Former head of Microsoft Research and now head of patent foundry Intellectual Ventures Nathan Myhrvold doesn't mind being called a patent troll (video here and here). He wants to be the first "invention capitalist.
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As many have been saying for months, beating to death on the Gillmor Gang, Ray Ozzie is leading the new Webified Microsoft strategy. David Kirkpatrick of Fortune tells the inside story, and outlines the brewing battle between Microsoft and the Web giants:Microsoft has to move before Google or even Yahoo!
Last month search engines had a good month, especially Google. Overall searches are up 10 percent from March 05 to March 06, which doesn't seem extraordinary.
Slick job search engine Simply Hired picked up $13.5 million from Fox Interactive Media and Foundation Capital, bringing total financing to $17.
While I was at Software 2006, I spent a half an hour with Tata Consultancy Services, CEO S. Ramadorai, who has spent 34 years with the Mumbai-based company.
BNET has posted some short videos on business topics. My favorite is "How to host a power lunch," which goes into great detail about proper etiquette for business lunching.
Earlier this year Qlusters crossed the chasm from proprietary to open source software. The small company, backed by blue-chip VCs, took nearly three years of proprietary code development for its sophisticated systems management software and open sourced it under a modified (attribution only) Mozilla Public License.
Over at TechCrunch, Frank Gruber just posted a brief comparison of mapping services from Ask, Google, MapQuest, Windows Live and Yahoo.Mapquest is the most popular mapping service but lags on features and usability.
The California Dept. of Technology has started making video and audio of their meetings available online.
Baseline Magazine has come up with its list of the 100 Smartest Companies, but it's not evident that the top companies really have more brain power than the field. The rankings are based on the value that people, using the 'tools' available to them, bring to a company, measured ba a "knowledge value per employee" formula: First, subtract the company's shareholder equity from its market capitalization.