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The 40 over 40: Puncturing the myth of older founders

The TechCrunch 40 over 40. I was slack jawed. Sitting across the table from a very successful thirty-something founder I was listening to him lament the hiring of a fifty+ year old CEO for one of his companies. There is … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Entitlement Gets Political

Taxes are for old businesses. That seems to be the sentiment coming from the oft-offended Silicon Valley sycophants. I’m not talking about the measured approach of Mayor Ed Lee and Ron Conway who are doing what every major city in … Continue reading

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How Carrier IQ Could Have Avoided Its Dumbest Move

This article first appeared in TechCrunch. Imagine how differently Carrier IQ’s fortunes would be if instead of engaging lawyers and flaks to address alleged privacy breaches they engaged the actual discoverer of those breaches, security researcher Trevor Eckhart. For those of … Continue reading

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TechCrunch Saga: An Acquisition Allegory

If you are in startup land and watching TechCrunch’s very public hiccup/blow-up, behold a feast of lessons for startups. If you haven’t yet experienced first-hand the arc of a startup enjoy it here. A passionate founder hammers away at a … Continue reading

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AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Spectrum Politics

<This post first appeared in TechCrunch.> Those reveling in the thumb-in-the-eye the DOJ gave to AT&T over the T-Mobile merger should pause a moment to consider the politics of spectrum allocation in the US. Anyone who has an iPhone on … Continue reading

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Content Snackers Become Cord Cutters

<This post first appeared in Techcrunch.> Every five or so years for the past two decades the introduction of an Internet connection to a new device type has created a boom in disruptive businesses. Most of these booms—computers, followed by … Continue reading

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The Funnel Grows; the Funnel Shrinks, Mobile Ads Get a Lot More Interesting

As we prepare for AdWeek next week, I’m looking forward to long conversations about the future of mobile marketing and advertising. (Be sure to catch the Mobile Ad Summit on Tuesday where you’ll hear a lot on the subject: http://www.mobileadsummit.com/mas_agenda.htmlContinue reading

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