Experience the Windows 8 release with our launch event video.
We had the opportunity to check out the Windows 8 release event at Microsoft’s San Jose Windows store, located in the heart of Silicon Valley.
In the video below, we go up close and personal with Microsoft’s newly released Surface RT tablet, get impressions from customers on the controversial new OS, and interview the store’s manager to see if the long-awaited launch lived up to the hype.
Click the "Read More" button to check out our image gallery from the launch.
There's isn't likely to be another dot-com bubble, but according to a report in the Financial Times, private technology companies are seeing increased stock market interest in initial public offerings (IPOs) for the first time in more than two years, some venture capitalists say.
The sudden interest is being led by Facebook, as well as Amazon recently gobbling up Zappos for $850 million, and Google acquiring AdMob for $750 million.
"Zappos was probably going to be the biggest IPO of the year in 2010," said Chris Varelas, founder of Riverwood Capital, a private equity firm specializing in tech.
Faysai Sohail, a partner at CMEA Capital, a Valley venture capital firm, says that up to 100 companies now have "hundreds of millions in revenue and profitability and are ready to file." And it's not hard to believe. As FT.com notes, the number of companies that filed their intention to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission ballooned to 31, which is the highest its been since the financial crisis.
This summer the world’s leading thinkers in exponentially growing technologies will gather at NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley for ten weeks of hardcore discussions about how to change the future, and you’re more than welcome to join in.
The gathering, also known as Singularity University (a new academic institution co-founded by Ray Kurzwell, Peter Diamandis and Yahoo’s Salim Ismial) is allowing applications from anyone that wishes to join in on the discussions. But make sure that you’ve done your homework, among the studies that will be available are biotechnology, bio informatics, future studies and forecasting, nanotechnology, AI, robotics, cognitive computing and finance and entrepreneurship.
Kurzwell, Diamandis and Ismail are hoping that students will attend from all around the world, and that the program will result in the founding of new companies, the evolution of scientific and technological thinking, and even the solidification of professional and personal networks among the elite students and faculty.
As the economy finds it increasingly difficult to free itself from the clutches of the proverbial bear, it is safe to assume that the eagerness with which investors rallied to fund tech startups has been consigned to history, at least for the time being. The tenebrous economy has also made angel investors nervous. Angels are now trying to maintain a safe distance from tech start-ups just like all other investors.
Most tech start-ups count on angel investors for funds in their infancy. However, the economic meltdown has sapped their otherwise unbridled optimism. According to a survey conducted by the Angel Capital Association in November, fifty percent of investors invested well within their expectations in 2008. And one in every three angel investors feels that the slide in investments will continue.
The abysmal lack of confidence isn’t the only thing to blame, but the dearth of liquidity has also forced them to pull in their horns. However, the doughtier investors are still investing, though at a decreased pace, as they want to make the most of plummeting company valuations.
Dan Martin, a San Francisco-based angel investor, told CNET that stocks are a better investment avenue than “investing in the friend of a friend who wants to open a green Chuck E.” But there is still hope for budding tech entrepreneurs as many angels are expected to make joint investments with others in their fraternity.