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This is part 3 of my review of the TV revolution unfolding. Part 2 is here, part 1 here. So, everyone potentially has something to gain from this revolution if they really 'get' the value of connecting TV viewers with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Technofile Europe
This is part 2 of my review of the TV revolution. Part 1 is here. Now, imagine that your second screen knows you’re watching Top Gear. Based on your TV viewing pattern it knows that you are probably male, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at Technofile Europe
Mark Suster's presentation this week to the VCJ Alpha Conference was spot on (as usual) both in its analysis of the VC industry and his calling out the next big thing after social networking: television. I'd like to take this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Technofile Europe
I've been silent on this blog for nearly 6 months, for which I apologise -- now it's high time I get back into my technology and business rantings. The reason for the long silence is simple: I did a 'pivot'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Technofile Europe
Image via CrunchBase Today Kennet announced the sale of viral video seeding network goviral to AOL for nearly $100m. This investment was a great example of Kennet's proactive approach to working with bootstrapped companies to help them achieve superior exits.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Technofile Europe
Today Amazon announced the acquisition of our portfolio company BuyVIP, confirming a deal that had been widely leaked via the Spanish press since the weekend. This deal was done at the same time as BuyVIP's nearest rival, Barcelona-based Privalia announced... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Since 2003 Kennet has played in the gap between venture capital and buyouts, and sometimes I wonder whether we get the best or the worst of both worlds. The typical companies we invest in are not explosive high-profile start-ups with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Today we’re very pleased to announce the sale of our portfolio company FRSglobal to Wolters Kluwer. Coming on the heels of the new Basel III accord, this deal is a small but significant milestone in the evolution of banking compliance... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Last week I presented my wishlist for the new Apple TV, and it seems that -- for better or worse -- the consumer feedback Steve kept referring to in his keynote was closer to my heart than that of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Although Apple TV has been the ugly stepchild in the Apple family for years, I confess that I have been a quiet fan. Now that rumours are swirling about an imminent 're-invention' of Apple's television strategy, I thought I might... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Now that's the spirit: a first aid kit for poor poor iPhone4 owners.... Thanks Valleywag. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Technofile Europe
If ever the UK body politic needed reminding why European institutions make terrible -- even dangerous -- legislation, surely the imminent 'hedge fund bill' is the last straw. As early as Monday the new Con-Lib government's George Osbourne will fight... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Image via Wikipedia An interesting rant essay from Steve Jobs appeared on Apple's website today: a detailed defense of Apple's decision not to allow Flash on iPhones and iPads. When the iPad launched the critics continued to lambast Apple for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Image by Getty Images via Daylife The most interesting debate about the iPad's impact on the tech industry is around the coming clash with Google. The iPad clearly has the potential to replace at least one of our computer use-cases... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Technofile Europe
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Mar 15, 2010
Great tech entrepreneur spoof on Jay-Z/Alicia Keys (I love the power of mashups and YouTube productions!): Thanks Maria. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Here's a stark reminder of why the UK government should stay out of the business of 'funding innovation': Venture capital fund turned £74m into £5m (By Jim Pickard, Political Correspondent, Financial Times) Published: March 9 2010 00:04 An investment by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Technofile Europe
A few weeks ago I was invited to be on a panel in front of several dozen SaaS companies attending the Rackspace seminar on "SaaS and the Cloud 2010". The VCs who were there (Mike Chalfen, Jeppe Zink, Saul Klein,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at Technofile Europe
I stopped paying to read the FT many years ago. The WSJ Europe is better value and provides real investigative reporting (not to mention that wacky reactionary op-ed page). But now I think the FT's editors have really lost their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Joel York has a great post in which does the math to prove what most SaaS companies knew instinctively, if perhaps not so crisply: that new customer acquisition has to outpace churn. But the devil is in the detailed math... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Following my mediocre performance with last year's predictions, let's hope that this year will see more action in the market, and hence more of my predictions coming true! If last year's theme was the waiting game, I see this year's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Here it is -- the moment of reckoning for last year's predictions. Looking back, 2009 feels like the year the world froze, waiting for stimuli to kick in and new policies to emerge from the fog. Everyone was in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at Technofile Europe
Good companies Kolya, but not (yet) 'return leaders'...:-) Let's see if and when they realise equity value.
My partner Javier Rojas has published another post in his 'Return leaders' series on, interviewing the founder of BlueLithium about how he built his company on only $11m of venture capital to an eventual exit of $300m. I love... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Technofile Europe
SaaS sales productivity has collapsed. Is this a symptom of the recession, or of a permanent change in the distribution model for software? Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at Technofile Europe