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February 5, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • The rise of the billion-dollar tech startup
    There could be as many as 40 technology startups valued at more than $1 billion, analysts say, and that number is set to increase as low interest rates and an influx of private capital boost the size and scope of seed investments. The rapid increase in valuations is making many tech executives millionaires, but it has also raised concerns that the market is becoming over-saturated with companies focusing on a few key technologies, such as cloud computing. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • IHS iSuppli: 24.6% of NAND flash will go into cellphones
    Nearly one-quarter of NAND flash memory devices will find their way into smartphones and other cellphones this year, compared with 23.3% in 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. Cellphones will leapfrog flash storage cards as the leading NAND flash application in 2013, the market research firm predicts. PC Magazine (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • U.S. business group worries cyberattacks could harm Chinese trade
    U.S. companies that do business in China are urging the U.S. government and its Chinese counterparts to conduct joint discussions on cybersecurity, in light of a wave of recent attacks against The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The U.S.-China Business Council, which represents more than 200 companies, says it is concerned that if left unresolved, the issue could create a rift that would hurt the economies of both countries. Fox Business/Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Study cites economic benefits of broadband investment
    Demand for high-speed Internet access and software for mobile devices has created at least 33,000 jobs in Illinois, according to a study funded by AT&T on behalf of a coalition that's urging the state to encourage more industry competition. The study, which was released by the Illinois Partnership for the New Economy & Jobs, found that investment in broadband pumped $2.2 billion into the state's economy in 2010 and 2011, and that legislative changes could increase the number. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Tips for transitioning from manager to leader
    While managing and leading are both essential skills to the success of a business, they are hardly synonymous, argues Michael Capone, corporate vice president and chief information officer of Automatic Data Processing. Having good organizational skills does not mean you'll be able to define your company's vision and see it through. IT executives looking to make the leap into leadership should improve their financial skills and recognize that IT solutions such as data analytics and the cloud are only tools for advancing your company's business strategy, he writes. Computerworld (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why companies should use Big Data in support of CRM
    Enterprises are aggressively pursuing Big Data strategies, but experts say many are failing to leverage those solutions to improve their customer relationship management system. According to Chris Diener, senior vice president of analytics at AbsolutData, improving CRM with data analytics is a three-pronged process that involves tapping into real-time data streams to make spot decisions, cultivating customer interaction through social media channels and collaborating with CRM staff to take proactive steps to enhance customer engagement. InformationWeek (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
SmartQuote 
The reality is, I've taken $94 million in investors' money, and we haven't gone public yet. I feel that responsibility every day."
--Robert Tinker, chief executive of MobileIron, as quoted by The New York Times
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