise you and cut both ways. Plagiarism When my wife, the rather … Continue reading

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Gas Stations, Electric Cars and Changing Minds

Managing change is a process, something between a science and an art, taught in all respectable business schools and management courses. There really are 2 reasons for teaching it: Management: If you are managing a team, a division or a company, you … Continue reading

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The Lost Interview, The Lost Promotion and The Lost Ark

Today, I want to look at 2 short video clips. The Lost Interview   This is a famous interview with Steve Jobs, believed lost for many years; if you want more information, imdb info is here. The interview itself is a long but great … Continue reading

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Know Your Numbers

Last week, I looked at one very small but important aspect of customer relationships – the human face – in the era of online communications, specifically chat, and how and when you market it. The Chief Marketing Officer of LiveChat, Szymon … Continue reading

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