20 February 2013

Next computing deployment phase

The computing deployment phase - Chris Dixon: "Some questions to consider: What industries are the best candidates for the next phase of deployment? The likely candidates are the information-intensive mega-industries that have been only superficially affected by the internet thus far: education, healthcare, and finance. Note that deployment doesn’t just mean creating, say, a healthcare or education app. It means refactoring an industry into its “optimal structure” – what the industry would look like if rebuilt from scratch using the new technology. . . .Where will this innovation take place? The historical pattern suggests it will become more geographically diffuse over time. . . . one comment (excerpt): call the next phase the governance layer because it is really about internet-based networks (i.e. platforms) disrupting the nation-state as a model of governance. that's the real deal, and all roads eventually go down that path. amazon's new virtual currency is another example -- the virtual currency is going to be the breakthrough moment, akin to what search is for the application layer. as an amzn fanboy i applaud their efforts here, although it's a game that favors a startup for sure. . . . "

General Liability Policies May Cover Antitrust, Patent, and Other Business Litigation – Part 1 | Farella Braun + Martel LLP - JDSupra: "General liability insurance is frequently overlooked in business litigation. These policies, however, include coverage for “disparagement” and “malicious prosecution.” Both terms are construed broadly and may provide coverage for a variety of lawsuits, including antitrust claims, patent disputes, trade secret claims, as well as other commercial litigation between competitors, or suppliers and their customers."

Google, Facebook led private tech M&A activity in 2012 as companies spent $46.8b on over 2,200 deals - The Next Web: " . . . 76% of private tech companies that were bought up last year had bootstrapped instead of turning to VCs. As expected, California saw the most private tech M&A deals last year, more than the next five states combined. North Dakota was the only US state that didn’t host a private tech acquisition in 2012. Internationally, the UK was the top acquirer, followed by Canada. India emerged as an up-and-comer at the third top international market. Web and mobile commerce were the most popular types of companies to acquire, comprising 173 of overall deals. Notable acquistions in 2012 included: Facebook purchasing of Instagram, Microsoft snatching up Yammer, and Twitter acquiring Posterous. . . ."

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