Dylan’s Desk: What you need to do to get more women at your conference — or company

panel of investor "sages" at DEMO Fall 2012

Last year, Courtney Stanton organized a conference for game developers whose 12-person speaker roster was half women, and half men.

And she did it without considering the gender of applicants.

In the world of tech conferences, that gender ratio is almost unheard of — let alone getting there without actively saying yes to certain applicants just because you know they’re female.… Read the rest

Dylan’s Desk: What you need to do to get more women at your conference — or company

Once king of enterprise software, Lotus Notes is dragging IBM down

lotus notes is coming poster

Published on VentureBeat

When IBM bought Lotus for $3.5 billion in 1995, it looked as though the venerable computing giant was just about to lock up the software industry and coast to unstoppable profits.

Eighteen years later, Lotus looks more like a millstone around IBM’s neck than a flywheel giving it extra speed.… Read the rest

Once king of enterprise software, Lotus Notes is dragging IBM down

Dylan’s Desk: CES still matters, even if you hate it

After a two-week holiday break, my VentureBeat column is back. This week: why CES still matters.

Coincidentally, this morning NPR ran a similar story on Morning Edition. The reporter points out that, while big companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon don’t have booths at CES, they still send many executives and other people to scout out technology and make deals.… Read the rest

Dylan’s Desk: CES still matters, even if you hate it

Small stones #4-7

My son asks me to time him, then bolts down the sidewalk and out of sight between two strangers. He returns at top speed, twelve long seconds later.

4 Jan 2013

 

the binoculars reveal distant waves
crawling slowly across the horizon

5 Jan 2013

 

Sunlight breaks through the sky over Capitola, surrounding the surfers with a silvery glare.… Read the rest

Small stones #4-7