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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Five families own more than 20% of the UK do? Rubbish
Tim Worstall, 20 Mar 10:03

Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Online retailers might slurp your data but they still don't know jack
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 11:27

Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?

Blocks and Files These rebels need to find a cause, says the Sage of Storage
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Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 08:28

Will the blighters pay this time? Betting big on developers

Comment After lying in a deathlike slumber for years, the developer market is twitching
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Michael Coté, 07 Mar 14:46

How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

¡Bong! While Crimea teeters on the edge, a plan is being hatched in Shoreditch...
Steve Bong, 07 Mar 12:57

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blow me a fuse, darlin’, I got 499 more where that came from
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Mar 10:59

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Matt Asay

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Matt Asay is vice president of corporate strategy at 10gen, the MongoDB company. Previously he was SVP of business development at Nodeable, which was acquired in October 2012. He was formerly SVP of biz dev at HTML5 start-up Strobe (now part of Facebook) and chief operating officer of Ubuntu commercial operation Canonical. Asay is an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

John Lennon's lesson for public-domain innovation

While I've never thought John Lennon's Imagine offered a particularly useful prescription for peace, I am starting to wonder if it might not suggest something better than free and open-source software. When Lennon sings that if we can just "imagine no possessions" we'll end up with "all the people sharing all the world," he's …
Matt Asay, 18 Feb 2013
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Data scientists: Do they even exist?

Big Data is all the rage. Now if only someone had to clue what to do with it. According to a new survey of senior executives by Big data consultantancy NewVantage, Big Data is "top of mind for leading industry executives," but these same executives struggle to find the right people to analyse their data. In fact, while 70 per …
Matt Asay, 13 Feb 2013

The business mullet: Cool or tool?

Silicon Valley is notoriously casual in its dress and business demeanor. In a culture that celebrates every day as Casual Friday, it's hard to get the tech crowd to dress up. Which is why it's so painful when techie types try to dress up. Maybe they need to pitch a VC. Maybe they have an important sales meeting with a potential …
Matt Asay, 08 Feb 2013

When open-source eats itself, we win

For years the headlines have been about open source cannibalising proprietary software. But what happens when open source starts to cannibalise itself? In some markets, open source rules the roost. For example, Drupal, Joomla, my old company Alfresco and other open-source content management systems regularly duke it out for …
Matt Asay, 06 Feb 2013

Introducing the Open Source Rookie of the Year... Whoa, it's Microsoft

It's déjà vu all over again for Microsoft, as Black Duck Software has named Redmond's TypeScript project among its 2012 Open Source Rookies of the Year - despite Microsoft spending nearly a decade trying to figure out this crazy communist software manifesto. Back in 2001, Microsoft labeled open source a "cancer," "un-American," …
Matt Asay, 02 Feb 2013

My top tip for Microsoft: Stop charging for Windows Phone 8

While Microsoft posted solid numbers for Windows 8, anyone paying attention to Intel's quarterly report can see that the writing is on the wall for desktop computing. Perhaps surprisingly, this is also true of the enterprise, generally not an early mover on technology trends. According to a new Appcelerator survey of enterprise …
Matt Asay, 28 Jan 2013