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Nov. 6, 2017 Machine Learning

On Nov. 6, 2017 The New York Times reporter Cade Metz wrote “The Rise Of The Machine: To Speed A.I. Advance, Technology Industry Aims To Edge Aside Humans.” Google’s Jeff Dean, Sundar Pichai and Barret Zopf talked about their machine learning algorithm software called AutoML that builds other algorithms. Self driving cars and facial recognition for security need this software.  Unfortunately, only about 10,000 people worldwide have the experience to create such algorithms. Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are paying top dollar for big data experts and data scientists. “The shortage is not going away anytime soon, just because mastering these skills takes years of work.” Microsoft’s Joseph Sirosh said about developing neural networks “We are eliminating a lot of the heavy lifting.” Jean Gagne of Element AI says it is a new kind of computer programming. Berkeley’s Pieter Abbeel thinks that computer invented algorithms can solve many problems very quickly. Carnegie Mellon’s Renato Neghrino say it is only a matter of when.

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Jul. 21, 2017 Mosquitoes Gone Wild In Fresno

On Jul. 21, 2017 Google’s holding company Alphabet has a subsidiary named Verily with a project called Debug Fresno. The plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes bred and infected with Wolbachia, which will then mate with wild female mosquitoes. The eggs the females lay won’t hatch, researchers say. “Scientists say the goal is to cut the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — the species responsible for spreading Zika, dengue and chikungunya. A. aegypti have been present in California’s Central Valley since 2013 and have been a problem in Fresno County.”

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Feb. 5, 2017 Blumbers

Citizen Status Symbol

On Jan. 29, 2017, Bloomberg’s Peter Elstrom and Saritha Rai wrote “Trump’s Next Immigration Move to Hit Closer to Home for Tech” about the new administration’s immigration restrictions on high tech workers. It affected Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Wipro’s ability to supply cheap H1B labor to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Microsoft and Twitter. “Ron Hira, an associate professor at Howard University, who has done extensive research on the subject, points out workers at outsourcers are typically not treated as well as others. The median wage at outsourcing firms for H-1B workers was less than $70,000, while Apple, Google and Microsoft paid their employees in the program more than $100,000, according to data he collected. That suggests the American companies are going after true, highly skilled employees, while the outsourcers are recruiting less expensive talent, he said.”

On Jan. 31, 2017, The New Republic’s Clio Chang wrote “Silicon Valley’s Uneasy Muslim Ban Dance” about Silicon Valley’s reaction to the new restrictions. “Within the structure of American capitalism, the average tech CEO has more in common with a billionaire like Donald Trump than with the average immigrant worker or refugee. That many of them continue to find ways to work with Trump and to undercut protests to protect their profits should come as no surprise. Trump is ushering in a plutocratic era that requires us to demand the most from those in powerful positions; to do so, we must first shed the assumption that Silicon Valley is on the side of the people.”

Quietly many tech executives are furious. They helped get the president elected hoping they would not have to pay taxes. The money they thought they would make may have to go toward hiring US citizens at market rates. Citizens also have an advantage because they have no travel restrictions as there might be with visas or green cards. Foreign workers who are captive in a way that even Frederick Douglass would be concerned but U.S. citizens can just walk across the street. You know, all that free market stuff conservatives talk about, until they need help.

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May 5, 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek

On May 5, 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek Paul M. Barrett and Brad Stone wrote “Tech Hubris” about a Silicon Valley antitrust case handled by US District Judge Lucy Koh. Lawyers of 64,000 technical employees accused Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar of conspiring to keep wages down and keep them from moving from one company to another. Google’s Eric Schmidt said “I don’t want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later.” The companies agreed to pay 324 million dollars. Elevation Partners’ Roger McNamee said “This is one of hundreds of examples in which our economy has been corrupted by the intense concentration of power and wealth.” It seems odd that CEOs who glorify free market competition would want to keep their workers benefitting from it the same way they do.

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Jun. 26, 2013 SVForum Visionary Awards

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On June 26, 2013 at Kelly Porter’s home in Lost Alto Hills, SVForum held its 16th Annual Visionary Awards. The honorees were Steve Blank, Silicon Valley Serial Entrepreneur, Author and Academician; Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation; Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google and Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Cisco. Here are a few pictures from that event. Martin Stroka attended this event.

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May 19, 2013 Blumbers

Google Glasses

Google’s event in San Francisco last week had lots of people wearing those Google glasses. People were taking pictures just by winking and uploading them, including the restrooms! Obviously some details need to be worked out.

As a photojournalist I have some guidelines. There is nothing subtle about how I take pictures. I photograph people in public places. I have a camera around my neck. I usually introduce myself as a member of the press and ask if I can take their picture. Since they are attending a public event to be seen, they usually agree. If not, I move on. There are lots more people to meet.

I don’t post every picture I take. I try to edit out the closed eyes, open mouths and awkward expressions. I am trying to take this best possible picture of you with the equipment and time available. Sadly, there will be day when you won’t be around anymore, and your family may want a good picture of you. Hopefully I will have it.

Google Glasses take pictures but it seems more like surveillance than art. At this rate, we may create a transparent society that nobody is ready for. I am hoping for a reasonable solution.

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Feb. 8, 2013 Joint Venture Silicon Valley State Of The Valley


On February 8, 2013, at Parkside Hall in San Jose,  Joint Venture Silicon Valley held “2013 State of the Valley Conference.” They discussed the need for greater regional cooperation to deal with the changes in climate, education and economic growth and immigration in the San Francisco Bay Area. Speakers included:

Emmett Carson, President and CEO Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Chris DiGiorgio, Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

James Fallows, National correspondent, The Atlantic magazine,

Michael Garvey, Former City Manager San Carlos

Russell Hancock, President and  CEO, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Ted Lempert, Children Now

Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey and Company and recipient of the David Packard Award for Civic Entrepreneurship

Kim Polese, Chair, ClearStreet

Tim O’Reilly, Founder, O’Reilly Media

Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose

Paul Saffo, Futurist and Consulting Professor, Stanford

John Swartz, Tech Team Leader, USA Today

Kara Swisher, Columnist, Wall Street Journal

Egon Terplan, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association

Susan Wojcicki, Senior Vice President, Google

Entertainment was provided by, Lynbrook High Jazz Choir, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Pioneer High Jazz Band, Santa Theresa High School Band and Stanford Kuumba.

France Diniz also attended this event.

Note: Attendees agreed to be photographed when they register for a public event.

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Jul. 24, 2012 SVForum PWC Mobile

On July 24, 2012, in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, SVForum with PWC presented a Quarterly Venture Breakfast on Mobile. Stanley Pierson of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Steve Bengston of PwC, Bob Borchers of Opus Capital, Kim Morgan of Motorola Mobility and Venu Pemmaraju of Intel Capital. By definition the mobile market is in constant motion. Five years ago Europe’s infrastructure and Nokia led the way. Today, Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android dominate the discussions. Five years ago most Facebook users were on PCs, now most are mobile as trend accelerates.

There are still challenges. Batteries face physical restraints that are addressed with software managing power. There is a debate about how much personal information should be on the device versus in the cloud. Content providers have to deal with smaller screens to accommodate advertising. Company brand managers now understand that an app can be the ad to target customers. Of course, making a purchase may not be easy. The promise of Near Field Communication (NFC) has bogged down in dealing with banks, carriers, device manufactures and merchants. The solution may already exist. Apple started iTunes selling music and then expanded to movies, television, movies, books and magazines. Amazon started selling books, but now you can buy appliances through them. How far away are we from buying a cup of coffee through iTunes or Amazon? Monetizing mobility is a moving target.

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May 28, 2012 The New Yorker

On May 28, 2012 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Unequal Shares” about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg creating two classes of shares in the IPO in what is called a dual class structure. Google, Groupon, LinkedIn, Yelp and Zynga did the same when it went public. It is a strategy to keep control of a company and avoid short term pressure from investors but the stock can under perform in the market. IPOs are not as attractive as remaining private or being bought by another company.

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Feb. 6, 2012 Fortune

On Feb. 6, 2012 Fortune magazine’s Adam Lashinsky wrote “The Secrets Apple Keeps” about a company keeping a lid on new products to keep a competitive advantage. It is a paranoid place that is not always a lot of fun to work for. The pay is competitive but people still want to work there for the prestige. Lashinsky also interviewed Google’s  Larry Page. Compared to Apple Google seems more open and fun loving.

LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman wrote “The Real Way To Network” about building relationships versus traditional networking. Dale Carnegie is still relevant.

David A. Kaplan wrote “Salesforce’s Happy Workforce” about Marc Benioff’s philosophy and practice of trying to do the right thing.

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Jan. 26, 2012 STC Joe Welinske Optimize Googleability

On January 26, 2012 in Santa Clara, the STC Silicon Valley Chapter hosted Joe Welinske of WritersUA  to speak about “Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content.” To get a higher rank with search engine optimization (SEO), create fresh HTML content on a registered site with a public facing server. Create relevant links and metadata. Consider search engines other than Google like Alexa, Bing or Yahoo.

Welinske wants people to think about the growing mobile needs of the Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices as seen in his new book “Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps.”

More information will be presented at the Conference for Software User Assistance on March 11-14, 2012 in Memphis Tennessee.

Please join us on February 23, 2012 for the February STC Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting to be held at the Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, located at 1015 Alameda de las Pulgas in Belmont. The meeting starts at 6 PM. This topic will be “Learning How to Communicate Better with Numbers” with Randall Bolten.

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Nov. 2, 2011 ASAP Gang Of Four War

On November 2, 2011 in San Jose at Cisco, the ASAP Silicon Valley held “Changing the Game: The Age of the Platform and the 24-Hour Customer.” ASAP leaders Nimma Bakshi of PWC and John Soper of New Paradigms moderated Sherrick Murdoff of Salesforce, Adrian Ott of Exponential Edge Consulting and Phil Simon of Phil Simon Systems.

In reaction to a Fast Company magazine article, Adrian Ott, author of “The 24-Hour Customer” and Phil Simon author of “The Age of the Platform” talked with Sherrick Murdoff about the coming “Gang Of Four” war for consumer attention from social media giants like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Sep. 27, 2011 WCA Mobile Cloud Thin Vs. Smart

On Tuesday September 27, 2011 in Mountain View at Fenwick & West, LLP, the WCA Mobile SIG presented “Mobile Cloud – Thin vs. Smart Device & Services Differentiation.” Dr. Avril Salter of Next Direction Technologies moderated panelists Karun Bakshi of Microsoft BizSpark One, Priya Abani of Intel, Hugh Fletcher of Verizon Wireless, Samir Kumar of Samsung Telecommunications America, Laura Merling of Alcatel-Lucent and Jamie Perlman of Box.net.

Amazon, Apple and Google are developing their own clouds for mobile users. Obviously they think a thin browser on a fast network could deliver a wide range of services and apps. The problem is that even 5G networks may not be able to handle demand. One solution is to make smart phones even smarter about using existing spectrum and the cloud. Rather than divergence there may be a compromise to accommodate both thin and smart device strategies.

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Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet

On September 28, 2011 in New York City, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed a new line of Kindles. The most important was the Fire, a one pound tablet with a seven inch screen that sells for $199. It has no speaker or microphone but has a special browser called Silk that allows users to easily download content off Amazon’s cloud. It would be an interesting device for people who already have a cheap cell phone. It uses WiFi so you don’t need an expensive monthly data plan. It would be even cheaper if you never bought any content from Amazon but surfed for free content instead. Oh, you can download Android apps. That should make Google happy.

Despite all of this, I still don’t want one. I don’t want an Apple iPad either. I want a cheaper and faster network to run any device on.

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May 25, 2011 Commonwealth Club Jack Dorsey Twitter

On Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square received the 21st Century Visionary Award. Kara Swisher of AllThingsD talked with him about his journey from learning dispatch systems in St. Louis and New York City to Silicon Valley. While Twitter has become a technological and political force, Dorsey thinks his Square device will change the way mobile electronic transactions are handled around the world. While he has support from Visa, Google and PayPal are offering solutions in the same space. I wonder if there will be an announcement about some Square deal with Apple at WWDC.

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May 19, 2011 Commonwealth Club Eli Pariser MoveOn.org

On May 19, 2011 in Mountain View  at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation,  the Commonwealth Club hosted Eli Pariser of MoveOn.org and author of “The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You.” The book describes how personalization on the Internet controls and limits the information we get. Once users’ online profiles are known the information they get is filtered to their tastes and they are not challenged outside their comfort zones. Political debate on facts leading to reasonable compromise becomes difficult and could threaten the democratic process.

He thinks companies like Google and Facebook filter and customize searches, undermining the Internet’s original purpose to be an open platform for ideas and information. He talked about about the hidden Web and how to people can protect themselves and their personal information online.

Get outside your comfort zone. Try to meet people outside the circle of people you meet. Think twice about the information you find online.

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Apr. 19, 2011 O’Reilly Where 2.0

On April 19, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Tim O’Reilly held the Where 2.0 Conference. We talked briefly about his O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (see t-shirt picture below) and his keynote speech at the STC Summit in Sacramento next month.

Gertrude Stein said about California that “There was no ‘there’, there.” Today there is definitely a ‘here’ at Where 2.0. The most interesting presentation of whereware was by Google’s Kathryn Hurley and Mano Marks. They have figured out a faster and easier way to convert tabular information into maps.

There still seems to be no product or service for ordinary people to opt-out of being tracked. There was a presentation by Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden that talked about the Apple iPhone tracking your every move with consolidated.db. There was also discussion about police in Michigan being able to take all the information off your phone, apparently without a warrant. I think being able to opt-out of tracking is an overlooked opportunity.

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Mar. 31, 2011 SDF Google App Engine Wesley Chun

On March 31, 2011 in Mountain View at LinkedIn, the SDForum Software Architecture & Platform SIG hosted Google’s Wesley Chun, Architect and Developer Advocate presentation on “App Engine and Applications.” Chun is author of “Core Python Programming” and “Python Web Development with Django.” The Google App Engine hosting platform is platform as a service (PaaS). It allows you to build and run Java and Python applications in the cloud using Google’s massive data centers.

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Feb. 1, 2011 SDF PWC

On Tuesday, February 1, 2011 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, SDForum presented a Quarterly Venture Breakfast with Pillsbury Winthrop and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Allison Leopold-Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Steve Bengston of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tim Chang of Norwest Venture Partners, Mark Gorenberg of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Todd MacLean of Accel Partners and Jon Sakoda of NEA.

Where 2009 was a tough year, 2010 was a mixed year. Venture capitalists invested ten billion dollars more than they raised. Something has got to give and it will probably be the weaker VCs. Most of it went to cleantech, biotech, and medical devices facing infrastructure and regulatory obstacles. Meanwhile the mobile space grew with the demand for smart phones and the services they use.

With the economy down for so long, there is a thirst for growth. Companies with lots of cash are looking for new opportunities. The problem is the symbiotic relationship between M&A and IPOs does not work well in environment with Sarbanes Oxley and investors burned by too many bubbles. Few startups want to have an IPO and therefore have less leverage in negotiating M&As. Not every startup is like Facebook where they can attract large amounts of investment from Goldman Sachs and Russian private equity.

Which brings up the issue of foreign investment and growth. China has bigger market, more companies, more growth and more deals than the United States. While many Chinese startups come to America for the prestige of getting money from Silicon Valley VCs, eventually they may get more money staying home. The question is how to exit in a market that may be less transparent or stable.

The lack of foreign capital could mean a return to normal. At this point the number of jobs and the amount of investment in Silicon Valley are about where they were in the 1990s, before everything was caught up in the dotcom bubble. Most of the VC money in the country is still spent here. As VCs chase bigger deals, super angels are stepping in. While investors create wealth with M&As, they do not create jobs. Large companies are buying startups not just for their intellectual property but their talented employees. This process only consolidates the number of jobs. In order to increase the number of jobs, we need to increase the number of IPOs.

The next year will see the further rise of Apple, Facebook and Google platforms in the mobile space. Moving operations to the cloud will be normal. BRIC countries will continue to grow while other countries try to emulate them. After years of decline, there is a chance for growth.

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Dec. 20, 2010 The New Yorker

On Dec. 20, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Groupon Clipping” about Internet companies trying remain relevant or part of the next big thing like Google trying to buy Groupon.

Michael Specter wrote “The Doomsday Strain” about scientist Nathan Wolfe’s searching the world for new diseases and cures.

David Owen wrote “The Efficiency Dilemma” about US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and the idea that increasing energy efficiency might mean we just use more energy.

Pankaj Mishra wrote “Staying Power” about Mao Zedong’s rise in China.

Caleb Crain wrote “Tea And Antipathy” about the real Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.

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Dec. 8, 2010 SDF Fred Davis Holiday Gadgets

On December 8, 2010 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, the SDForum Emerging Tech SIG presented “Gadget Night with Fred Davis.” Davis is a media pioneer with roots in MacUser, CNET, Wired and currently with Forward Innovations. He and Lisa Padilla of Grabbit demonstrated the latest tech gadgets and talked about the significant trends in consumer and business technology.

Apple dominates gadgets this year. While the number of apps on the iPhone and iPad are increasing, people should look at the iTouch which has many of the same apps, features and games of an iPhone without the AT&T two year contract.

Speaking of contracts, the iPad can be networked using a contract with Verizon and the MiFi Mobile Hotspot. You can connect it to your camera using the iPad Camera Connection Kit with its own SD card reader. It can also be used as kind of a USB port, which the current iPad does not have. Davis thinks there are more features on iPhones that will migrate to the iPad like front and rear cameras. The most interesting news was the possibility of textbooks next year. Imagine having the latest and best textbooks for your child regardless of what state or school district you live in.

The iPod Nano and Shuffle prices of $149 and $49 are falling into the stocking stuffer category.

It was not all about Apple, but even Amazon’s Kindle has an app on the iPad. Amazon is looking for platforms to sell content and the Kindle appears to be just one way to do that. This brings up the issue of DRM and whether you own content or only rent it. Amazon inadvertently deleted George Orwells “1984” because it discovered it did not have the proper rights to publish it. Google has found itself in similar situations. There is nothing more disturbing than having a book disappear from your library. I wondered if an illegally downloaded copy of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” would cause an e-reader to ironically burst into flames.

Speaking of a nightmarish future with large screen televisions, Davis does not think much of the current expensive 3D televisions. Anything that requires glasses can give you a headache. There are other interesting things you can do with your existing TV. He likes the Sonos S5 multi-room wireless music system. Microsoft’s  Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect allows users to interact with the video games by tracking your every move in front of the screen. To get Americans off the couch, the Gruve personal activity monitor tracks your activity and calories as you move around. For the car, there is the Pioneer AVIC-X920BT which of course can be paired with your iPhone.

For cameras Davis likes the following: Canon EOS 7D, the Nikon D7000, Red Mysterium X camera, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750.

That’s it. Enjoy your holiday shopping.

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Jun. 23, 2010 AmBAR Medvedev Silicon Valley

On June 23, 2010 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Silicon Valley companies Apple and Cisco to learn how to set up a research and development center outside of Moscow in Skolkovo. Medvedev also spoke to AmBAR members at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium. While he used the latest iPad and Twitter in his speech, no photos were allowed to be taken at the event, sending mixed messages about openness and transparency. Obviously a lot of work needs to be done.

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Apr. 20, 2010 WCA Mobile OS War

On April 20, 2010 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, the WCA Mobile SIG presented “Mobile OS? 2010 and Beyond”. Lars Kamp of Accenture Growth Strategy Practice moderated panelists David Cao of ExtendLogic, Todd Crick of inCode Telecom, Asokan Thiyagarajan of Samsung Telecommunications America, Oliver Gunasekara of the Symbian Foundation and Hugh Fletcher of Verizon Wireless. They discussed who would be the winners and losers in the battle of mobile operating systems. There will be battles between open and closed systems, consumer and enterprise as well as mobile devices beyond phones.

By 2013, smart phones will be over thirty percent of the market and have the same amount of processing power of your laptop today. The question is who will dominate? Right now it looks like Apple, Android and Symbian. Apple seems to have commanding lead with over 150,000 applications for the iPhone and now iPad. The number of devices sold increases every quarter. Google’s Android continues to attract manufacturers, developers and carriers. The risk is that the Android OS may fragment as each party tries to optimize for its own advantage. Symbian OS 4 is about to be refreshed and is based on open architecture. There are Symbian phones batteries that can last over three weeks without recharging. Pretty amazing. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 OS is aiming for a consistent interface with computer and game consoles. RIM’s Blackberry OS 4.6 has a loyal following. Palm’s webOS is in trouble.

The winner will give users the best experience at the lowest cost on the fastest network. Do that and you win the war.

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Apr. 20, 2010 SDF PWC

On April 20, 2010 at Pillsbury Winthrop in Palo Alto, SDForum held the Quarterly Venture Breakfast Series in collaboration with PWC. Allison Leopold-Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Stephane Berthier of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Peter Sonsini of NEA and Andy Vitus of Scale Ventures. They discussed the growth of cloud players from Amazon, Google and Microsoft down to startups looking for their first round of funding.

While aware of trends and fads, venture capitalists look for the black swan. They want the entrepreneur with the track record and passion who understands how their product fits in an existing or entirely new market. While Amazon dominates the cloud infrastructure space with its ability to supply servers, there are many opportunities in applications, security and databases. MySql does not seem to be able to scale well in the cloud and that is an opportunity for some entrepreneur.

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Mar. 30, 2010 SDF Social Search

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On March 30, 2010 in Menlo Park at the Orrick Silicon Valley Office, SDForum’s Search SIG hosted Google’s Damon Horowitz presentation “Social Search.” Horowitz was co-founder and CTO of Aardvark which was acquired by Google in February, where he is now Director of Engineering.

After studying at Columbia, MIT and Stanford he built several intelligent language processing applications at Perspecta, Novation Biosciences and NewsDB. He thought there were limitations with language processing that could overcome by including humans in the loop.  Social search activates the good will to share knowledge. Everybody knows something and it turns out that humans want to help each other. If you ask the right person the right way you will get an answer. Most search engines attempt to organize all the information on the Internet and that is only a fraction of what is available in our heads. Horowitz wants to make all that other previously undigitized information available to search.

Aardvark tries to find the perfect person in your network to answer your question. You are part of a conversation with other experts in a search for useful content across platforms. Members can access it through Instant Messaging (IM), e-mail, website (vark.com), Twitter and an iPhone App. A version for Google’s Android is the next logical step. They  plan to be the social media for over 100 million people and have already attracted interest at TED, Davos, the World Bank, the Fortune 500 and of course the White House. The business model is advertising. If a human expert cannot answer your question a sponsored answer can be offered. That is an attractive option for businesses targeting consumers.

It’s funny that all this machinery that we thought would isolate us is leading us to talk to one another.

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Mar. 16, 2010 SDF BI SIG: Web Analytics

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On March 16, 2010 in Palo Alto at SAP, SDForum’s Business Intelligence SIG hosted Google’s Avinash Kaushik presentation on “Web Analytics 2.0: Rethinking Decision Making in a 2.0 World.” Kaushik is the author of “Web Analytics: An Hour A Day” and winner of the 2009 Statistical Advocate of the Year award from the American Statistical Association. Text from DJCline.com

In the old days analysts could make a prediction and if it was wrong, they could always say they did not have enough data. Today software can record every keystroke and click on the web. The result is a lot of data, some information and very little wisdom. What is the point of gathering all this information if it cannot result in productive analysis and useful decision-making? Kaushik thinks not just about conversion rates but completion rates. Your analysis is not about how consumers behave online but offline. Statisticians must see the people behind the numbers. Any traffic analysis software will show you that more people might be visiting Facebook more than Google. The answers might lie beyond the statistics and more in the way people relate to one another. Text from DJCline.com

I think it interesting that with all the technology and information we have today we are still thrown back to the days of Socrates and trying to find out what is true with our reasoning skills. Web Analytics 2.0 may require Philosophy 1.0.

Be sure to check out SDForum’s big event called  “The Analytics Revolution” on Friday, April 9, 2010.

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Mar. 4, 2010 SDF Wedbush and MoSoNex

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On Thursday March 4, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG hosted “Digital Media End-User Demographics and Generations” to discuss mobile consumption and distribution in the current mobile markets. The convergence of digital media in telecommunications and the Internet is spreading to all age groups and across international boundaries. Text from DJCline.com

Scott Sutherland, Managing Director of Technology Investments at Wedbush gave one of the best snapshots of the mobile industry so far. There are seven billion people on the planet, five billion have cell phones and one billion have Internet access. Mobile devices are now the dominant computing platform on the planet displacing desktop or laptop computers. The mobile market is fragmented by carriers, manufacturers and regulation. Companies that control hardware, software, content and the distribution network will eventually marginalize this crowded field. Text from DJCline.com

Who will dominate? Carriers jealously control access to get their percentage of texting and video. Hardware and software players push for proprietary standards. Content developers try to guard their content with DRM. Each of these controls only a part of the mobile market. Apple controls every aspect of the customer experience except the network it must get from carriers like AT&T. Google controls software with Android and arguably access to content, but does not control the hardware or network. The growth of WiFi could bypass the carriers entirely. The winners will be those who can dramatically simplify the situation for users. Text from DJCline.com

Gurminder Singh, Ph.D. CTO and COO of MoSoNex has devised such a solution. He wanted to send family pictures from America to his mother in India. He sent them to a relative’s cell phone living in the same house as his mother. While it took seconds to send the pictures half way around the world it took a month to transfer the pictures from a cell phone to a TV. Text from DJCline.com

MoSoNex has figured out how to simplify this process. You set up a friends and family network with all the players identified for easy access. You can then take a picture with your cell phone and send it to your grandmother. She can watch it on her iPTV or any other device like another cell phone. He also understands the broader implications of sending this beyond family and friends. I think you could make the group as large as you want and become a one man CNN by charging subscribers or selling ads. Text from DJCline.com

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