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The tech industry has cut a Google’s worth of jobs in the past 12 months
bigger companies, more profitable products, with less people. // “It would be wrong to assume that increased job cuts are a sign of weakness in the tech sector,” Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John Challenger said in a statement. “The simple fact is that the industry is going through a transformation and companies either have to shift their focus or risk extinction. We will always need technology, but how we interact with it, as well as where and when we interact with it, are changing rapidly.” //&! http://recode.net/2016/04/19/intel-chipmaker-mobile-earnings-restructuring/ - Intel missed the mobile revolution. Now it faces its day of reckoning.
Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  Instagram  WhatsApp  productivity  Software  Eats  The  World  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Software  Revolution  Software  Development  Slack  Facebook  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  winner  take  all  IBM  Intel  Microsoft  Salesforce  antitrust  overhead  cost  center  AWS  cloudcomputing  Cloudstorage  Netflix  Amazon  Azure  Google  Cloud  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Oracle  Mobile  Creative  scalability  scaling  scale  Snapchat  Twitter  Apple  automation  robotics  AI  artificial  intelligence  3D  printing  autonomous  cars  self-driving  cars  labour  market  job  market  skill  gap  skills  gap  homescreen 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Phablet Effect – AVC
[ remote control for your life, of your life ] Tablets are niche. Watches are niche. You could even argue that desktops are becoming niche. Everything pales in comparison to the smartphone it seems. [ small computer connected to super computer and all the worlds information ] & [ will have also impact on semiconductor business. marginal costs lower for mass smartphone parts, could (will eventually) find its way into the data center according to a16z Peter Levine and Benedict Evans and others. - bit.ly/1Jcx77U - Mobile Invades the Data Center & Consumerization (commodity hardware and software (OPEN SOURCE) will orchestrate everything else) of the Data Center &! bit.ly/1TZZVuH &! &! A Copernican Update … In Tech, the Smartphone Is the Center - bit.ly/1TZZZun // &! bit.ly/1JGyI9Z - The smartphone is the new sun.
phablet  Tablet  Smartphone  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  snacking  technological  history  technological  progress  semiconductor  marginal  cost  commodity  business  commoditization  data  center  cloudcomputing  economics  of  abundance  Moore's  Law  Technology  Intel  Nvidia  AMD  ATI  ARM  Platform  Open  Source  Mainframe  Open  Hardware  Qualcomm  Google  Apple  MediaTek 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
[PREMONEY 2014] Venture-nomics: The Explosion Of Micro-Funds & The LP Fatigue Epidemic - YouTube
(1) fundy changes, how little it costs to get sw product/company off the ground. [...] (X) Private Market keeps lots of value creation to itself, much longer time to IPO & Wall Street' short-term demands. // // see also other [PREMONEY 2014] videos on this channel
Venture  Capital  2014  2015  Open  Source  cloudcomputing  Cloudstorage  SPV  Angel  Investor  Seed  Round  Crowd  Funding  Private  Market  Wall  Street 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Will Somebody Finally Buy Rackspace, Please | TechCrunch
In today’s cloud market climate, a mid-tier player like Rackspace has been caught between a rock and a hard place for some time, squeezed in an infrastructure service market dominated by big players like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. As these players engage in a fight to the bottom in an escalating pricing war, a company like Rackspace whose main focus is infrastructure services finds it increasingly difficult to compete, especially when these other companies can cover their losses with more profitable parts of their organizations. [...] Faced with that kind of landscape, Rackspace walked away from the IaaS [ Infrastructure as a Service ] market altogether last month, moving to what they were calling a managed approach. In other words, they would help companies manage their cloud services.
Rackspace  differentiation  differentiate  cloudcomputing  Wall  Street  AWS  Amazon  Google  Cloud  Microsoft  Azure  PaaS  SaaS  IaaS  customer  service  service  industry  convenience  Services  service  economy  customer  experience 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Box’s updated S-1 contains onerous hidden penalties if the company is late to IPO | PandoDaily
As I’ve written time and again, Box’s destiny is hardly certain at this stage and drawing such rigid lines in the sand could easily come back to burn the company. Levie, it seems, had no other choice than to accept these onerous terms. It’s not altogether uncommon for late stage investors to request downside protection when a company’s performance is in question. Early stage investors do the same by way of liquidation preference and discounted, capped notes. But the very extent of TPG and Coatue’s protections suggest that Box was in a particularly bad negotiating position. With just eight months of runway left when filing its S-1 in March, this is indeed the case. [...] +++ insert price war from Google and Amazon. Rackspace not able to compete with companies that can feed Zero Margin Offerings through cashcows (AdSense) - http://youtu.be/8uMEjg9vVQA / Or the other way around; VC firms buying into an IPO for 2-3x return and the name of the company on its homepage http://bit.ly/1jpyZTm
Box.com  Box  IPO  S-1  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  late-stage  funding  growth  round  Why  Software  Is  Eating  the  World  Software  Is  Eating  World  SAAS  Cloudstorage  cloudcomputing  Amazon  Google  Rackspace  multi-product  company 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Aaron Levie of Box - TWiST #224 - YouTube
min 35:40 - Freemium in the business space is even cooler than in the consumer space. min 39 - Marc Andreessen "how much do you need to win in this space? how fast do you need to grow, to win." [cost of customer acquisition (freemium, and or Bounty Model from Paypal) and retention]. and define what is winning, what scenario? what measure? ... key accounts long-term commitment? ad spend from key accounts? customer happiness - retention? resellers, dominating sales channels to a vertical of business type and SME/SMB's? min 53 - new playbook is now Get Big, then turn on revenue. disrupt the ecosystem/existing business model, winner takes all. min 54 - how you go from a small shop with profit to raising $+100m round telling than that they get multiples back in their investment, that comes when you live a time here in Palo Alto/Silicon Valley. (crunchbase.com/organization/box) + follow-up "having a playbook." + war for talent: 1 disenfranchised 2 ppl wnt 2 create value, 3 business model
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
re:publica 2014 - Sarah Spiekermann: Die ethische Maschine - YouTube
From Technological hype cycles to Singularity and Ethics. Humans stand above technology. - www.google.co.uk/search?q=ray+kurzweil+transhumanism + google.co.uk/search?q=Peter+Thiel+singularity + google.co.uk/search?q=chomsky+singularity
Sarah  Spiekermann  Silicon  Valley  hype  hype  cycle  buzzword  Big  Data  mobile  first  cloudcomputing  context  location  personalisation  personalized  design  Transhumanism  singularity  Ray  Kurzweil  peterthiel  evolution  Noam  Chomsky  Peter  Thiel  ethics  governance  corporate  governance  Google  Robotics  Don't  be  evil  Gesellschaftswerte  Gesellschaftsform  Privacy  Facebook  Values  systems  design  transparency  ethical  machine  identity  individuality  personal  vault  personal  agent  emotion  product  design  reflection  Philosophy  humanity  human  progress  human  rights  FNAC  Function-Hype  innovation  innovator  morality  morals  AI  artificial  intelligence  Internet  Privacy  system  design  Turing  Test  Three  Laws  of  Robotics  Isaac  Asimov 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Lenovo to buy IBM's low-end server unit for $2.3 billion | Reuters
It would not be easy for Lenovo turn around the server unit, however. IBM's low-margin server business has posted seven quarters of losses as clients move to the cloud. "To generate costs synergy, Lenovo will need to move most of the manufacturing from IBM's existing facility in Virginia to Asia while keeping some R&D in the U.S.," Lau said. The server business being sold by IBM, which produced low-cost x86 servers, competes with Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell but lags both in market share. + http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-23/lenovo-to-buy-ibm-server-unit-for-2-3-billion-amid-pc-slump.html "[S]egment’s gross margin -- the percentage of sales remaining after taking out production costs -- also is getting squeezed. It fell 3.5 percentage points to 36 percent last year. That compares with an 89 percent margin for its software business."
IBM  Lenovo  Cloudstorage  cloudcomputing  margin  commoditization  commodity  business  SaaS  Service  Industry  Enterprise  Services  IT  Industry 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
Steve Ballmer’s Memo To Microsoft Staff: “We Must Move At Cloud Speed”
We need to be (and are) willing to change our business models to take advantage of the cloud.
cloudcomputing  microsoft  strategy  turnaround  stevebalmer  management  product  google  amazon 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Apple Plots Reboot of iTunes for Web - WSJ.com
Apple is exploring an overhaul of the way it sells and stores music that is aimed at extending its influence to the Web, according to people briefed on the strategy.

The key vehicle for the move is Apple's newly acquired music-streaming service La La Media Inc. for which Apple paid $85 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Where Apple's iTunes requires users to download music onto a specific computer, Lala.com lets users buy and listen to music through a Web browser, meaning its customers can access purchases from anywhere, as long as they are connected to the Internet.

Apple is considering adopting that same model for songs sold on iTunes, a change that would give consumers more ways

That new business model extends Apple's grip on the music business, giving it the ability to sell music through search engines and other Web sites and broaden its reach beyond people who come to its virtual store.
apple  itunes  Lala  music  technology  cloudcomputing  cloud  online  streaming  musicindustry  strategy 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
Apple to Buy the Music Start-Up Lala - NYTimes.com
One reason Lala may not have taken off is that people do not necessarily want to entrust their music collection to the servers of a start-up whose prospects are uncertain. There would be no such uncertainty with Apple.
Apple  streaming  music  cloud  cloudcomputing  trust  Lala  musicindustry 
december 2009 by asterisk2a

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