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Only couple of weeks ago, Uber got $1.2B funding on a valuation  of $41B! Earlier this year, Facebook paid over $19B to acquire WhatsApp. Dropbox is valued at $10B. All these three companies are less than five years old. What is going on? Is it a tech bubble seen earlier? No, it’s a start-up wealth gap as per Newsweek article by Kevin Maney. Here is an interesting finding! A new study, which analyzed valuation data on thousands of tech startups, found that winning companies born since 2009 get to super-high valuations three times faster than companies started in the early 2000s. Looked at another way, this says that if a company is going to reach a $1 billion value, it will do so in one-third the time that climb typically took just a decade ago.  Of the 80 companies that hit $1 billion, half are what the study calls Category Kings—companies that define and dominate... (more)

The World of Hadoop and Beyond | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

The World of Hadoop and Beyond Hortonworks went through an IPO last Friday, December 12, 2014. It’s initial price of $16 soared by 60% immediately after. Today the stock price is $24.70 with a market cap of $1.02B. Another billion dollar club member. They compete with Cloudera and MapR in packaging the open source Hadoop platform for customers. How do they make money when the basic Apache Hadoop is free? – by offering added services like training and consulting. They can also add auxiliary products (not open source) that customers must pay for. The interesting fact is that Horto... (more)

Industry Bifurcation? | @CloudExpo [#Cloud #IoT]

Apple reported record sales in the most recent quarter, thanks to its upgraded iPhone line. But it was almost alone among the big technology firms in doing so. Profits reported for the same period, have fallen at Google as well as at IBM, SAP and VMWare. IBM has done more financial engineering than the real kind in recent years by its $100 billion buyback of its own shares since year 2000. It has shed less profitable assets, but now lacks a big fast-growing business. It even started layoffs in India recently. The earnings at VMWare dropped because of a recent acquisition. Some ... (more)

@ThingsExpo | Intimate Symbiosis – the Apple Watch (#IoT)

Intimate Symbiosis – the Apple Watch A recent Time magazine essay on the Apple Watch said, “The Apple Watch represents a redrawing of the map that locates technology in one place and our bodies in another…  The Apple Watch signals the advent of of an “always-on Internet”, an Internet that can not be put away. We are used to dabbling just our fingertips in the Internet, but the Apple Watch doesn’t stop there. It tracks your movements. It listens to your heartbeat. It puts your whole body on-line”. What we saw this week at Apple’s big announcement is the ushering of a new era via... (more)

Data Lake and Data Refinery – Gartner controversy!

Much discussion has been going on the new phrase called Data Lake. Gartner wrote a report on the ‘Data Lake’ fallacy, saying to be careful about ‘data lake’ or ‘data swamp’. Then Andrew Oliver wrote in the InfoWorld these beginning words, “For $200, Gartner tells you ‘data lakes’ are bad and advises you to try real hard, plan far in advance, and get governance correct”. Wow, what an insight! During my days at IBM and Oracle, Gartner wanted to get time on my calendar to talk about database futures. Then afterwards, I realized that I paid significant fee to attain the Gartner conf... (more)