Archive for January, 2011

Crossing the great divide? Where AR meets VC

January 19, 2011

Just got off a great call with a really interesting firm call Neovian Partners and one of my clients. Good discussion and questions etc.. but it triggered a thought in my mind.

There has always been a link between analyst firms and tech investment. I recall in the very distant past that Gartner had a link with a firm called Sandbox – may be wrong so can someone from the AR community help me on this one – thanks! The idea being that Gartner content/insight was used to help investment decisions. I also ‘fondly’ recall the backlash following the dot com boom/bust that a fair few investment decisions were made based on market sizing numbers that shall we say were questionable – oh when we were young and free 😉

In 2011 I can see that there is a new breed of firm part analyst, part investment influencer not just in terms of market sizing but more in terms of investment advice based on an understanding of technology/business model. If you are working in the start up world (my focus). This is as exciting an area as social media savvy analyst/firms.

It’s not a case of crossing the great divide between AR and VC but enjoying the ride of influence and information ecosystem.

My focus for 2011- Focus

January 11, 2011

Just fired up Twitter, about to check Quora for new questions, then on to LinkedIn to review the Q&As from the groups I am subscribed to……

At some point I might get back to the day job……..

Actually it is part of the day job. But I remember years and years meeting a senior Microsoft Exec when doing an analyst tour with him and he gave a fab piece of advise in dealing with email – a major issue then – now its minor given the myriad of information sources we all HAVE to be linked to.

He said ‘I spent two hours a day doing mail. One hour in the morning and one in the evening and do the stuff I really need to do in between that’

Well it is common sense but will definitely be a piece of advice I will look to follow in 2011.

Hang on just seen a new tweet I need to look at…..