Bitcoin, Economics, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, Mobile, Social impact, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital, Women

When Third is First

0 Comments 16 June 2014


In 2011, I wrote about Jugaad, according to Wikipedia “a colloquial Hindi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around”. I noted in the blog post that Jugaad is “now an acceptable management technique…and also applies to any kind of creative and out of the box thinking which maximizes resources for a […]

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Economics, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, M&A, Mobile

What in the World ?!?

3 Comments 20 February 2014


I gave a talk, titled “What in the World?”, almost exactly 2 years ago to this day at Bloomberg LP’s headquarters in NYC as part of Social Media Week.  You can view the full presentation here.  I overviewed  demographic and economic trends globally and outlined the opportunity for technology companies to access growth in the emerging […]

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Economics, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Billion or Bust?

0 Comments 27 January 2014


I  just wrote a short piece which Quartz published today.  I’m re-posting below.  Do I think we are in a valuation bubble?  I think that later stage valuations are frothy (for reasons I explain below) while earlier stage valuations are starting to stabilize from previous highs (with the exception of the superstar serial entrepreneur)  – […]

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M&A, Startups, Technology

Nest-ing Data

2 Comments 13 January 2014


A few observations from the just announced Google $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest, a Silicon Valley based company that sells “smart” thermostats and smoke detectors: – Build vs Buy: Even for a company with significant resources such as Google, it is difficult to innovate beyond core products .  While Google was  better than most companies […]

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Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Customer Service…RIP?

0 Comments 09 January 2014


I just completed my annual New Year’s purge of apps on my iPhone.  I test countless apps and services as market research as I evaluate new investments.  Just 5 years ago, overall smart phone penetration and user “education” was a hinderance for startups looking to capitalize on this new medium.  Now with the plethora of […]

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Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

The Startup Story

0 Comments 18 November 2013


I don’t like reading scripts. I like for someone to explain to me what it is about this story – Judi Dench, Academy-award winning actress I just read this quote and thought of how it applies to many things in life – not just acting. Storytelling is older than the written word and, I’d argue, […]

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Entrepreneurship, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Best of Breed

0 Comments 13 August 2013

When I invested in enterprise software in the late 1990’s, I saw a proliferation of “best of breed” solutions. These vertical solutions would focus on specific pain pain points in the enterprise, such as logistics or customer relationship management. Larger companies such as IBM and SAP that had enterprise-wide deployments would offer some solutions around […]

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Entrepreneurship, Mobile, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Interpretative Intelligence

1 Comment 06 June 2013


…or how to avoid drowning in the coming data flood. According to a recent Cisco report, last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 12x the size of the ENTIRE global Internet in 2000.  This “big data” is going to proliferate as most of the world still does not have smartphones (or affordable access to 4G […]

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Entrepreneurship, NYC, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital

Yahoo/Tumblr: Peanut Butter & Chocolate?

9 Comments 20 May 2013


It had to happen. Tumblr, a next generation content site that epitomizes media creation, consumption and usage of the 21st century and of the net-native generation, has been acquired by a staid, late 20th century, Web 1.0 media brand, Yahoo (I can’t bring myself to add the exclamation point that was such a part of […]

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Careers, Entrepreneurship, Startups

One-Hit Wonder, or the Secret to Longevity

1 Comment 12 February 2013


Watching the Grammys last night made me think of one-hit wonders. Hopefully some of the winners (and you know who I’m talking about) won’t be relegated to that fate – an answer on “Jeopardy” or fodder for Trivial Pursuit “The 2010s”. Hopefully some of them will have careers as long as Springsteen, or Sting, or […]

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