Silicon Valley is stupid (which is why it works)

According to David E. Weekly, CEO, Silicon Valley is stupid in three important ways — its startups are stupid, its government is stupid, and its investors are stupid. Companies are successful here because business intelligence is distributed, and the ultimate arbiter of correctness is the market.

Lessons from the TSA on how to launch a startup

Can you name America’s largest startup? It’s not Facebook or Amazon. It isn’t even a technology company. This giant startup is the Transportation Security Administration, and its massive scale offers a roadmap for entrepreneurs eager to turn big ideas into sustainable businesses.

Where the jobs are: How innovation sparks growth

Is your city thriving, or does it lag behind? If it lags, can it catch up? UC Berkeley economics professor, Enrico Moretti’s new book, The New Geography of Jobs examines how innovation clusters are causing massive shifts in where jobs, people and wealth are distributed.

Newspapers: It’s not a revenue problem, it’s a culture problem

According to a Pew Research Center report that looked at 38 newspapers, both large and small, some are seeing massive declines in digital revenue while others are seeing dramatic increases. One of the main reasons for this discrepancy, the report suggested, are cultural differences within newspapers.

How Apple gets away with lower R&D spending

For a company that manages to debut a new product line every few years that seizes the public’s attention worldwide, it is rather amazing to see how little Apple spends on research and development as a percentage of its sales compared to its peers.

Get ready for the Crunchies!

Hard to believe, but we’re already gearing up for the Crunchies, which will be held January 31, 2012, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Once again, GigaOM is co-hosting the annual event, which celebrates innovation and new technology, along with TechCrunch and VentureBeat.

Memo to media: A Facebook app is not innovation

Creating a Facebook app for your newspaper — or an iPhone app, or an app for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet — is a nice project, but real innovation consists of rethinking how a media company functions in a digital age on a more fundamental level.

Android Market driven by prolific, active devs

Android Market is paced by a number of very prolific app makers and it also sees more updates per app than the App Store, according to app ratings analytics and discovery firm Mobilewalla. The company found that Android users are also focused more on popular apps.

Netflix: Is it broadband’s cash cow or data hog?

Netflix may have become the new face of evil for wireline Internet service providers as they seek to impose caps or tiers on subscribers. But it also looks like Netflix is willing to play the part of consumer advocate, countering myths ISPs perpetrate around broadband scarcity.

Silicon Valley Isn’t the Center of the World

In the run-up to Thinking Digital, one of Britain’s top technology conferences, the entrepreneur behind the event says it is time for local startups to stop thinking that innovation and success can only happen in Silicon Valley. Herb Kim explains how to go beyond basic boosterism.

AT&T: Bring On The Developers, We Need Them

AT&T is ramping up its courtship of developers with the opening today of the first of three Foundry Innovation Centers in Plano, Texas. The center signals AT&T’s increasing willingness to collaborate with app developers as it tries to remain on the cutting edge of communications services.


Exclusive Event: The New Broadband Buildout

The investors, technologists and entrepreneurs responsible for the first broadband buildout are busy at work on a second-wave buildout that will boost capacity substantially. To better understand the opportunities and implications of this innovation, we’re bringing together a group of more than 50 thought leaders in a town hall forum at our San Francisco headquarters on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. (PST).

The conversation, led by GigaOM Senior Writer Stacey Higginbotham, will focus on what impact the broadband buildout will have on today’s technology markets, from web-based consumer services to cloud computing services for the enterprise.

The event itself is invite-only, but we’ll have the live video stream and archive footage available only at GigaOM Pro. If you have questions that you’d like us to address, or topics you hope we’ll cover, share them in the discussion area below. To watch the livestream or see archive footage, subscribe to GigaOM Pro and join us here at 9:30 a.m. (PST).

America's Secret Innovation Weapon: Immigration

On this 233rd celebration of U.S. Independence Day, in the midst of the worst economic recession in at least a lifetime, there is a national debate taking place as to the direction of the country. And while I’m confident that we will preserve our democracy and capitalism, I’m concerned about the tone and tenure of the discussion around immigration. Smart immigration policies will do more for American innovation and productivity than better math and science education, more spending on basic research and additional venture capital combined. If we get strategic about immigration, I believe the U.S. can preserve its economic leadership position in the world far longer than anyone currently expects.

Where In The World Is Innovation

This Innovation Heat Map crafted by McKinsey and the World Economic Forum maps innovation across the planet. Clearly Silicon Valley is in…

Microsoft SideSight: Should Apple Really Worry?

Keen not to be left behind by Apple’s increasing repertoire of multi-touch interface control gestures, Microsoft recently previewed a new technology called…

Thought of the Day

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” — John Milton Cage, Jr., artist,…

Circumvent that Patent Tar Pit

Ok, so if you’re not worried about fundraising, chances are you’re worried about your IP. We’ve written a lot about the question…

Rogue Amoeba’s Live Disc

Rogue Amoeba – makers of some stellar audio software – are gearing up for another Macworld Expo in San Francisco, and have…

Introducing, Found|LINKS

Once a week we’ll begin publishing a quick index of useful posts from startup CEOs and founders –– stuff they’re writing and…

Tip from Google: Don't Bet on One 'Big Bang.'

This morning I ran across a nice interview in Inc. magazine with Google’s Matthew Glotzbach, who runs Google Enterprise, the search giant’s…