Posts filed under “Venture Capital”

Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years

Nightly Business Report is celebrating their 30th year on television.

NBR viewers suggested the advances they admired during the 1979 to 2009 time frame. Professors at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania selected and ranked the top thirty.

The Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years

30. Anti retroviral treatment for AIDS (Health Care)
29. SRAM flash memory  (Electronics)
28. Stents   (Health Care)
27. ATMs   (Finance)
26. Bar codes and scanners   (Retail)
25. Bio fuels   (Biotechnology)
24. Genetically modified plants   (Biotechnology)
23. RFID and applications (e.g. EZpass)     (Electronics)
22. Digital photography/videography   (Electronics)
21. Graphic user interface (GUI)      (Computer Science)
20. Social networking via internet   (Media)
19. Large scale wind turbines   (Energy)
18. Photovoltaic Solar Energy    (Energy)
17. Microfinance      (Finance)
16. Media file compression (e.g., jpeg, mpeg, mp3)      (Computer Science)
15. Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay)       (Information Technology)
14. GPS Systems     (Electronics)
13. Liquid Crystal Displays             (Electronics)
12. Light emitting diodes (first real devices in 1960s; in products in mid-70s)      (Electronics)
11. Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia)         (Media)
10. Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)        (Health Care)
9. Office software (Spreadsheets, word processors)        (Computer Science)
8. Fiber optics         (Telecommunications)
7. Microprocessors        (Computer Science)
6. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)     (Biotechnology)
5. DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping     (Biotechnology)
4. E-mail         (Computer Science)
3. Mobile phones           (Telecommunications)
2. PC/laptop computers      (Computer Science)
1. Internet/broadband/WWW (browser and HTML)       (Telecommunications)


The Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years
PBS, February 16, 2009

Category: Digital Media, Technology, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

MIT: Rebuilding Wall Street in a Down Market

I am presenting at this MIT enterprise forum in NYC tonight. The panel will focus on successful financial technology companies in NYC.  The audience will be MIT alumni, current and aspiring entrepreneurs and former Wall St. employees.  The event begins at 6:00 (networking and registration) and the panel runs from 6:30 to 7:30.  There is…Read More

Category: Media, Venture Capital

Microsoft Zune: Down 54%

My pal JP notes that the iPod wannabe had an utterly disasterous quarter: Overlooked in the carnage of Microsoft’s second quarter was the performance of the company’s Zune platform. Which was, quite simply, atrocious. Seems that $10 to $20 holiday discount didn’t do much good at all. According to Microsoft’s latest 10-Q, “Zune platform revenue…Read More

Category: Legal, Markets, Music, Technology, Venture Capital

Is Silicon Valley Losing Its Magic?

In search of big ideas in the Valley

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BusinessWeek’s John A. Byrne and Steve Hamm discuss whether Silicon Valley still has its mojo, or will risk aversion and myopia kill the golden goose?

Category: Markets, Technology, Venture Capital, Video, Web/Tech

Tesla Motors Bailout ?

Guess who is the latest firm seeking to jump on the Bailout gravy train? Electric car start up Tesla Motors. “THE Tesla Roadster is an electric car that goes fast, looks sensational and excites envy. The seductive appearance, however, obscures some inconvenient truths: its all-electric technology remains woefully immature and don’t-even-ask expensive. If enough billionaires…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Technology, Venture Capital


Hysterical: VENTURE CAPITALISTS INVEST IN SOMALI PIRATES VENTURE capitalists in New York and London are pumping millions of dollars into Somalia’s booming pirate sector. Personnel issues are now dealt with via mentoring and third-party arbitration The sharp-eyed investors say Indian Ocean piracy has replaced Bangladeshi t-shirt factories as the developing world’s strongest source of high-growth…Read More

Category: BP Cafe, Markets, Venture Capital

The Air Car

Category: Energy, Technology, Venture Capital

Soon to be worthless: Nielsen Net Ratings and comScore Media Metrix

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Financial Press, Venture Capital, Web/Tech, Weblogs

R&D: The current state of affairs

Category: Corporate Management, Earnings, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

Old Stars Don’t Lead New Bulls

Category: Corporate Management, Earnings, Investing, Markets, Psychology, Venture Capital