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August 16 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Who Gave Warren Buffett the Authority to Discuss Billionaire Guilt?

What is it with billionaires these days? Buffett suggesting we need to tax him more? Stop coddling the super-rich he says.  In other words, he’s saying “I’ve done such a fine job with my money, now I want to give more to a government that hasn’t.”  Mr. Buffett, has someone changed your suppositions? It seems counter intuitive to your “invest in great management” philosophy.  Shouldn’t you really be telling the government ...
May 5 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Goodbye MindTouch

  First of all, this was an incredibly difficult decision to make. I thought of a hundred reasons to stay, most of all the talented people - but in the end I believed it best to chart a new course (more on this below). I was honored to be hired by Steve and Aaron as eVP of Sales during a significant transition period for MindTouch. It was a time of tremendous growth and an exciting time to be part of MindTouch. Before I joined MindTouch, they ...
April 20 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Why BranchOut is a Better Recruiting Solution than LinkedIn (Hint: It’s Social)

“50 percent of people who believe in objective morality have received a speeding ticket, compared with 60 percent of people in general.” Based on a survey of 348 people who believe in objective morality and 547 people in general – from Correlated.org Correlated.org is a new site that helps discover unexpected correlations between seemingly unrelated things. It’s fascinating how they develop the correlations and it is quite ...
April 6 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Sell Used Music on Redigi: A Threat to Apple’s iTunes?

I remember a time when the only way to buy music was to drive down to the local music store and purchase a cassette tape.  You had to buy the whole album then.  Yes, I’m serious. When the tape got old or the music fell out of favor I threw it away, listed in the classifieds (if I had a complete collection of used music) or traded it with my friends.  Back then, music quality deteriorated with every press of the play button so selling or ...
March 24 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

The Fortune 100 League of Extraordinarily Social CMOs (infographic)

Many are calling 2011 the year of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).  I can assure you, it will not be called the year of the Social CMO.  In our analysis only 15 of the 143 CMO’s and Chief Communication Executives (CCO’s) in the Fortune 100 we studied have active Twitter Accounts.  Worse, 15% of them have a net zero social footprint (meaning no social activity). Yet in a survey by the MarketingSherpa team, Social Media budgets are expected to ...
March 10 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Kiip.me to Mobile Game Developers: There will be Ice Cream

Brian Wong discusses his company and the future of mobile advertising   Fourteen minutes into the movie, there’s a great scene that serves as the perfect prologue for the events to come.  Daniel Plainview has launched into a sales pitch to convince the town to accept his offer to drill into their land.  He exclaims that his competitors are ineffective or simple middlemen that are only cutting in to their rightful profit.  So ...
February 26 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Why IBM’s Watson Computer is Still a Moron

“The computer is a moron” – Peter Drucker   Computer programming technology is still dominated by “if - then” logic.  That means computers are still using logic (human programmed) to determine the answer to a question which must be part of a pool of answers.  If the answers are not in the pool, the computer will not find the answer.  Where humans diverge from computers is the emotional intelligence we bring to an issue or ...
February 7 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

VC’s Gone Wild: Yes, Sometimes it is the Product

It’s not easy disagreeing with one of the most respected VC’s.  In fact a lot of what Mark Suster writes in his Techcrunch post on Salespeople excuses is accurate.  But it’s what I call a Swiss cheese article.  It looks good but is full of holes.  Blaming the sales team is usually the first thing most VC’s or startup CEO’s do when addressing a poor performing company.  Usually it’s because they are easiest to ...
January 17 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

The Top 25 Hottest Mobile Game Developers (Infographic)

A Guide for Consumers and Brands Gartner estimates the Mobile Game market will reach $11.4 billion by 2014.  That’s a big number.  Compare that the Video Game market revenue of $18.58 million and Movie Box office receipts of $10.16 billion for 2010. Mobile Games will be an important market.  Further, as mobile devices become more ubiquitous (especially in emerging countries), we’ll see developers utilize the GPS, accelerometers, ...
January 5 2011Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Why Every Company Needs a Robert Scoble (infographic)

What I learned in 2010 can be summed up in one individual Except for reading the occasional year end articles (notables include Kotadia, Maggie Fox, McAfee) I typically skip the tradition of trying to summarize an entire year in 10 bullet points. The Enterprise 2.0/Social Business space is just too dynamic with many starts, stops and do-overs.   Yet in 2010 I noticed the impact that Technology/Brand Evangelists are having on their ...