Arthur Harris of the Royal Air Force is often credited as the innovator of carpet bombing during World War Two, which was a tactic used to achieve the complete destruction of a target region and demoralization of its residents. When the head of marketing at New Line Cinema sends out his next batch of thank you cards, he may wish to extend special consideration to the Harris family. >>>
SM: What has been your financing strategy?
CR: One skill set I brought was fundraising experience. We did your typical small seed round, primarily led by the principles who put money down to build the first prototype. The first real round was led by Redpoint. >>>
Dell yesterday reported strong Q1 FY 2009 results driven by strong growth in commercial and consumer products and services and lower operating expenses. Revenue grew 9.6% y-o-y to $16 billion beating analyst estimate of $15.68 billion. Net income at $784 million (up 4%) or EPS of $0.38 (up 12%) also beat analyst estimates of $0.34. The market is upbeat about its turnaround and its shares jumped 10% in after hours trading to about $24. Earlier coverage is available here, here, and here. >>>
My new Forbes column How Technology Can Save Retailers gets into online brand engagement, focus groups, inventory planning.
SM: When did you make the decision to go to India?
CR: A little over a year ago we had an investor say “it is time to go to India now”. I went over to India and it was clear the opportunity was there. By the time my trip was over I hired a head of India operations. >>>
Inform provides media websites with a technology solution that automatically searches, organizes and links content to provide the site with depth with the aim to win and retain more readers. The easy-to-implement technology automatically creates links to relevant information on the site, in archives and anywhere on the web, to create a more detailed reading experience for the viewer. >>>
Daptiv is one of the leading on-demand collaborative business software that allows companies of all sizes to transform their mid-office business transactions. Daptiv provides solutions which simplify employees’ daily association and communication while dramatically reducing the difficulty of managing multiple teams, projects and tasks. >>>