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Monthly Archives: January 2014

A New Secondary Market for Early Startup Employees’ Stock

It was once a rare practice, but employees are now finding more ways to unload vested shares in their startups along the way. While employers have typically tried to control these sales, a new marketplace called Equidate is opening up that will let employees sell equity with or without the startup’s consent (although Equidate would prefer to collaborate with employers). Over the past decade, many companies like Facebook have elected to wait longer before going public. That meant that longtime employees wound up with their wealth mostly tied up in the stock of their companies with few options to […]

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Are Innovative Technologies Ever Disruptive Technologies?

disrupt Maybe it’s because I’m cynical and jaded. Maybe I’m just a grumpy old man who can’t stand these new kids trying to change the world. Maybe I just hate stupid industry buzzwords and the metaphorical definitions they assume. But after more than a decade reporting on tech, observing trends, and using words properly,  I can reassure you that all these companies and technologies people are so excited about are definitely not disruptive. Yes, this it going be one of those articles that starts off as a grammar lesson and then throws in some history to prove a point. And, […]

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The Potential of 3D Printing Electronics

3D electronic printing holds promise of applications for soldiers As researchers at Picatinny Arsenal explore the potential of 3-dimensional printing, they envision the potential to embed a radio antenna on the side of a Soldier’s helmet, or print sensors directly onto a weapon or even an article of clothing. Over the past few years, advancements in 3D printing have enabled scientists to print items ranging from body organs to candy. At Picatinny, scientists and engineers are using additive manufacturing and 3D printing to print electronics, weapon components, and training models. Additive manufacturing, which includes 3D printing, lets engineers create […]

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How Long Before Securities Analysts Become Data Scientists?

As US equity markets closed out 2013 at new highs the future of equity research is facing significant change.  With “price targets” being reset for many soaring social, cloud and big data analytics stocks let’s meet the new software analyst.  But first, a little background. Equity research has marginally evolved with investment styles and trading strategies over the past couple of decades.  The days of primary fundamental research, particularly on the sell-side, faded long ago.  Most analysts don’t have the gumption or the time. Shrinking commissions and heightened regulatory scrutiny yield lower returns on investment, continuing a cycle of […]

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