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January 2009 Blog Posts (35)

VC investments in 2008

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association just published its annual MoneyTree Report about VC investments in 2008 based on data from ThomsonReuters.

The most important conclusion from the survey is that VC market maintains downward trend since the first quarter of 2008. In general, Venture Capitalists invested in U.S. companies $28.3 billion in 2008, about 8% less than in 2007… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on January 31, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Cory Doctorow - Milan, 6th March 2009

Blogger, journalist and sci-fi author Cory Doctorow will be in Milan on 6th March 2009 with Meet the Media Guru, at Mediateca Santa Teresa.

He is co-author of, and if you are interested in Web, creativity, blogging, copyright you can not miss… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 31, 2009 at 3:04am — 2 Comments

Top 25 Web Celebrities According to

Forbes published its list of top 25 web celebrities. The slideshow contains a funny surprise, go to celebrity n. 7.

Now, the list is made 90% by bloggers so maybe a better name could be "Top 25 bloggers" but then they describe the list as "In this, the third annual edition of the Web Celeb 25, we track the biggest and brightest stars on the Web,… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 30, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Google's Chief Economist, Hal Varian

The article about Google's Chief Economist Hal Varian, could not start in a better way:

"More than ten years into the widespread business adoption of the Web, some managers still fail to grasp the economic implications of cheap and ubiquitous information on and about their business"

In… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 29, 2009 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

Silicon Valley: Italian executives and Italian traditions

We came to know Silicon Valley for his technology and innovation-obsessed culture. During our Study Tour we met many Italian executives, managers and entrepreneurs working on the edge of technology. But Silicon Valley has room for some of Italian oldest traditions. Saturday 21st February 09 San Jose will host the 6th edition of Carnevale Italiano. If you are there and you are missing some Italian folkore the join the party at 580… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 28, 2009 at 5:31pm — No Comments

California Adding Green Jobs Faster than Non-Green Jobs

According to the California Green Innovation Index by non-profit organization Next10 and as today reported by from 2005 to 2007, the number of green jobs in California grew 10 percent, to about 105,000. Green collars are defined as "...ones that provide products and services leveraging renewable energy resources, reducing pollution, conserving energy… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 27, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

Stanford University Professor on Radical Innovation and Activists

The Mckinsey Quarterly recently published an article on Stanford University Professor Hayagreeva Rao commenting the role of activists on radical innovation.

"Crucial for many activists is articulating a “hot cause,” which arouses emotion and creates a community of members, and relying on “cool mobilization,” which signals the identity of community members while sustaining their… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 27, 2009 at 4:16am — No Comments

User Generated Content Conference and Expo - San Jose, 9-10 February

If you are in the Bay Area in February you may want to enjoy the User Generated Content Conference and Expo. The UGC will take place on February 9th and 10th, at San Jose Convention Center.

Among the speakers, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and Guy Kawasaki, partner of Garage Technology Ventures and rockstar blogger with his blog… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 26, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

New Business Model for Publishing Industry: The Printed Blog

Publishing and traditional media are facing a turbulent crisis which is forcing them to re-think their business models. While some of them are strongly establishing their online presence, someone else is going the reverse way by taking online content on paper.

A company called The Printed Blog, is the first daily newspaper made of blog posts and userd generated content.

You can submit… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 26, 2009 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Innovalight completes installation of world’s first silicon-ink based solar cell pilot production

During Silicon Valley Study Tour 2008, we visited Innovalight, a cool company which produces a high-quality photovoltaic silicon ink in order to replace many of the costly manufacturing steps required to make solar modules.

A few days ago Innovalight along with… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 26, 2009 at 7:36am — 5 Comments

Steve Jobs' First Real Demo

Not a simple demo. A great product, an historic… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 25, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

25 Years of Mac: From Boxy Beige to Silver Sleek

Its been 25 years since Apple presented its first computer - M0001 (with 128K of RAM and cost of US$ 2,495 !!).

The event was supported by brilliant "1984" commercial directed by Ridley Scott and was as popular as the product itself. Today company from Cupertino, named by Fortune as the most admired enterprise in the United States,… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on January 25, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Most Popular Blogging Platforms among Top 100 Blogs

. A survey by Technorati Top 100, reveals the most popular blogging platform among top 100 blogs. Wordpress is by far the most used platform, followed by Movable Type. Just to mention a few users there are Techcrunch's blogs, Mashable, and the New York… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 23, 2009 at 4:06am — No Comments

Steve Jobs' Heart Attack is a Hoax

A link (now removed) on would indicate Steve Jobs had a heart attack today. But this is just a hoax, since, as Mashable explains, the hoaxer simply used image viewer to upload an image a long with a URL to display the "breaking news" on I can 't understand who feels the need… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 22, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

IDC Events Calendar 2009

IDC, a global provider of market intelligence and

advisory services invites for series of conferences in Milan and Rome starting from February.

You can find a full description of events in the attached plan.



Milan, february 3, 2009

ICT 4 GREEN… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on January 22, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

White House New Website

As Barack Obama became the President of the USA, the White House website has a complete redesigned. Among the most interesting news there is the White House Blog, Twitter and even the Weekly Video Address where Barack Obama will publish a weekly video address every Saturday… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 21, 2009 at 9:21am — No Comments

Windows 7 Beta Unveiled at Keynote

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off CES 2009 with a keynote full of notable announcements. Microsoft showed off Windows 7 Beta, Windows Live, a flexible display, and boasted big spending on research and development over the past… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on January 20, 2009 at 6:49am — 1 Comment

Plugg 2009 for European Startups - 12 March, Brussels

Plugg, the one-day conference for European start-ups is now accepting applications for Plugg Startups Rally, their competition for European entrepreneurs. The registration (deadline 4th february) is free and 20 companies will be selected to present their products/ services. Any startup with a maximum of only one round of institutional funding can sign… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 19, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

Vinod Khosla on Being a "Pragmentalist"

Social Innovation Conversation shares a podcast with Vinod Khosla, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, venture capitalist and visionary. I have tried to upload the file here but it does not work.You can listen and download it here .

Do go and visit also Khosla… Continue

Added by Nicolò Borghi on January 19, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Obama's Stimulus Plan: How the IT Sector Could Turn it Green - Harvard Business Review

While some of us head to the gym to fulfill our New Year's resolution, President-Elect Obama is losing no time in fulfilling his: immediate passage of a massive stimulus and recovery package for the U.S. economy. That's right. He and Speaker Pelosi aim to have a bill on the President's desk by January 20, the day Obama is sworn in. His economic team has made such progress that they have already enlisted Moody's chief economist, Mark Zandi, to… Continue

Added by Jakub Gliklich on January 19, 2009 at 6:26am — No Comments

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