SVW Stories Week of May 30 2011
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Posted by Tom Foremski - May 27, 2011 Oliver Starr is the Chief Evangelist for Pearltrees. Prior to this he was the first employee at TechCrunch. He has also held numerous executive positions in technology companies and has founded and successfully exited two startups of his own. You can follow him @owstarr on twitter.
Posted by Tom Foremski - May 31, 2011 [Sean Maloney Exec. Vice President was recently named head of Intel's China operations.
Posted by Tom Foremski - May 31, 2011 TEDxSF is coming up this Saturday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Noon to 6pm. It's my favorite local event. Above is video from the one in November, with Jaron Lanier playing one of the strangest instruments I've ever seen, a khene. The theme for the next TEDxSF is "ALIVE!
Posted by Tom Foremski - May 31, 2011 Irving Wladawsky-Berger takes a look at spending by large companies on research and development and their competitive advantage. He found little connection between the amount of R&D spending and innovation. He cites a global report by Booz and Company, which found : Money doesn't buy results .
Posted by Tom Foremski - June 1, 2011 Tucked away in a quiet, tree lined residential neighborhood of Menlo Park, SRI International runs a massive 1 million square foot research lab in the heart of Silicon Valley, where many of its 2100 staff toil on secret projects for the US Dept. of Defense (DoD). SRI's work might be top secret but it's not hiding.
Posted by Tom Foremski - June 1, 2011 Herman Hauser , the co-founder of ARM, the British microprocessor company, will be honored with a prestigious 2011 Visionary Award from SDForum at a private ceremony on June 21. Mr Hauser is currently a co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners. He co-founded Acorn Computer Group, which was an important UK computer company in the early 1980s. This led to the spin-off of Advanced Risc Machines (ARM) from Acorn in 1990.
Posted by Tom Foremski - June 2, 2011 I say Silicon Valley is in a boom period rather than a bubble. Others might disagree but everyone has some kind of warning sign to look for. For example: Mike Butcher, from Techcrunch Europe, Tweeted earlier today: Signs of tech bubbles: Journos leaving for Startups; investment bankers in tech; Startups which try to change user behavior. #mikeswisdom
Posted by Tom Foremski - June 2, 2011 Updated: Groupon filed for an IPO Thursday planning to raise $750 million reports The New York Times. The filing reveals very fast growth: Shortly after launching in 2008, Groupon notched revenue of $94 million.
Posted by Tom Foremski - June 2, 2011 Last week's 8th Innovation Journalism Conference produced a lot of interesting sessions and sparked a lot of ideas. This year David Nordfors , the founder of the conference and Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication, opened up the conference to public relations, a smart move because of the connection between journalism and PR. Here are some of my notes from the conference: - Sven Otto Littorin, a former Minister for Employment in Sweden , spoke about how the topic of innovation is a popular one among all types of politicians. But it's not well understood how communities can use innovation to create jobs and that's why it isn't a hot election topic.