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Five Things I’d Do If I Were RIM’s CEO

Five Things I’d Do If I Were RIM’s CEO

Much glee and angst is being expressed over RIM’s current “transition“.  The whole situation has become so theatrical and cliched that yesterday I was compelled to tweet my observation that RIM’s current transition in the SmartPhone market is...
Don’t look to the Valley (*all of the time)

Don’t look to the Valley (*all of the time)

Many columns of text and tweets are dedicated to the emulation of Silicon Valley tech companies in our industry.  My obvious response to this is:  why bother?  We will never have all of the same advantages of Silicon Valley — if you truly think that it is the...
Vancouver’s new (old) stadium is a broken, expensive eyesore

Vancouver’s new (old) stadium is a broken, expensive eyesore

In 2008, PavCo, a crown corporation taxed with operating Vancouver’s 55,000 seat BC Place Stadium, announced a $150M renovation which would include the replacement of BC Place’s inflatable roof with a retractable cloth roof. This was likely their way of...
Feeling Smug: Cisco invests in RingCentral

Feeling Smug: Cisco invests in RingCentral

In 1999 I was an obscure Product Manager working in the Packet Telephony Division at Cisco Systems.  After digging through the SIP specification I realized that, if implemented as I’d hoped it would be, SIP would be a tremendous catalyst for expansion within the...
Reflections on Connect 2010 Vancouver

Reflections on Connect 2010 Vancouver

I enjoyed Connect this year but figured I’d toss my constructive feedback out to the community for discussion, debate, or possibly even confirmation. As you can probably guess I’ve spent almost 20 years attending, speaking at, and even helping organize...
Vancouver: Wonders Start Here

Vancouver: Wonders Start Here

At last, here it is… (click here to view on Vimeo). …after months of toil and tinkering we have finally released the Vancouver video to you, the world.  Thanks to those who helped at every level — from our sponsors at Microsoft, the BCIC, the BCTIA,...
Reflections on the Harley Weekend

Reflections on the Harley Weekend

I have just spent three days riding motorcycles in some of the most inclement weather that it’s possible to throw at a biker. I did this because Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada invited me and a few others to talk about our businesses, learn about the brand, and...
A wolf among the lambs: Riding Harleys in Niagara

A wolf among the lambs: Riding Harleys in Niagara

Those who know me well likely consider me a bit of a riding snob. Since getting my license (and occasionally before) I have always ridden sportbikes. I enjoy the video-game-like sensation of staying hyper-alert, body poised for quick reaction, zooming and dancing up...
Looking Forward to GROWing

Looking Forward to GROWing

Vancouver is the scene of a wonderfully diverse and burgeoning technology economy.  One effort I am making to shepherd this along is with a film I’ve been producing in partnership with the Vancouver Film School, Microsoft Canada, BCTIA, VEDC, and BC Innovation...