The Enterprise Tablet – Why Cisco May Buy Palm

Update: HP announced it is acquiring Palm for WebOS-based computing devices the same day I wrote this. We’ve all heard for a while now that Palm’s most likely suitors are the off-continent smartphone/computer makers HTC and Lenovo. But there’s an overlooked potential buyer who could be a dark horse to buy Palm: Cisco Systems. Cisco […]

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Want to Break into Startups or VC?

Quick post for people reading this blog who are interested in breaking into tech startups, venture capital, meeting the key folks in these fields etc. Single most important piece of advice without a doubt: start blogging… asap. Earlier this year I reached out to Chris Dixon with similar advice on VC, startups, etc. Chris told […]

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What is ‘ARM Holdings’ Anyway?

There is so much confusion around the small Cambridge UK company named ARM Holdings – which had close to zero mainstream press prior to Apple building it’s A4 processor. ARM has always been known in tech circles, but now that it’s associated with consumer technology (because of Apple), I must say that almost every article […]

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Foursquare, Geolocation and Product / Technology Fit

‘Location based services’, which map geographical position of a mobile device, use state of the art technology. But the technology behind the coordinates is really just an enabler for adoption – location based services are more of a product challenge. When they become easy and practical enough that they are really useful and sticky, they […]

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The Genius in Apple’s Vertical Platform

It’s pretty evident that Apple isn’t wed to individual suppliers. Not only are they back to creating their own chips, but they are also one of the only ‘compute’ companies to have used each of the top 3 processor architectures over time – ARM, x86, and Power PC. Apple’s DNA in this area is untouchable, […]

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Twitter’s Fear of a Meta Platform

This week Twitter made clear its choice between (1) remaining a platform play, largely helping third party developers to be successful and taking a cut, or (2) becoming a destination site, owning end-users and monetizing via some combo of ads, virtual goods etc. Why did Twitter so abruptly move toward #2? On the surface, there […]

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How Intel Screwed Itself Out Of The iPad Revolution

Intel made a couple of strategic gaffes along the way to being left out of the Apple iPad: (1) exiting the ARM-based mobile CPU business entirely in 2006 (pre-iPhone) (2) assuming that PC technology would continue to extend lower & lower into mobile devices Here is a brief history: 2005: Mini coup for Intel – […]

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The iPad and ‘Gen 1’ Products

Love it or hate it, the iPad is poised to essentially lock up the tablet category for a subtle but important reason—the iPad is not a ‘Gen 1’ technology. ‘Gen 1’ technologies are the term given to products which debut with significant newness—e.g. the original iPhone (both Apple’s first phone and first touch-screen phone). Gen […]

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The iPad will Change Education Forever

Ever since MIT’s famous OpenCourseWare initiative was launched in 2001, people have been fascinated with the power that technology would have on open sourcing of information and the democratization of education. OpenCourseWare started as MIT’s decision to open up its vast academic curricula to “any joker with a browser”. I will never forget the visualization […]

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Mobile – It’s not a U.S. Centric World

Google has a cool feature called Google Trends which allows you to look at the frequency of searches (top of the chart above) and news references (bottom portion) which occur globally. The chart above shows how often, ‘microsoft’, ‘apple’, and ‘nokia’ were searched from 2004 to present. The results are pretty interesting. Nokia is in […]

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