Think Tank: Thinking Outside the Box

by Leigh Anne Varney on December 11, 2015

wwdDoes this scenario sound familiar? You can’t open your front door because there are so many UPS and FedEx boxes blocking the entryway. You lug in all the packages, open them up, and lay out your haul — toilet paper, diapers and toothbrushes in one box. The new Jonathan Franzen book in another.

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bostAmazon Prime has eliminated the shopping list for me. When it occurs to me that we’re going to need something soon, I just go online and buy it with one click, whether I need it right now or not.

This may not be the most economical way to shop, to say nothing of the environmental impact. My stairwell looks like a miniature warehouse, with full boxes coming in and flattened boxes going out. This year, I decided to do things a little differently, buying basically everything I need for Christmas gifts for my two boys online using Jet.com.

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The Highs and Lows of the Company Formerly Known as HP

December 2, 2015

As 76-year-old Hewlett Packard splits itself apart, here’s a look at moves and miscues that brought it to this point. As the storied tech icon Hewlett-Packard launches a new era as two companies, it’s by no means clear that either can replicate HP’s past successes, as evidenced by the company’s most recent earnings report. Read […]

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Small Business Wi-Fi Without the Worry

November 13, 2015

Businesses and consumers expect a lot from Wi-Fi networks, and both the number and variety of wireless devices—laptops, tablets, smartphones, sensors—continue to increase. Tom Clavel, product manager at Ruckus Wireless, says that as more people come to rely on mobile devices and apps, they count on finding wireless networks to help them locate the products they […]

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Facebook, Amazon and Other Tech Giants Tighten Grip on Internet Economy

November 6, 2015

Online search, messaging, advertising, applications, computing and storage are delivered on demand By DON CLARK And  ROBERT MCMILLAN Updated Nov. 5, 2015 8:26 p.m. ET Computing hardware has long served as the critical backbone of business operations. Today, the Internet economy is powered by an infrastructure that has become virtual, and is controlled by a […]

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Jet.com’s $500M Fundraise with Fidelity

November 6, 2015

Bain Capital Ventures VC Scott Friend backed Jet.com when it was an idea on paper. BCV led Jet’s $140 million A round with a $20 million check earlier this year, following its contribution to the $55 million seed in 2014. You can sense a kind of release when Friend talks about how the would-be Amazon […]

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Nasdaq doubles down on trading unicorn shares

October 23, 2015

Nasdaq has doubled down on the market for private company shares, including those of the richly valued unicorns running herd through venture capital. In a transaction that sources say topped $10 million, the exchange’s subsidiary Nasdaq Private Markets acquired SecondMarket Solutions and said it would integrate the two organizations into a single transaction site for […]

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With Buyout, Xamarin Adds Java to its Cross-Platform Mobile Dev Portfolio

October 23, 2015

By David Ramel10/22/2015 Xamarin now claims to be the only cross-platform mobile development vendor that allows for native iOS and Android app creation in both C# and Java, having acquired technology for the latter language with an acquisition of Swedish company RoboVM. “The acquisition brings together the top two languages in enterprise development and a […]

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Talal Shamoon: VW’s hack and the future of the automobile

October 5, 2015

Technology disruption rear-ended Volkswagen in a most ironic way last week. While many have written about VW’s arrogant approach to emissions testing, few have noted a more serious issue that goes to the heart of all mainstream carmakers’ modus operandi. At the center of the scandal is how VW used a piece of software to […]

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SharesPost 100 chief on how he helps common man get into startup investing

September 2, 2015

Sven Weber, the former president of SVB Capital at Silicon Valley Bank, these days is doing his venture investing for the moms and pops of the world who don’t have the wealth needed to legally invest in startups. As president of the San Francisco-based SharesPost 100 mutual fund, he buys up stakes in late-stage venture-backed businesses in hopes of cashing […]

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Aricent Buys SmartPlay

August 15, 2015

article by Rick Merritt SAN JOSE, Calif. – Design services firm Aricent acquired SmartPlay Technologies of Bangalore for an estimated $180 million. A rise in demand for custom versions of server chip sets is one of the opportunities the merged company will pursue. Read the article  

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Fitbit wins Wall Street debut, but competitors enter heated market

June 29, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — In a day of superlatives, Fitbit became the first wearable fitness tech firm to join Wall Street on Thursday, set a record for U.S. consumer electronics stock offerings and enjoyed a 48 percent pop in its public debut. Read the article By Heather Somerville

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Game changer: Goodbye disk, hello superfast in-memory databases

June 29, 2015

When it comes to enterprise computing, to paraphrase the title of a popular song, it’s all about the database. Whether you’re a Netflix serving up the latest videos to millions of consumers, a national retailer trying to figure out what’s in stock, or a bank or hospital trying to analyze trends among all the big data […]

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Fitbit prices shares at $20, becomes largest consumer tech IPO

June 29, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitbit, the leading wearable fitness tracker that has made step- and calorie-counting popular among all sorts of consumers, priced shares at $20 ahead of its first day of trading, underscoring the surprisingly strong financial condition of a company pioneering a new area of consumer hardware. Read the article by Heather Somerville

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Engineering Shortage Persists

June 11, 2015

Lower engineering salaries means managers should brace themselves for the revolving door, especially when 3-7-year itch kicks in. “Engineers are impossible to find,” says Frank Kern. He should know, as chief executive of product engineering firm Aricent he employs 11,000 software developers. Read the article by Rick Merritt

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Marketing technology is eating the customer journey

May 6, 2015

Marketing has evolved. Today’s marketers own more customer data and touchpoints than ever before, and more than any other department. New digital channels and devices — including search, social media, and mobile — have empowered consumers and complicated the customer journey. On each of these, consumers create unprecedented amounts of data about themselves and their […]

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Computer-Security Industry Critiques Itself Following High-Profile Breaches

May 6, 2015

Nearly 500 companies will gather in San Francisco this week, seeking a piece of the $80 billion industry that tries to keep bad people out of good people’s computers. By DANNY YADRON April 20, 2015 Read the article

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Android Devs – Grab a Slice of the Apple Pie: RoboVM and Interface Builder Basics

May 5, 2015

For us Java folks, Android has been a breath of fresh air when it comes to Java on the client. Being able to reuse our arsenal of IDEs, 3rd party libraries, JVM languages and build & dependency management tools has opened up the opportunity to also take a stab at mobile development. Sure, there are […]

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How fear and self-preservation are driving a cyber arms race

May 5, 2015

When a man was fired from his job in Minneapolis, Minn., last May, he inadvertently touched off a boom in Silicon Valley. Gregg Steinhafel, then a 35-year veteran of Target and its CEO, was shown the door after hackers infiltrated the retailer’s computer systems, stealing 70 million shoppers’ information and 40 million credit and debit […]

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Industry Split on Schwab’s Robo-Advisor

March 11, 2015

Charles Schwab became the first custodian to release it’s own automated asset allocation platform for retail investors on Monday. The launch of Intelligent Portfolios ignited a debate over Schwab’s “no fees” claim and the impact the so-called “robo-advisor” would have on the financial technology sector as a whole. Read the article

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