A Hurricane Ike for Tech Start-UpsVentureWire Alert (free subscription required) today reported that venture capitalists are advising their portfolio firms to prepare for a potential nuclear winter. One venture capitalist featured in today’s newsletter was quoted as telling firms “to slow down their burn rate, and not concentrate on pushing their valuations up”.
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Many writers explore just one tech sector. Brian looks at the entire tech ecosystem to better understand the often conflicted relationships between software vendors, integrators, outsourcers and more.
Brian is currently CEO of TechVentive, a strategy consultancy serving technology providers and other firms. He is also a research analyst with Vital Analysis.
Why Oracle Bought Primavera Now ?(Note: I actually prepared this post 24 hours before the Oracle - Primavera announcement.
Where are the lucky couple registered?Yesterday, Oracle announced that it would be purchasing Primavera.
My Kingdom for Capital Expenditure FundingThe current meltdown on Wall Street is definitely having an impact on the technology sector. This week's recent earnings forecast from SAP rather convincingly showed us that the capital markets will adversely impact technology sales.
Alas Liquidity Events, I Knew Them Well....If only wanting a liquidity event and getting it were that easy.
Did technology play a role in the financial services meltdown?A columnist for a major IT publication documented his positions on the role of IT in the current financial services meltdown.
The Spin of TechnologyThe other day, I was with some colleagues as we discussed how well software salespeople can spin. Forget the political talking heads on cable news television as they have nothing on a great EVP of Sales for software company.
(Satire)For those of you who work for a technology firm, particularly you Marketing types, you will no doubt want to hold an “Analyst Day” to wow, dazzle and impress some influential types - like IT Research Analysts and the Enterprise Irregulars (disclosure - I'm an EI member). Do it right and you’ll get IT Research firms, bloggers and traditional media types to dedicate a lot of coverage (and hopefully a lot of positive buzz) towards your product lines.
Can't We Have a More Civilized Flying World?cSeveral media outlets picked up on a study released by the Travel Industry Association last week that indicated that 41 million Americans are forgoing air travel due to the hassles involved in doing so today.
Importance of Financial Services to the Consulting & Outsourcing IndustryWhile consultants and systems integrators have some enviable margins, these firms don’t always make huge profits as they employ expensive resources who aren’t always chargeable. In fact, these firms can be quite vulnerable to minor economic swings or the loss of a key client.