Author Archives: Jon Fortt
  • Silicon Valley's most seasoned startup CEO

    Dave Duffield is back in a cubicle after building PeopleSoft into a giant, then losing it in a brutal takeover battle with Larry Ellison. How at 70 he's planning his return -- and his IPO.

    David Duffield has earned a comfortable retirement; over the course of his nearly 70 years he's started several companies, helped define today's business software market, and become a billionaire. But you won't find him MORE

    - Apr 6, 2010 7:00 AM ET
  • A new way to cut your payroll costs

    Hot startup Workday aims to help companies save money by making human resources software a shared service. But is it safe?

    It sounds like a privacy breach waiting to happen: Take some of your company's most classified information -- employee records containing Social Security numbers, salaries -- and put it on a bunch of remote servers that let you access the data via the public MORE

    - Apr 6, 2010 3:00 AM ET
  • Even in baseball, winning isn't everything

    In at least one major-league ballpark, technology will play a bigger role in boosting sales

    Quick: What makes a baseball team a great business? If you said winning, you've only got part of the picture. Teams make money when lots of people consistently turn out or tune in to watch them – whether they win or not.

    Of course, Larry Baer wants to win, too. But as president of the San Francisco MORE

    - Apr 2, 2010 7:00 AM ET
  • Verizon iPhone? Why AT&T shouldn't panic yet

    People tend to talk about the iPhone going to Verizon as if it would be all upside for Apple and Verizon, and all downside for AT&T. That's not quite correct.

    It would be a big deal, however. Since its debut three years ago, AT&T (T) has been the exclusive U.S. network for the iPhone.

    That arrangement has brought AT&T great benefits including higher revenues, lower customer defections, and a gaggle of tech-savvy MORE

    - Mar 30, 2010 7:45 PM ET
  • The death of a (printer) salesman

    In the near future, most big businesses won't actually buy printers. The shocker: HP is looking forward to that.

    Bruce Dahlgren's job at Hewlett-Packard is to sell printers to big customers. Well, sort of. During a recent huddle in a conference room at Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto, he was talking about what will happen when big customers stop actually buying printers.

    Sound unthinkable? It's not. Rather than purchase equipment that gets MORE

    - Mar 30, 2010 7:00 AM ET
  • Why Steve Jobs shouldn't pay you a dividend

    Apple doesn't do stock buybacks, doesn't pay a dividend, and is sitting on $40 billion in cash. Is that a problem?

    Wall Street purists would say it is.

    The argument goes something like this: Cash isn't for show. It's for investors. Companies have an obligation to either use it for growth drivers like acquisitions and equipment, or give it back to the shareholders. We put money into public companies to earn a MORE

    - Mar 19, 2010 7:00 AM ET
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  • How IBM's analytics software saves lives

    To help Mayo Clinic improve detection of potentially deadly aneurysms, IBM prescribed technology used to treat ailing business operations.

    Here's the thing about brain aneurysms: They aren't necessarily deadly, unless they pop. If that happens, there's roughly a 50% chance that the patient will die—so it's best to spot and treat them early.

    To help in their aneurysm hunt, radiologists at Mayo Clinic use special software developed with IBM (IBM) that analyzes MORE

    - Mar 15, 2010 7:47 AM ET
  • Top 5 moments from Eric Schmidt's talk in Abu Dhabi

    ABU DHABI – Google CEO Eric Schmidt's speech and Q&A here was probably the most popular event at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit; there was standing room only on Wednesday as he extolled the virtues of the Internet and the goodness of Google (GOOG). His audience, mostly a mix of tech-savvy locals, international media executives and tech insiders, greeted him with wary admiration. Here are his most memorable quotes:

    "If you're a MORE

    - Mar 11, 2010 7:00 AM ET
  • In Abu Dhabi, rulers grill tech and media gurus on monetization

    ABU DHABI – News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch told government officials and financiers here Tuesday that the best way to grow a thriving media economy in the Middle East is to take risks. That, he said, will mean limiting censorship and opening up to foreign competition – even when it hurts.

    Sure, the message was a little self-serving; Murdoch wants to expand his media empire in the burgeoning Middle East market, MORE

    - Mar 10, 2010 6:17 AM ET
  • Mister Softee's Revenge

    Don't look now, but the year's most buzz-worthy tech company might be Microsoft.

    Microsoft went around with a big, fat target on its forehead for a couple of decades. It was the tech giant we loved to hate. The company deserved the scorn; in the 1990s it crushed pipsqueaks Apple (AAPL), Netscape and Palm (PALM), and still found time to push around a few hapless PC makers who seemed to barely MORE

    - Feb 26, 2010 9:39 AM ET
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