DAILY FIVE (3/7)

07 March 2011

1. Biggest Tech PR Disasters, PC Magazine, Brian Heater

Want to take a look back at the best tech company public relations disaster? We do!

2. Technology grads not ready for resurgent economy: survey, ZDNet, Joe McKendrick

Are graduates of IT programs at colleges and universities capable of hitting the ground running?  Not likely, says a new survey of 376 employers.

3. Career Watch: Six promising technology job titles, Computer World, Jamie Eckle

What is the single best way to keep up with changes in our industry? By being involved.

4. Tech companies desperate for “rockstarninja engineers”, CNN, Laurie Segall

With launch costs low and valuations soaring, startups are multiplying like rabbits in tech hot zones like New York and Silicon Valley.

5. Biz Break: Silicon Valley tech companies are hiring, but jobless rate has climbed, San Jose Mercury News, Frank Michael Russell

Silicon Valley’s jobless rate climbed in January from the month before as employers trimmed seasonal jobs, the California Employment Development reported today.

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“Tech In 5″ with Don Rainey, Grotech Ventures

07 March 2011

In this installment of “Tech in 5,” we sat down with Don Rainey, General Partner at Grotech Ventures in Vienna, Virginia, to discuss why the DC/Maryland/Virginia region continues to be a hot-bed for technology start-ups. Grotech Ventures focuses on local early stage investments and has helped guide some of the region’s top companies such as BroadSoft and LivingSocial to national prominence. Check out the video below to see what all the local start-up buzz is about and check out the Grotech website to learn more about their current portfolio of investments.

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DAILY FIVE (3/3)

03 March 2011

1. Obama Spreads Innovation Agenda To Middle America, Huffington Post, John Dearborn

On February 22, President Obama visited Cleveland with an impressive team of five cabinet members and two senior administration officials for the first in a series of Winning the Future Forum on Small Business gatherings across the country.

2. What Obama and Congress Should Do for Technology & Innovation, Tech News Daily, Staff

We asked one simple question: If you could ask President Obama and Congress to do one thing related to your field that would be for the good of the economy and the country, what would it be and why?

3. iPad 2 Launch: 5 Things You Need to Know, PC World, Ian Paul

Apple’s original iPad drew big crowds during its U.S. and international launches, and the iPad 2 promises more of the same. With that in mind, here’s a quick look at some of things you need to know before braving the crowds next Friday.

4. The iPad 2 is here, but laptops are not going away any time soon, ZDNet, James Kendrick

While I like a good tablet in my hands, I am aware enough to understand that the laptop is not going away any time soon, post-PC blockbuster or not.

5. The Top 10 Clean-Tech Companies, Wall Street Journal, Colleen Debaise

Companies that make everything from solar panels to renewable-crude oil continue to be big draws for funding from the venture-capital community.

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Redefining Innovation

01 March 2011

We tend to correlate innovation with factors that directly impact our economy: products invented, jobs created, money generated, etc. So when the MIT Technology Review released its annual list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies last week, few were surprised at the inclusion of usual suspects such as Google, IBM and Apple.

Still this year’s list is noteworthy in that it challenges us to develop our notion of what is truly innovative. If I were to tell you of a company that has earned no money, created no jobs, and is run mostly by part-time volunteers, you might not rush to put them it in the same breath as those aforementioned behemoths. Yet Ushahidi, an open source platform run out of Kenya, finds itself on MIT’s list while traditional and innovative giants like Verizon and Nintendo find themselves – at least for this year – on the outside looking in.

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, spawned in the wake of the infamous and devastating post-election violence that ravaged Kenya in early 2008. Users could text or tweet to report incidents of violence they had personally witnessed. At Ushahidi headquarters, those communications translated to interactive maps tracking areas of the country where the violence was most prevalent. In turn, perpetrators were brought to justice and lives were saved.

Since then, Ushahidi has served a prominent role in disaster relief, most notably in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Survivors in need of immediate assistance utilized the platform to inform first responders where to direct relief. Since then, it’s branched out to other Third World countries to map instances of government oppression, voter fraud and tracking UN Aid effectiveness.

With every decisive international event that prominently features Ushahidi, we’re seeing first-hand that there are metrics other than earnings and jobs that define innovation. For Ushahidi, it’s lives saved. And you can’t put a price on that.

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DAILY FIVE (3/1)

01 March 2011

1. GDC: Google Woos Game Makers, InformationWeek, Thomas Claburn

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) opened in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday and Google is conspicuously present, with a large banner promoting its development tools in the North Hall of the Moscone Convention Center and more than two full days of presentations.

2. Game On At GDC, Forbes, David Ewalt

Take care if you happen to travel through downtown San Francisco this week: The sidewalks are full of people walking with their heads down, eyes locked on their smart phone, Nintendo DS or Sony PlayStation Portable, deeply engrossed in a video game and not necessarily watching where they are going.

3. Spread wireless technology for a shared future, Seattle Times, Editorial Board

President Obama’s commitment to spreading 4G high-speed wireless across America is basic to how the nation competes, survives and prospers in a global economy.

4. Silicon Valley firms, whose chiefs met with Obama, rely on D.C. lobbyists, Washington Post, Amanda Becker

When President Obama broke bread with Silicon Valley leaders on Feb. 17, he had assembled a team of tech all-stars to hash out the White House’s plan to encourage innovation.

5. 7 gadgets to ease, enliven your digital life, Detroit Free Press, Mark Smith

How to choose among the constantly revolving door of the so-called biggest, latest and new-and-improved gadgets?

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DAILY FIVE (2/28)

28 February 2011

1. Game Developers Conference to see new players join, San Francisco Chronicle, Casey Newton

When the Game Developers Conference opens Monday at Moscone Center, visitors will find the usual heavy presences from industry giants like Nintendo and Sony.

2. Technology Industry Groups Increase Advocacy With New Website, National Journal, Josh Smith

Seeking to ramp up their advocacy efforts in D.C., CompTIA and a range of regional trade organizations launched a website Monday aimed at representing small- and medium-sized technology companies.

3. Intel’s — and the Entire Tech Industry’s — Big Competitor: China, BNET, Erik Sherman

Intel (INTC) has great weakness on the mobile front, but what has kept the company humming along is its strength in traditional PC markets. But there is a growing new threat on that front: China.

4. Turn off your tech for National Unplug Day, ZDNet, Jack Schofield

Was man made for computers or were computers made for man? Can we live without them, if only for a day?

5. Oscars: Technology Puts Everyone on Stage, The Celebrity Café, Amber Belus

Oscars night guests experienced the awards in a more technologically advanced form this year, provided by ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. A second screen was added to the set-up to be more suitable to broadcasts and portable devices.

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Get Geeky!

24 February 2011

Last night I attended Social Media Club DC’s social networking event called “Get Geeky” at Porter Novelli’s offices.  On the panel were two past “Tech in 5” guests, Frank Gruber (Tech Cocktail) and Shana Glickfield (Partner at Beekeeper Group).  Shonali Burke, well known social media enthusiast, accompanied the panel and Alexander Howard (Govt 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media) served as the moderator. The discussion focused on how we can use our social networking tools for better networking.

Key Takeaways:

  • Humanize who you are through your tweets and blogs.
  • Use your image to build your personal brand.  The same profile photo should be used on all of your social networks.
  • Keep your online behavior online.
  • Distribute substantive content  on your social networks to gain credibility.

One of the things that I learned is that not everyone  wants to be a part of all your social networks, nor should they!  For example, if you’re connected with someone on Twitter, that person may not want to connect with you on Facebook.  If you have a business contact on LinkedIn, you may not want to expose that person to your more social  online personalities on Twitter and Facebook. These are key things that digital strategists should keep in mind when branding yourself online.

Did you have a chance to attend  last night’s event? If so, feel free to voice what you  learned in the comments section below!

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DAILY FIVE (2/23)

23 February 2011

1. Leaders told to embrace technology, Standard Media, Kepher Otieno

A book on US President Barack Obama and modern-day politics was launched in Kisumu amid calls on African leaders to embrace technology.

2. Netflix Vs. Amazon.com: It’s the Content, Stupid, Wall Street Journal, Matt Phillips

mazon.com’s announcement that it was pushing deeper into the online video streaming business hit Netflix Tuesday, sending the stock market favorite down 6%.

3. Inventing New Technologies and Markets, MIT Technology Review, Brian Bergstein

We look for companies that are setting the agenda in an increasingly important market, on the verge of disrupting an established market, or creating an entirely new market. What does it mean to set the agenda? It doesn’t necessarily equate to having the biggest market share, or else Intel and Microsoft would be in the TR50. Instead, we look for companies whose ideas and technologies are being imitated by other companies.

4. Obama Praises Cleveland Technology During Summit, Epoch Times, Genevieve Long Belmaker

During a small business forum organized by his administration in Cleveland on Tuesday, Obama praised the hustle and innovation of Ohio residents.

5. Netflix and Hulu shouldn’t worry about Amazon’s new service – yet, CNN, Austin Carr

On Tuesday, Amazon launched Instant Video, a streaming movie and TV service that features more than 5,000 titles.

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DAILY FIVE (2/22)

22 February 2011

1. How the financial sector sees technology as its savior, Financial Times, Franesco Guerrera

Reeling from a crisis that wiped out some of its most lucrative products and a regulatory overhaul that will curb high margin activities, the financial sector sees information technology as its saviour.

2. Next model of iPad will not be delayed: source, Reuters, Gabriel Madway

A report that the next version of Apple Inc’s iPad tablet computer will be delayed is not true, according to a source familiar with the matter.

3. Blogging Is Dead Just Like the Web Is Dead, GigaOm, Mathew Ingram

Even according to the figures used by the New York Times itself, blogging activity is actually increasing, not decreasing. And as the story points out, plenty of young people are still blogging via the Tumblr platform, even though they may not think of it as “blogging.” What blogging is really doing is evolving.

4. Another Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Google, Wall Street Journal, Alessandro Torello

French Internet company 1plusV Tuesday filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming Google Inc. is abusing its dominant market position.

5. Obama tech dinner: Company spending figures for D.C. lobbying, campaign contributions, Los Angeles Times, Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Most of the hype around President Barack Obama’s dinner with a dozen of California’s tech-industry leaders was around the appearance of Apple CEO Steve Jobs as he struggles with health issues.

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DAILY FIVE (2/18)

18 February 2011

1. President Obama dines with Steve Jobs, other tech CEOs, USA Today, Jon Swartz

President Obama swung through Silicon Valley late Thursday to peddle his plan to “win the future” and reinvigorate the economy before an audience of tech royalty.

2. Obama to name Intel CEO to White House jobs panel, Reuters, Matt Spetalnick

Intel Corp (INTC.O) Chief Executive Paul Otellini will be named to a panel of experts advising President Barack Obama on jobs, the White House said on Friday.

3. On hot trends at Mobile World Congress, CNET, Marguerite Reardon

There are many reasons why I love Barcelona: the food, the wine, the art, the architecture–and of course, the mobile phones.

4. Brain behind IBM’s Watson not unlike a human’s, Computer World, Lucas Mearian

IBM’s Watson supercomputer, which shellacked Jeopardy’s top human champions during airings of the game show this week, is powered by 90 servers and a network-attached storage (NAS) cluster with 21.6TB of data.

5. Facebook Adds LGBT-Friendly Relationship Status Options, Mashable, Jolie O’Dell

Facebook has introduced two relationship status indicators that folks in the LGBT community might find more useful.

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