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The government knows best Bryan. You would be well served to get on board, with all the other spoon-fed lemmings, and stop your rabble rousing. However true your comments may be, the truth means little anymore.
5 days, 9 hours ago on A San Francisco rent control parable
I've met two of the 'kids' in the Thiel Fellowship program, one who dropped out of school after his freshman year. These kids are some of the best and brightest I've seen and will learn so much more through programs like this. I'm keeping my eye on this, Draper University and Singularity University as an exciting and promising alternative to the legacy path we used to call 'formal education'.
1 week, 1 day ago on There goes Peter Thiel again, corrupting the youth with opportunity
Who gives a rat's ass about the ad? It's a freaking stout phone. How about you write something about that?????
2 months, 1 week ago on HTC’s horrible HTC One commercial is just the latest example of tone-deaf marketing
I'm extremely excited about the opportunities in the enterprise technology space. It is not so easy to pigeonhole the current wave as in past major technology shifts (Mainframe to distributed Minicomputer, proprietary to open systems/client server, custom developed apps to off the shelf, PC, internet, etc). This time it appears to be different and happening on several fronts (cloud, mobile, social, big data, open source, BYOD) and so many new classes of competitors emerging on several fronts. I think the biggest challenges facing enterprises today is how to effectively manage the transition to the newest new world of enterprise computing and whom to trust in making the right bets on all the choices facing CIOs and decision making executives. In order to remain relevant and deliver value, IT organizations are stretched to the limit in having to maintain existing investments in all the applications and systems costing many millions of dollars, while evaluating and implementing new approaches to traditional problems and challenges.
If I am forced to pick one area where I think large organizations will struggle the most, it would be how to effectively make sense of and how to manage the crush of data and how it will affect their businesses, and in every major functional area. Companies are faced with new and crushing sources of data and how to deal with it. No longer is data simply coming from internal transactional systems in a structured, predictable format. It is now coming in all forms and from many different sources, completely random, unstructured, unfiltered, and unsecured. Call it big data, call it social data, call it data science, call it whatever you will but companies have an enormous challenge, and therefor an opportunity to figure this out and those who do will have a big advantage in the coming years. I'm most excited with companies like Platfora, Datameer, Palantir, Splunk, Cloudera and too many more to name here.
To link the term 'bubble' with anything enterprise is simply ridiculous. Big IT companies like Oracle, SAP, Infor, IBM, Accenture, etc still enjoy the lions share of IT spend and mindshare. This is not likely to end anytime soon but there are dozens if not hundreds of new companies who are working feverishly to define the new enterprise computing model. We are still in the very early stages of a massive transition. How to maintain the old (legacy) while bringing in the new is a constant challenge facing IT departments and business unit executives. The adoption and growth rates of the new upstarts (or startups) are indeed staggering but still tiny in comparison. Some of the new players will remain independent and become the next Oracle, salesforce, etc. Many will get acquired as a means for the big, entrenched players to remain relevant and profitable.
My definition of the term 'enterprise' is quite simple. Has the 'enterprise' startup employed professional sales reps to peddle their wares and form relationship bonds with big target companies, with multi-million dollar budgets, long sales and buying cycles, integrated into core big company business processes, board level or business unit head level decisions and carrying million dollar quotas? If not, you are not quite an enterprise company. Atlassian supposedly and proudly says they don't employ sales reps and have been enormously successful in getting very large companies to adopt their geekery via viral means only. While this may be an anomaly, I don't really see this emerging as the new way to do enterprise sales for business solutions/software, whether on premise or cloud-based. Just ask any of the principles at Andreesen Horowitz.
Future of enterprise software on mobile or desktops? Yes.
2 months, 1 week ago on Let’s talk about enterprise: Share your thoughts for a chance to win tickets to Stanford and Accel Partners’ enterprise symposium
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Calendar of social media, tech & marketing events: April 2013
Do you really think Facebook cares one wit about this? I don't.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Facebook still has an Android problem
Bryan, thank you for your well written and heartfelt expose on just how Democrat politicians work. Quite simply, they lie. They lie to get tax increases passed. They lie to get gargantuan projects passed. They lie to get massive healthcare initiatives passed. You are a very intelligent, accomplished and highly successful entrepreneur but a complete fool when it comes to casting your vote and your allegiance to the Democrats. They are funded and fed by corrupt and coddled labor unions, who in turn fund and coddle corrupt Democrat politicians. Did you cringe when the HSR cost estimate ballooned from $33 billion to $98 billion after it was passed? Did you question how quickly the estimate fell to the now $68 billion? Will you cringe when it is finally finished in 2098 at $3 trillion and nobody rides it? Do you remember when Obama said there were no tax increases in his massive healthcare bill? (There were). Did you question it when he said the healthcare bill would be revenue neutral? (It won't). Did you know you voted yourself a tax increase at 4 levels of government? (City, County, State and Federal). I bet you didn't. Are you proud that Ed Lee's city payroll tax will be replaced with a gross receipts tax? Guess what, it's a tax increase. Are you proud that the city parking rates have increased, yet again? How about the 10 cent grocery bag tax? We are now being nickel and dimed to death in every area possible. And they're not stopping. Obama want's another tax increase. So does Jerry Brown. Taxed Enough Already? (TEA). Likely not until the people wake up and find out there is nothing left to tax. ps. I'm not a Republican either and they are no better. Registered with no party affiliation. They're all corrupt and beholden to big monied interests whether you're a corporation, labor union, trial lawyer, environmentalist or lobbyist. Individuals and other little guys getting screwed at every turn. I'm sharpening my pitchfork. This is not America anymore.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Because of asset seizures, I am starting my new company outside California
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Newsflash: Marissa Mayer isn’t a dictator. She runs one company. Shut up and let her
The keyword here is 'traditional'. The whole retail experience is changing from the consumer perspective, supply chain perspective. I've seen many product categories no longer available in a retail store and only available online, which irks the hell out of me after driving to the store. However, shopping is inherently a social experience and many times done with family or friends. That is not likely to change anytime soon....or is it?
4 months ago on Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death
McAfee sounds like a real winner, in the Charlie Sheen fashion. No thanks. Now may I have the 45 seconds back I wasted reading the first few paragraphs? (I didn't finish the disgusting post)
4 months, 1 week ago on We take John McAfee to a gun shop where he terrifies a Jackass
I knew Apple was a bubble
4 months, 3 weeks ago on It’s time to throw in the towel on Apple
Time to pull the plug on this train wreck of corruption and incompetence.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/29/rwandan_ghosts
If what you mean by 'networking event' an event that is solely themed with open networking, then I have to agree with the premise of your post. On the other hand, I do all my networking at events like the PandoMonthly fireside chat, or SFNewTech startup demos, or VentureBeat's CloudBeat conference, etc, where you have the opportunity to soak up some high value content, learn something new, discover interesting new startups and network with like minded people over a theme that is relevant and meaningful. I've built many long term and mutually beneficial relationships in such an environment. Generic mixers, generic networking events generally suck as you so eloquently point out. My only rule is be relevant or move on, and quickly.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Networking is for losers
I think the litmus test for the term 'enterprise' should only be used if it requires a sales rep to make a sales call on a corporate buyer.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Apparently everything is an enterprise company now
Is that a three-legged Boston Terrier on the left?
6 months, 4 weeks ago on #DominateFund badly misses the celebrity integration mark
How about this: A flesh first approach to life destroys; destroys marriages, destroys careers, destroys character and slowly but surely destroys your soul. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/20/what_lessons_will_the_army_take_away_from_petraeus_my_fear_is_the_wrong_ones
For some reason I can't think this is the final word on the Uber-Sandy affair. This is a PR disaster for Uber any way you slice it. However, it really begs the question of how private companies who stand to benefit after a major disaster should operate in recovery. People (and government regulators) will likely have long memories on this one.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on A final word on Uber and their ghastly attempt to spin their way to sainthood
Let's face it. Babies are funny.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on $9.8M richer, Dollar Shave Club may have survived the subscription commerce reckoning
@RVN SF VET @Rubber Ducky My bad. Obama can do no wrong. The perennial excuse is "It's Bush's fault". How can I get on of these hall passes that never expires?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/03/pentagon_to_mcchrystal_put_a_sock_in_it
@Rubber Ducky I was referring to Obama's gloating on the killing of OBL for political points, in stark violation of national security, and you channel Bush, a head fake so to speak. Bushes follies are well chronicled but not the topic of this article or thread. Having said that, your comments are quite laughable. Others do the heavy lifting while Obama takes the credit. He is a narcissistic, rank amateur and his adolescence and lack of meaningful experience have exposed for all to see, except you of course.