Nikola Tesla was ahead of his time. In many ways, he is still ahead of our time. Some of his inventions and discoveries are still baffling scientists today (notwithstanding the conspiracy theory that his technology has always been understood but was suppressed, but that’s a different story). If he were around today trying to raise… Continue reading If Nikola Tesla had to Pitch Products to Modern VCs
Big business has always been the center for many communities around the world. Industries make cities. Resources make entire countries. From the coal towns of West Virginia to the automakers of Detroit, companies and industries have been able to put people to work, to keep taxes flowing for the government, and to build the personality… Continue reading Big tech companies are building in the heartland
With all the attention Google Glass is getting before it’s even launched, one would think it was an Apple product. It’s not, but it has the buzz level of the new Corvette Stingray. Now, it’s making news by doing something that other tech companies have avoided for a while. They’re going to have Foxconn build… Continue reading Google gets patriotic, will have Glass built in the US
The cold war between Facebook and Twitter continued Thursday and nobody was really surprised by it. Vine, the new video app by Twitter that allows looping 6-second videos to be recorded and posted to the microblogging site, launched with the ability for users to find their Facebook friends that were also using the app. That… Continue reading Twitter’s Vine video app almost lasts half a day before Facebook cuts it off
We’ve been very critical of Groupon and its founding CEO Andrew Mason. The enigmatic Silicon Valley guy has famously shunned Google’s $6 billion bid for his company and seen his stocks fall to levels that make the shunning itself look downright ludicrous. We were critical when the shares were falling to $15. They’re hovering over… Continue reading Should Groupon founder Andrew Mason keep his job?
It takes more than having great ideas to make a startup work. It has become a part of Silicon Valley culture to understand that being first and blazing a trail may not be the best path to success. Some companies such as 3DFX Interactive, Napster, and Wang Laboratories began and built amazing technologies that would… Continue reading A look at 3 ghosts of startups past
The days of “focus on what you’re good at” are behind us. It’s no longer adequate for businesses to stay isolated and let technology get built around them. They want to get involved. Starbucks, for example, is in the business of coffee, but that didn’t stop them from investing $25 million in Square, a mobile… Continue reading Innovation over profits: why everyone from GM to American Express is getting in on Silicon Valley
Google, New York City, Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology join forces to form a school offering classes in computer coding, but it is looking to compete with online education empires offering courses in venture management and bent on building a good reputation. Twenty-two thousand feet of the Google campus in New York opens… Continue reading Google takes on online MBA programs, MIT and the mainstream education system
Not too long ago, the rise of “geek chic” surprised a few and elated many. Now, being called a “geek” can be considered the new “cool,” and in a city like Manhattan, that likes to be on the cutting edge of cool – it’s never been a better time to be a tech-savvy individual. No,… Continue reading Talk nerdy to me: Tech takes a seat at the cool kid table
The biggest IPO in tech history is appearing to be smaller than people thought according to a recent report from Bloomberg. With growth prospects for their advertising model raising warning flags, the company has been strict with their policy of not allowing revenue to get in the way of user experience. To the all-important long-term… Continue reading Demand for Facebook IPO is “weaker than forecast”. Are you worried, yet?