March 27, 2007

Werner Vogels, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Amazon.com

Mr. Vogels is the VP and CTO of Amazon.com. His talk focused on how Amazon has created an the backbone which can enable small start-ups to reach scale by using the Amazon’s infrastructure. The talk centered around how to build a business around ideas verses resources. Amazon services is designed to help a launch new businesses. Building an architecture to […]
March 27, 2007

VC Forum – Web 2.0 and Wall Street

Panel with Tim O”Reilly and William H. Janeway, Vice Chairman, Warburg Pincus andPeter Bloom, Managing Director, General Atlantic LLC. What can Web 2.0 learn from the financial markets and visa versa? Attributes of Web 2.0 demonstrated on Wall Street. Speed matters. e-Trade strived for a 9 second trade. Average trade on NYSE is now 30 milliseconds. A thousand transaction a […]
March 27, 2007

Jeff Jonas – IBM Chief Scientist

Using an story of a cheating Vegas dealer illegally working with a customer to illustrate how data silos don’t interact, Jeff introduced the concept of “Enterprise Amnesia”. In this story the dealer and customer share a common address – clearly a signal that something is wrong. “Enterprise Amnesia” is when marketing, HR an security departments don’t share a common database. […]
March 27, 2007

Live from the O”Reilly Emerging Technology Conference

I am blogging today from the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego. In 2006, my friend and colleague Philip Wolf coined the phrase Travel 2.0 to describe the new focus on user-generated content and improved user interfaces in online travel. To all deference to Philip, it was Tim O”Reilly who actually coined the original Web 2.0 phrase to describe […]
March 6, 2007

New Joint Study with PhoCusWright

In an effort to answer my prior blog entry regarding the commodification of self-booking technology, I am pleased to announce a new joint research study with PhoCusWright. As most of you know I have a long association with Philip’s organization as an analyst and subcontractor on multiple projects over the last 6 years. In 2003, we jointly published a study […]
February 28, 2007

The World is Flat

In his 2005 book, The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman describes the unplanned cascade of technological and social shifts that effectively leveled the economic world, and “accidentally made Beijing, Bangalore and Bethesda next-door neighbors.” I experienced this phenomenon first hand recently evaluating suppliers for a consulting engagement. When it came down to the short list of suppliers that met this […]