Archive for November, 2012

If Anyone is Reinventing the Venture Process

If anyone is reinventing the venture capital process, it would have to be Andreessen Horowitz (a16z for the spelling challenged or localization-software-inclined).  A recent post by Chris Dixon underlines that fact, as he announces that he’s joining their firm: Earlier

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Hard to Believe We’re Over 1000 posts

It’s hard to believe we’ve posted more than 1000 times to this blog.  It has been quite a journey since that very first post, back in April of 2008, which announced our new look on our website at the time.

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Austin Startups Continue to Raise Money

These raises might not make the news in Silicon Valley but each one is the seed of something bigger brewing in Austin.  The ABJ does a good job covering the local business news and startup news: At least five Austin-area

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Designing Deeper

Kontra, on Counternotions, posits that Apple’s design problems aren’t skeumorphic – they’re deeper than that: In the end, what’s wrong with iOS isn’t the dark linen behind the app icons at the bottom of the screen, but the fact that

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Good News for SubtleData

Reading my friend Thom Singer’s blog was the first place that I found out Bryan Menell is now CEO of SublteData – congratulations to both sides of that connection! Bryan Menell has recently taken the reigns as CEO of a

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If you don’t Follow Derek Miers, you should

Derek is one of the best advisers you could hope for in the BPM and advisory space. His recent post to his Forrester blog asks which mountain you are trying to climb. He lists out several different business architecture efforts,

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Just When You Thought Innovation in BPM was Dead…

This is the year for analyst and blogger coverage of previously little-known BPM software providers.  Or newly formed BPM providers, as you might argue with Bosch Software Innovations, who surprised everyone by showing up on the Gartner MQ report for

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Another year, and another year to be thankful.  Every year in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving, and it is tradition for many people to make a list of what they are thankful for.  It is a time of reflection

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Asymco: The Policymaker’s Dilemma

Horace Dediu’s Q&A has an excellent indictment of policy initiatives around innovation:  fundamentally, policies are good at preserving or sustaining than they are at disrupting – Almost all growth has come from companies that entered the space. Google, Amazon, Apple

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Data, Not Language

Keith Swenson makes an (unnecessary but) persuasive argument that Doctors shouldn’t have to code or use BPMN (a two-dimensional graphing) approach to their processes. He presents the straw man of: Graphical-only language, e.g. BPMN – and why he doesn’t think

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Tilting at Windmills

There’s nothing like putting up a straw man to win an argument.  First, you can propose arguments taken out of context, and secondly, there’s really no one on the other end arguing, you’re just arguing with yourself. Still, Keith Swenson’s

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Best Networking Groups in Austin

The Austin Business Journal has a great list of the top business groups in Austin, referenced here, and with a slideshow of the top five here. Nothing against the networking groups mentioned, but I think they overlook what might be

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Austin is on the Hunt for Jobs

Austin just keeps adding jobs: The Austin area added 23,800 jobs between September 2011 and the same month this year, according to an analysis of the latest data for all 102 markets with more than 500,000 residents.The 3.8 percent gain

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MWD covers DST’s BPMS

MWD consistently produces some of the best research in the BPM market.  So it is no surprise when they get good coverage of a product that doesn’t get much coverage otherwise: Although neither DST nor its process platform AWD have

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Good Design and the Bottom Line

Great article in Fast Company: “Why Good Design is Finally Becoming a Bottom Line Investment“: Apple’s rise offers a few important lessons about today’s connection between design and business. The easiest is that design allows you to stoke consumer lust–and

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BPM Next

Well this looks interesting.  Keith Swenson has a good writeup on his blog – The BPM Next conference is being organized by two luminaries in the field as a chance to meet the other gurus.  It is shaping up to

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Is This the Consensus? “The Real iPad”

Dan Frommer declares the iPad Mini “The Real iPad” in his review of it after 24 hours of use: My take after spending a bunch of the weekend with the iPad mini: This is the real iPad. With the exception

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Traveling Man

I can really relate to this blog post that I ran across thanks to Twitter. I’ve accumulated over 1 million miles on one airline, and at least a million more on the other airlines combined.  I’ve been in jobs that

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Question Answered: Why Do I Go to SXSW-Interactive?

Question asked, question answered: The 2013 South By Southwest Interactive Festival has landed one of the mind behind a space startup and an electric sports car manufacturer as one of its four keynote speakers. Billionaire Elon Musk is CEO and

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Is there a Star Wars Process?

No one was more excited than my children about the fact that Lucasfilm (along with Star Wars) was purchased by Disney. Disney announced today it will buy Lucasfilm for $4 billion in cash and stock. George Lucas, the creator of

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Is this Debate Over Yet?

Two fun reports from Business Insider: First, one that declares apps the winner in the Apps vs. Browsers war… More people using apps than the browser People spend more time in apps, bu a wide margin Time spent on apps

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BPMN and its Limits

You won’t find a better recitation of the limitations of BPMN, written by an expert, than this post by Bruce Silver. Still, it is surprising to me how little has been written about what those limits are, what “BPMN-ness” really

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Talk About Restaurants

The land of “culinary startup” seems to be Austin, Texas – we’re not just the live music capital, nor just silicon hills… The Statesman just released a list of the top 50 restaurants.  I’ve been to (almost) all of them,

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Tech Hub or Colony?

KUT News asks the question: Is Austin a Tech Center or a Tech Colony? It starts with a predictable premise: Almost every day we hear about out-of-town tech companies opening branch offices in Austin.  What does that mean? Could the

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