Silicon Valley is stupid (which is why it works)

According to David E. Weekly, CEO Oha.na, 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.…

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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.…

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E-books, innovation and antitrust

What's happening in the e-book market is not fundamentally different from what happened in the music industry. The retail price of recorded music has plunged thanks to digital technology and the record labels lost market power. At the same time, innovation has flourished at the retail level…

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Will cloud computing push the BRIC market to the front?

"Cloud first" markets — those where companies' first serious engagements with information technology are in the form of cloud computing — are beginning to emerge. For the BRIC economies in particular, this might mean a chance to adopt low-cost solutions that will give companies a clear competitive advantage over more established enterprises bogged down by legacy infrastructure. Many pieces are already in place, and so it is worth pondering where the real force behind our knowledge industries will wind up in the next few years.…

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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.…

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Inmagic IdeaNet: B2B innovation management

Last week, Inmagic introduced IdeaNet, an innovation management platform. I spoke with Phillip Green, Inmagic’s CTO, about how the company approaches B2B collaboration and how its clients integrate innovation into customer interactions. I came away from the conversation with a new appreciation for keeping things simple.…

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