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Vendredi, 31 mai 2013

The Kleiner Perkins general partner lays down her vision of the future. And it’s full of drones.

The soothsayer has spoken again: Mary Meeker, the general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, released her official « 2013 Internet Trends » report, a whimsical, 117-page slide deck on the future growth of a variety of tech verticals and start-ups.…

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Lundi, 27 mai 2013

Introducing the notion of Big Content has been an interesting study in reactions. To many, it has resonated and the possibility of more fully exploiting documents, social content and other unstructured resources has clicked. For others, it has been like fingernails on a chalkboard. A lot of us never liked the words “Big Data” in the first place, but like it or not we are stuck with the name.…

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Mercredi, 22 mai 2013

Let’s call the ‘Millennials’ the Entrepreneur Generation’ and learn to manage the valuable characteristics that set them apart.

My neighbor Adam is a so-called Millennial. That means, according to those who follow pop culture today, that he is between the ages of 19 and 30. (He’s 21.) Adam will be entering his senior year of college in September at Penn State.…

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Mercredi, 22 mai 2013

Last week I spoke to a local government CIO about innovation. We discussed about the impact of digital, open data, social media and more. When I made my usual point about the imbalance in the use of open data and more in general of digital innovation toward external impact and the apparent disregard for how these can be leveraged internally, he was in violent agreement with me.…

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Lundi, 20 mai 2013

Despite some early pitfalls, the social network has successfully made the transition from start-up to publicly traded company.

It’s the eve of Facebook’s one-year IPO anniversary, and what a strange year it’s been.

The Menlo, California-based company has successfully ginned up revenue to the tune of $1.46 billion in its first reported quarter, up 36 percent from $1.06 billion a year ago, according to The Wall Street Journal.…

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Dimanche, 19 mai 2013

There are two completely different ways of looking at crowdfunding. It is either a) the best thing to happen to start-ups since Red Bull; or b) while sometimes useful, it’s no serious substitute for other sources of money, including family & friends. Even bootstrapping.

This may not endear me to some of my friends, but increasingly, I lean towards the latter.…

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Dimanche, 19 mai 2013

Serial entrepreneur and mentor Jeff Hoffman writes about his experience aboard the floating accelerator Unreasonable at Sea.

I’m amazed to see an explosion of global interest in entrepreneurship in the last few years. Nations on every continent are turning to entrepreneurs to address unemployment, create jobs, stimulate economies, and innovate new ideas.…

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Dimanche, 19 mai 2013

It’s not just cocktails and hookups. No other television show portrays life in a start-up the way Mad Men does.

If you’re watching with the eyes of an entrepreneur, the true star of Mad Men isn’t really Don Draper, Joan Holloway, or Peggy Olson. It’s not even the 1960s. The true star of Mad Men is the advertising firm itself.…

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Lundi, 13 mai 2013

There’s a little bit of a kerfuffle going on in XACML-land. A non-Gartner analyst made the claim that XACML is dead. Such a claim doesn’t go unnoticed; so Gerry, Anil, Danny, and Remon have all responded that no, XACML isn’t dead. It is not pining for the fjords.…

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Lundi, 13 mai 2013

Earlier this week, I had a conversation with a strategy consultant named Steve Shapiro who wrote a book with an intriguing title: Best Practices Are Stupid. I haven’t read it yet, but I absolutely will. (With a title like that, how could I resist?) It got me thinking about patterns in general and the fact that it’s often every bit as important to study worst practices—what not to do.…