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Why Was Google Interested in 100 Year Old Technology?

As readers of my blog already know, I resigned from IBM in 2000 to start a business around a concept I called “Wireless Interactive Radio,” or WIR. You can read the full story of my entrepreneurial venture in another post, but the basic idea of WIR was this: I’m driving down the road, hear something of interest on the radio, touch a button on my dashboard, and voila! A web link to that item (song,...

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from a Cop

He was a crusty, retired New York City cop, now driving a cab. I was an IBM manager on my way to the airport. We struck up a conversation. “An ex-cop?” I gushed. “I’ll betcha you’ve been in some real pickles. Surely you are packing heat right now.” He scowled at me the rear view mirror. “Nope. I don’t pack heat,” he growled. “Why not?” “Because...

S.O.S. IBM

It was chaos. We heard a deep rumble, the great ship shuddered, and within hours the deck chairs began to slide as she listed to port. But the band still played, the bar was open, and the ship’s captain assuaged our anxiety with words of reassurance. The Titanic? No ~ IBM in the 1980′s. I joined them in ’83, fresh from the University of Virginia with an engineering degree. The first iceberg we hit was the PC,...

Kiosk Bloodshed: What Mobile Can Learn From the Cyclops of the 1990’s

If you were around then, you remember seeing them. Lonely kiosks, gathering dust, cast aside in the corner of a hotel lobby or government office, their one dead eye staring out dark and lifeless. The once mighty cyclops of the computing world, what IBM believed would be THE way the public gained access to electronic goods and services — rendered a corpse — and a grim reminder of what fate will...

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