Ben Horowitz was toiling as an unheralded product strategist at Netscape Communications when he opened a scathing e-mail from his boss, Marc Andreessen. It was the winter of 1996; Netscape's public offering, several months earlier, had ignited the dotcom craze, and co-founder Andreessen had just appeared on Time's cover, sitting on a throne, feet bare -- the very portrait of a cocky 24-year-old tech wunderkind.
By almost all measures the new Palm Pre handset, released June 6, is a hit: The device is getting raves from technology reviewers, and officials at Sprint Nextel, the only phone network now offering the Pre, have said opening weekend sales outpaced their expectations.
It used to be that only a few CEOs were known for their obsessive love of cost-cutting -- guys like Mark Hurd at Hewlett-Packard and Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan Chase. But these days, with revenues everywhere grinding to a halt, everyone's getting into the act. Not surprisingly, a new breed of enterprise software has emerged to help the bean counters.
The tech world loves a good prank. Today is the day when the world's propeller heads show us what they've cooked up in their secret April Fool's labs and it turns out that the funniest "gotchas" circulating online happen to come from companies that typically don't have much of a sense of humor at all.
Whether it's watching Jim Cramer and Jon Stewart trade blows on Hulu, or catching up on the latest from the Disruptors series (shameless plug, I know) more and more video is getting delivered via the Internet.
If you're graduating from school or university this year you might currently be cursing your rotten luck. The economy is weak, jobs are scarce and few companies are willing to take a chance on someone unproven.
A decade ago Marc Benioff declared that software was dead. In 1999, while on leave from his job at Oracle, he convened a group of developers in his downtown San Francisco apartment building to build Salesforce.com. Soon thereafter he paid the quirky rockers the B-52's $250,000 to perform at a bash where he distributed buttons with the word "software" crossed out, Ghostbusters-style. And that was all before he had signed up a single customer.
With all the buzz about software served up over the Internet, you'd think old-guard enterprise software makers like Oracle and SAP would be panicking over the future of their businesses. You'd be wrong.
For years, the computers at TC3 Health were perfectly happy. The company, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., helps health insurance providers avoid overpayments by flagging billing errors, duplicate payments and identity fraud. Its custom-built software, dubbed TC3 Funnel, running on the company's four servers, could swiftly sift through thousands of health-care claims every day.
Significantly increasing the utility and competitiveness of its Web-based e-mail service, Google is enabling an experimental ability to read, write, and search Gmail messages even while not connected to the network.