Jan 10


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Posted on Harvard Business Review: December 29, 2010 10:00 AM

Our soon ending year, 2010, has been fascinating. I’ve had the good fortune to move to a new place (Singapore), which has served as a springboard to experience different cultures and do work in countries like the Philippines and South Korea. I’ve also had the chance to experience the world of venture capital investing through the small fund that our team in Singapore manages on behalf of the Singapore government.

Three Innovation Takeaways from Asia – BusinessWeek

Oct 24

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Aug 16

Good Article…

A Threat to Startups

Updated August 10, 2010, 12:08 PM

Brad Burnham is a partner at Union Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund located in New York City. This was written with Fred Wilson, also a partner at the firm.

We believe that Google and Verizon’s proposed policy principles to preserve an open Internet came out of a good faith effort to bring some clarity to the market for Internet applications and access. But we fear that this agreement is a compromise that does not serve the next great startup enterprise well.

A Threat to Startups – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Aug 16

Net neutrality has been topic of discussion especially since news about Google and Verizon deal came out. More info here. I personally think Net neutrality is super important especially for startups. Our economy runs on startup and small businesses and letting Google and Verizon decide whose data is more important on web is just wrong. It means in future Google can pay to push its content for example YouTube and no one else will be able to compete. Will try to consolidate other good articles on the topic on the blog. 

Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Internet neutrality) is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions by Internet Service Providers and governments on content, sites, platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and no restrictions on the modes of communication allowed.[1][2][3]

The principle states that if a given user pays for a certain level of Internet access, and another user pays for the same level of access, then the two users should be able to connect to each other at the subscribed level of access.

Though the term did not enter popular use until several years later, since the early 2000s advocates of net neutrality and associated rules have raised concerns about the ability of broadband providers to use their last mile infrastructure to block Internet applications and content (e.g., websites, services, protocols), particularly those of competitors. In the US particularly, but elsewhere as well, the possibility of regulations designed to mandate the neutrality of the Internet has been subject to fierce debate.

Neutrality proponents claim that telecom companies seek to impose a tiered service model in order to control the pipeline and thereby remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and oblige subscribers to buy their otherwise uncompetitive services. Many believe net neutrality to be primarily important as a preservation of current freedoms.[4] Vinton Cerf, considered a "father of the Internet" and co-inventor of the Internet Protocol, Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the Web, and many others have spoken out in favor of network neutrality.

Network neutrality – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jul 05

I guess this is good news. You cannot limit patents too machinery or physical transformation…

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts on innovation.

Supreme Court relaxes limits on innovations that can be patented

May 25

I own a Kindle and I love it. But never thought about environmental impact. :)  Good article that highlights environmental impact of e-paper technology. 🙂

sony e-reader display photo
Photo via Christian Steen

Tech On reports that the e-paper market is set to grow at an astounding rate, from US$70 million in 2008 to US$2.1 billion in 2015 and US$7 billion by 2020. And about 50% of that market will be thanks to e-books and the push for e-readers. However, we also just noted that consumer gadgets are taking up a whole lot of energy, offsetting efficiency efforts. That means it’s time to start asking some sustainability questions.

Digital e-books are a great way to lower the impact of reading, same as digital music cutting down the consumption of materials like CDs, CD cases and so on. e-Readers allow for not only thousands of books to be held on one energy efficient device, but also documents, which helps cut down on the need for printing in business settings. There are a lot of pros to e-paper technology and the efficiency gains it gives to consumer electronics that utilize it.

Soaring e-Paper Market Means It’s Time to be Careful : TreeHugger

May 25

Amazing Visualization of Swine flu cases. 🙂 Makes it real…

Tracking Swine Flu Cases Worldwide

Health officials continue to report mild cases of swine flu throughout the United States and worldwide. Among the hundreds of confirmed infections, 53 people have died, including 48 in Mexico, three in the United States, one in Canada and one in Costa Rica.

New cases are no longer being reported here.
  • Changes to the map: Confirmed cases will be based on figures reported by the C.D.C., W.H.O. and the Public Health Agency of Canada, not individual states. Suspected cases will no longer be tracked, as officials report them irregularly.
  • The W.H.O. and the C.D.C. have reported a total of 4,780 cases in 30 countries, including 2,618 in the United States.
  • Officials in mainland China reported their first swine flu case, a man who had recently flown there from the United States.

Swine Flu Cases Map – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com

Apr 13

Microsoft moved from 5 to 4. 🙂 Apple and Google are still 1 & 2. 🙂

With the sudden reversal of the global economy, businesses are struggling not only with shrinking income and budgets, but also with seismic shifts that are upending entire industries, from autos and retail to banking and entertainment. These same forces are apparent in our latest ranking of the Most Innovative Companies. While the 2009 list includes some stalwarts in their usual top positions—namely Apple and Google—15 newcomers have joined the lineup, the biggest change since BusinessWeek and Boston Consulting Group first partnered on this proprietary survey in 2005. These include more companies headquartered outside the U.S. than in the past, such as Volkswagen, Infosys, and Telefónica

The 50 Most Innovative Companies

Jan 17

I had written a post on what is Photosynth few months back(Photosynth- Different way of looking at photo albums). Today I saw CNN promoting photosynth for "The Moment" campaign as part of their inaugural day coverage. 🙂 It is great to see new Microsoft technology hitting prime time.

More about The Moment at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/inauguration/themoment/