Author Archives: Todd Woody
  • This is for all the speeders out there (you know who you are)

    By Michael V. Copeland

    LAS VEGAS - One thing technology should have nailed by now is evading speed traps set by radar-toting officers. The old days of the "fuzz buster" were a bit hit and miss (just ask my insurance company.) But come on, if we can remotely land and guide a robotic rover on Mars, I should never get a speeding ticket again. And what? You bought that Porsche MORE

    - Jan 6, 2008 10:30 PM ET
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  • NetSuite's sweet IPO

    By Michael V. Copeland

    You have to hand it to NetSuite. While the markets have been whipsawing all around, the on-demand finance software company backed by Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison got its IPO done via a Dutch auction at a price, $26, almost double the stock's original target.

    If NetSuite's first day's trading on Thursday is any indication, the company also did incredibly well in the pricing of shares. So MORE

    - Dec 20, 2007 3:43 PM ET
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  • LinkedIn is open for business

    By Michael V. Copeland

    Less than 18 months ago, LinkedIn was the only online business networking game in town. Then Facebook opened up to all comers, and things changed. Or more precisely, a wave of LinkedIn's users began giving the fast-growing social network a whirl. Sure, Facebook was more about throwing chicken wings than getting a deal done, but some of the hardest charging dealmakers, including startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and MORE

    - Dec 10, 2007 9:22 AM ET
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  • The death of the desktop

    By Michael V. Copeland

    For all the fuss over whose Internet platform is bigger, Facebook or Google's OpenSocial, the biggest platform, and the one that promises the most utility -- for social networks, for taking care of business -- is the web itself. Full stop.

    Speaking on behalf of all of broadband connected humanity, what we want is to be able to carry and access our digital lives wherever we go and MORE

    - Dec 3, 2007 8:30 AM ET
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  • The new VC model: Small is beautiful

    By Michael V. Copeland

    Here's the math problem facing early-stage venture capitalists today. The vast majority of "exits" for venture-backed software companies, those happy events where everyone gets paid, are acquisitions valued at less than $50 million. All those large companies that go shopping for startups -- Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Cisco (CSCO), eBay (EBAY), Yahoo (YHOO) and AT&T (T) -- may be buying up dozens of companies every year, but MORE

    - Nov 27, 2007 5:00 AM ET
  • Big advertisers are Facebook's new friends

    By Jessi Hempel

    A hush fell over a packed sixth-floor room this afternoon in a nondescript Manhattan warehouse as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the stage. "Once every 100 years, the way that media works fundamentally changes," he said haughtily. So began one of the most highly anticipated launch events this fall as Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook Ads, a three-part strategy to help advertisers better connect to customers on the social networking MORE

    - Nov 6, 2007 4:51 PM ET
  • Social networking developers: In the catbird seat or dog food?

    By Michael V. Copeland

    It has been an interesting few days watching Silicon Valley's most powerful company, Google, fend off technology's latest adolescent darling, Facebook. That of course, is what Google's (GOOG) OpenSocial initiative is all about, pitting its new-born social networking platform against Facebook's six-month-old social networking platform. And while these two companies battle it out for the opportunity to capture our time with the useful as well as MORE

    - Nov 2, 2007 9:11 AM ET
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