STIRR Event Tonight in Palo Alto

Tonight I’m attending the STIRR event in Palo Alto, where 5 emerging companies will present on stage to a room full of 240+ entrepreneurs. STIRR.net is an emerging technology network who’s goal is to catalyze entrepreneurial activity in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

There will be 5 early stage companies presenting on-stage at 7:30pm. STIRR is unique because it forces the companies to truly master the art of the elevator pitch, having only 60 seconds or less to pitch their company and value proposition.

Stowe Boyd’s Advisory Capital is a Solid Investment

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to hang with Stowe Boyd to discuss Web2.0 and his ideas around Advisory Capital.

After coffee at the nearby Starbucks, we cruised over to Notre Dame, where he presented these concepts to the SVASE organization.

Advisory Capital, per the man himself, is basically the idea of investing intellectual property as a means to help companies expedite their idea from concept to BETA without the typical Angel or seed funding associated with development.

Using PR to Reach the IT Market – Q&A with Marketing to IT

Marketing to electronics companies and electronic engineers requires than marketing to other audiences/industries.

Q. What’s unique/different about marketing to IT?
A. 1st of all, the marketing landscape is completely different than just a few years ago. The channels of influence are varied and in many cases, traditional platforms for influence have shifted in favor of more p2p (peer to peer) aggregation networks emerge. The difference is extreme. Electronics companies and electronic engineers work within a different paradigm. Their produce development lifecycle is constantly expedited, developing products according to Moore’s law as well as expected market demand. The lifecycle for most electronics are unbelievable short compared to other products in most industries. Product mangers and engineers have their blinders on in order to meet goals. They’re looking for solutions that will help them. They simply don’t have time or interest in hype.

Detroit 2.0 – The New American Sports Car…And its Out of Silicon Valley

I have the need, THE NEED FOR SPEED. Well, that, and cup of coffee in the morning, a good glass of wine in the evening, the winning Lotto numbers… oh, nevermind.

According to a recent press release, Tesla Motors closed $40 million in Series C financing from a host of high-profile venture capital firms and entrepreneurs – including Google Co.’s co-founders – to launch a battery-powered sports car.

I Dare You to Find a Better Wireless Handsfree Speakerphone Today

Bluetooth phones are everywhere. Whether you’re using the latest Treo, Pocket PC, Blackberry, or Razr, the ideal, must have companion is a wireless headset or handsfree speakerphone. Up until now, most of us were trading stylish designs for poor performance.

To be honest, almost everyday, I yank my Bluetooth headset from my ear and wind-up putting the phone right up to my ear.

For Those About to Blog, We Salute You


Blogging is an interesting phenomenon. What started as diaries, op eds, reports, and commentaries, has now sparked a whirlwind of incredible proportions that can leave one spinning in place – dizzy from trying to figure out where to go, for what information, and why.

This is the first in a series of pieces that will explore blogging.

Having a blog these days is almost as mandatory as having a business card and a cell phone; especially if you’re in marketing or PR. I happen to be in the latter group, and almost everyone I talk to these days, publish daily blogs. In many cases, they’ll even post multiple entries per day, with links, tags, summaries, opinions, etc. all to prove that they are “in the know” and part of the elite group of influencers dictating and reporting on the next economic renaissance.

53,651 Readers, TechCrunch, Web 2.0, and More Tonight on Dateline, Silicon Valley

In this last week, we’ve learned that Arrington is a millionaire, been hit over the head about his troubles with his site design and the resignation of his designer, and now we have uncovered that his readers are the magnet for highly niche business models.

In a very interesting series of posts, Josh Kopelman, an East Coast angel investor, fueled a fever of comments about how Web 2.0 companies are targeting the TechCrunch genre.

To View or not to Vyew

A recent post in Guy Kawasaki’s blog, Signum sine tinnitu, prompted me to post this piece.

He recently discussed Web 2.0 startup, Vyew, (pronounced VIEW), based in Berkeley. I found this very interesting because here is a company that has done almost no PR and definitely zero hype generation, yet the true viral nature of the Web has enabled this company to gain momentum the organic way. Good for them! It is a tremendous feat indeed.

Traditional Paper Meets Digital Notepad

Adesso Inc. has a new product that takes business productivity to a new level. Meetings are held every day, and the information passed along at these meetings is often vital. What happens to this information? It gets written down in a fast-paced scrawl, often the leaving the author themselves confused as to what they wrote not more than an hour ago. “When did I learn hieroglyphics?” I ask myself that question after every meeting. And to be honest, my thumb typing is pretty good, but my Treo650 isn’t the most ergonomically designed tool for rapid note-taking.

Game on! Surround Sound for Xbox and Play Station


Late at night, when the house is still, the family is sleeping, and nothing is stirring – except for me CRANKING up the volume with a pair of these bad boys!

Digital optical out. Dolby Certified 5.1. Eight speakers. Subwoofer. Rumble Effect. Wow.

ABOUT ME

Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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