Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Whether or not you drank the cloud kool-aid, learning more is a good idea...
On February 25th at the Westin in Waltham, John Landry, Founder and Managing Director, Lead Dog Ventures will lead a discussion at MassTLC's Annual Meeting with all the key players, including cloud OS platform providers -- Amazon Web Services, EMC, Google, IBM, Microsoft -- the hottest application developers who are building new and innovative businesses in the cloud -- Animoto, Sonian, TwinStrata -- and a cloud computing investor -- General Catalyst.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So, if you're running a company in the local game industry and are interested in joining the dialogue, drop me a line. Sorry but "Gaming" (aka gambling) company CEOs need not apply for this cluster.
The University of Massachusetts’ Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research Group will conduct the study on behalf of the consortium. The Institute will study the size and scope of IT industry sectors in Massachusetts and analyze the extent to which IT firms contribute to the competitiveness of other Massachusetts industries. The report will explore opportunities for the local IT industry and investigate major obstacles to growth and expansion in Massachusetts. The $150,000 project is being underwritten by the consortium of private companies, in partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute.
View press release.
Friday, January 23, 2009
This video clip will give you a flavor for the conversation...
Also, you should check out Paul Gillin's summary of highlights from each speaker, Patrick Rafter's blog about The Social Media SeeSaw, and "Is Social Media an Oxymoron" by Barbara Bix. Click here for event overview and attendee list.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Bill Gates recently noted that the robotics industry today is similar to that of the computer industry back in the early 80’s, saying “I can envision a future in which robotics devices will become a nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives.”
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The panel included Tom Iglehart, President of Care Commons as moderator, Lee Belniak, Vice President of Health and Insurance Benefits at Fidelity Investments, Benjamin Bielak Jr., Director of Technology at Dovetail Health, Patrick Boyle, Vice President, Americas Healthcare and Life Sciences Solutions at IBM, Nadine Hays, Chief Marketing Officer at D2Hawkeye, and Chuck Eberl, VP of Marketing at Silverlink.
Topics included: Factors that were decisive in their market model and segmentation strategies; Lessons learned and changes made to their business model as they pursued stakeholders who pay; Bundling products with services, creating tiered bundles to meet the needs of different customer segments, and building recurring revenue; Role of customization in products and services to benefit the end user; and Opportunities to leverage technology to scale their product and service delivery.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thanks, Larry for your excellent overview!
By the way, an even higher resolution version of this video is available on Larry's Jodada website at http://www.jodada.com/masstlc/masstlc2.mov
Friday, January 9, 2009
Communispace, 100 Talcott Avenue, Watertown, MA
Social media is a fast, efficient and relatively inexpensive way to get your message directly to an audience, but the variety of available tools can be intimidating. Blogs, podcasts, online video and social networks each present intriguing opportunities for audience engagement, but one size doesn't fit all. Successful social media strategies start with defining strategic objectives and then selecting the appropriate mix of tools to achieve them. In this session, successful social media practitioners share their secrets for getting initiatives off the ground and pointed in the right direction.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Panelists included Peter Blacklow, CEO of Worldwinner, Brett Close, President & CEO of 38 Studios, Jim Crowley, CEO of Turbine, Florian Hunziker, VP Business Development at Harmonix, Oscar Jazdowski, Senior Relationship Manager at SVB, and Jason Schupbach from the Mass Office of Business Development.