Archive for July, 2013

Brazos 2.0 is Nearly Upon Us

We’re nearly ready to release Brazos 2.0 to the world.  It includes some great new capabilities based on feedback from our customers, partners, and our own implementations teams: Rich iconic design scheme expanded Responsive layout, easier to configure Natural mobile

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Learning from Apple’s iPhone 4 Sales

Much has been made recently of a couple of bits of Apple news: The surprise upside in iPhone sales in Fiscal Q3 for Apple, The idea that Apple is “buying” sales with heavily discounted offerings in emerging (for Apple) markets

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Great article on Entrepreneurship Outside the Valley

Forbes put together a great read on entrepreneurship outside of Silicon Valley. The highlight of the piece for Austinites is Noah Kagan’s advocacy for Austin: “However, I now love not being in the valley. I don’t want to talk about

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Another Austin Startup IPO

Congratulations are in order for the team at RetailMeNot, which just went public as the world’s largest purveyor of e-coupons.  It was a big win for Austin Ventures, which is also the VC firm behind such notable companies in Austin

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A Services Firm’s Take on Doing Things that Don’t Scale

Paul Graham has written a terrific blog post to startups about doing “things that don’t scale“.  Its a great post partly because it addresses a blind spot many people in both VC and startup communities have been afflicted with –

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Full-stack Marketing

When I saw the title of this one (Rise of the full-stack marketer), I thought it was going to be about marketing for vendors that sell “the full stack”… Not so.  This article is about the Marketer who can “do

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Startup Funding Process Improved

The process for funding startups has just improved – if you’re a startup: Money tends to come from exclusive, geographically concentrated networks of entrenched investors, and deals are driven largely through word-of-mouth referrals, the accumulation of various status markers, and

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Face to Face at a Conference

Thom Singer, a good friend of mine in Austin, and a notable speaker and author on the subject of networking has written a great article for MasterCard business network: “Why you should attend a conference“: Small business owners are busy,

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Critique of Task Management

Anatoly often brings great issues to the table – the kind of problems we and our clients wrestle with periodically – and gives some great analysis of potential solutions. This time, the subject is “Task Management” in the context of

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This is a Tough Blog to Read

It is hard not to feel for this guy, and his team.  My Startup Has 30 Days to Live is a tough look at a (probably) dying startup. I wish I could write about how I capitalized on a once-in-a-lifetime

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That First Step is a Doozy

There are many stories about CEOs who stumbled badly out of the gate- at their very first job.  Stories of how they underperformed at storied firms like P&G or GE are rampant. In a new generation of success stories, we’ll

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Revisiting Stanford and Silicon Valley

My thanks to Laura Stampler for writing a better rebuttal than I ever could have, to the New Yorker’s hit-piece entitled “The End of Stanford“.   The opening line “Is Stanford still a university” is laughable. As a 1994 grad,

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BonitaSoft Updates from Last Month: BonitaBPM 6

Like Theo and Neil, I’ve been following Bonitasoft for some time now – as well as other open source projects.  The interesting thing about Bonitasoft, to me, is how it skirts the line between a commercial operation and an open

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Pick One, and then Own It.

I don’t know if Neil read Horace Dediu’s post on the Praetorian Guard before writing his own post defending silos, but the two pieces of work go nicely together.  Silos – good or bad? First, Horace lays out a great

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The Myth of Micromanaging (with BPM)

I have to admit that the myth of micromanaging as a requirement of BPM is one of those things that just irritates me.  Even more so when people in the ACM community foist that upon the BPM community, of which

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JSON Formatted Business Information through DOSGi (JAX-RS ReST Services)

[Editor’s note: Today we’re again taking a departure from markets and Apple and BPM vendors, to talk about something purely technical.  Gary has been a contributor to our blog over the last few years, bringing his unique blend of technical

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