Posts Tagged ‘voices’

Unpacking Twitter’s Secret IPO Memos With the SEC

December 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Twitter has released secret correspondence with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the months leading up to its initial public offering. These memos were kept out of view until today. Overall, the SEC’s feedback provides an interesting look at what it deemed Twitter needed to disclose before going public. On several occasions the SEC pushed Twitter to offer more information. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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FCC Will Delay Spectrum Auction Until 2015

December 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has delayed until 2015 the timeline for a planned reverse auction of TV airwaves, a decision that reflects the commission’s intent on getting the complex proceeding right. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published a blog post announcing the FCC’s decision to delay the auction, after the commission previously set a goal of carrying out the auction next year. “I believe we can conduct a successful auction in the middle of 2015,” Mr. Wheeler said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Spotify to Introduce Free Mobile Music Service

December 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Spotify AB is planning a free, ad-supported version of its streaming-music service on mobile devices, according to people familiar with the matter, after previously making mobile users pay a monthly fee. The Sweden-based music company has reached licensing deals with all three of the global music companies to use their recordings on the new service, these people added. Until now, a free version of Spotify was available only on desktop and laptop computers. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone

December 5, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

China Mobile has signed a long-awaited deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network, a person familiar with the situation said, an arrangement that would give the U.S. technology giant a big boost in the world’s largest mobile market. The rollout of iPhones on the world’s largest mobile carrier by users, with over 700 million subscribers, is expected to start later this month, around the time of a Dec. 18 China Mobile conference in Guangzhou, according to two people familiar with the carrier’s plans. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Top Microsoft Finance Exec Koefoed Departs for Puppet Labs

December 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One of the voices I always enjoyed over the years at the start of Microsoft earnings calls, Bill Koefoed, will be leaving the software giant after eight years to take a job as CFO of Puppet Labs. Most recently, he was working as CFO in the Skype and then in the marketing and business development unit. But Koefoed is perhaps best known, as I called him, as “Microsoft investor relations dude-in-chief.” Puppet Labs develops IT automation software, with almost $46 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, True Ventures, VMware and others.

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A "Breaking Bad" Guide to Entrepreneurship

December 3, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Shan123/Flickr I just binge-watched all six seasons of “Breaking Bad.” If you haven’t downloaded the AMC show (but plan to soon), prepare yourself for experiencing someone else’s mid-life crisis, with healthy doses of terminal illness, murder, infidelity and drug-dealing thrown in to keep it interesting. Spending time with chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White, his family, and the surrounding characters, is exhausting and engrossing at the same time. The characters (and Walt especially) are more complex than any you have spent time with on the TV screen. Instead of reviewing the show, as others have done far better than I could, I thought it would be fun to review what lessons the show teaches us about entrepreneurship. Walt is, in the end, an entrepreneur. He makes some good and not-so-good choices. Below are six lessons from Walt’s experiences as an entrepreneur: Choose the right co-founder Walt understood early on that he needed a co-founder that rounded out his skill set. Jesse Pinkman, Walt’s co-founder in crime, handled distribution, and Walt headed up product. Until the final season, they did more than that for each other. They had each other’s back, and balanced each other out emotionally. Most investors prefer Walt’s multi-founder approach to starting a company. (In technology startups, that means a strong business co-founder with an equally strong technical co-founder.) As important as picking a co-founder who minimizes your functional weaknesses, seek out someone who balances you, personality-wise. Every startup goes through major ups and downs. Maybe you won’t be running from drug cartels, neo-Nazis, and the DEA, like Walt and Jesse, but starting a company will likely be an emotional roller coaster

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White House Claims "Dramatic Progress" on Health Site

December 2, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Obama administration officials, racing to beat a month-end deadline to fix the troubled federal insurance website, said Sunday there has been “dramatic progress” in patching HealthCare.gov but acknowledged “there is more work to be done” in improving the site and its underlying technology. An eight-page report released Sunday morning by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials offered a few details of progress in fixing the site, which crashed shortly after its launch Oct. 1. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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As Deadline Expires, Problems Persist With Health Site

December 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Technicians in the Washington area raced up to a month-end deadline set by the Obama administration to make the troubled federal insurance website work for a majority of users, but officials acknowledged they still faced a raft of problems that could take weeks or more to fix. By Saturday evening, technicians completed a major hardware upgrade, adding computing, storage and database capacity to their data center, said one person familiar with the situation. “There was a big install and it worked,” the person said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Black Friday Fracas (Comic)

November 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Black Friday Fracas (Comic)

November 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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