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Will I be in the Queue for a Cue?

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When Professors Richard Friend and Henning Sirringhaus established(?) the science behind Plastic Logic’s technology and with Stuart Evans spun the company out of Cambridge University in 2000 who would have thought that nine years later they would launch a product into a crowded market.  The Que ebook reader launched yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show is competing in a ferociously competitive market currently dominated by Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader.  Yesterday Samsung joined the party and according to the DT “a host of other companies including Indian start-up Notion Ink, are expected to use the trade fair to launch rival products”.  The main beneficiary of this high growth market is another Cambridge Cluster company, ARM, as most of the devices run on its smartphone chip designs.

The one unique selling point of the Cue is that the Plastic Logic technology does not require a glass screen which is heavy and breakable.  But this does not allow a cheaper price and Apple’s rumoured iSlate is “guaranteed” to have a better comprehensive catalogue and an intuitive interface to browse and download titles from the hyped iStore.

How I hope that the Apple iSlate uses the Plastic Logic screen and an ARM chip with a sticker “Cambridge Cluster Core, trademark (c)” on the front – then the buying decision will be simple.  But will I need my iPhone as well or do I go back to a simple phone and use the iSlate on wi-fi?  I have 3G turned off to save battery power and because I am usually in a wi-fi environment.  Will I need to sleep outside a shop in the Cambridge Cluster to be first in the Queue for a Cue?

It just goes to show that the even using the best business plan resource to work out the funding of Plastic Logic, you need to back an academic who can make the switch to marketing and driving the business forward.  But turning academics into marketing and product people is perhaps asking one person to have a talent too much.

PS Zemanta still has not picked out any pictures of the Cue……..

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Mobile and Internet converge, fast

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I attended a Samsung Technology Event where it was said that the Internet and Mobile are converging even faster than forecast.  By 2010, 400million Internet enabled mobile devices will be shipped.  Around 70% of these will have Cambridge University technology at their heart with an ARM processor.  I wish I had won a Samsung Notebook at the end of the afternoon; they look really good.  I never was interested in the top prize in the draw of a very thin, 42″ LED flat screen with all the goodies – I am not a bad looser!

A blog post A Big Week for the Mobile Web by Fred Wilson supports this with everyone looking forward to the launch of the Droid.  People are moving to wi-fi as the mobile carriers are being overloaded giving slow download rates.  I guess if you do not have an iPhone then you will not appreciate the importance of good wi-fi.

Lots of great business opportunities in the mobile Internet space and you need a good business plan.

PS Met some love ladies this afternoon picking sloes to make sloe gin.  Great crop this year so I am told.

PPS Wish they had wanted the name Yomp for the new phone.  I am sure that I would have done a deal…..  Maybe the next phone in this space!

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EF at North West Start-up, Tuesday 24 February 2009

Having discussed and debated Mobile 2.0 12 months ago, this time we will discuss the growth of iPhone, Android and other technologies as platforms for creation of new products and services and their relevance to both consumers and businesses alike.

As we are approaching a new phase of mobile Internet, innovative companies are creating mashups incorporating 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, video and location based services. In this environment, it is crucial to understand the strategic and tactical steps that executives, entrepreneurs and investors should take to ensure that they are not left behind with the mobile Internet revolution. Those who develop strategies to improve customer, supplier, employee and management communications using mobile Internet are bound to gain significant competitive advantage.

Do your product roadmap includes mobile Internet? Does mobile Internet form part of your communications strategy? Want to know more? Then this event is for you.



Tuesday 24 February 200918:00 Registration and networking
18:30 Update on Tech StartUps
19:00 Speeches
19:45 Break
20:00 Panel discussion
20:40 StartUp4Slaughter
21:00 Move to Kro Bar across the road (optional)
  Equity Fingerprint is about equity Distribution from the first Equity Split to the angel and VC rounds. Use this business plan resource to shape your equity road map. Cambridge Cluster is a blog commenting on building global businesses using equity.


5 mins presentation by a tech startup highlighting a specific problem it has. Through rapid Q&A, audience attempts to find answers within 10 mins. Get in touch if you wish to grab this slot.


More speakers and panelists will be added over the coming days and weeks

Katie Lips, Social Media and Mobile Strategist at Kisky Netmedia

Katie Lips is author of “The Amazing iPhone Report”, a Guide to the platform for business owners. Katie will offer an overview of what makes the iPhone platform special and how both iPhone and Android offer supportive environments for developers and entrepreneurs. “New Mobile” is no longer a walled garden, but as developers are fast creating thousands of new apps, the ecosystem (the iPhone App Store at least) is fast becoming a crowded space. How can mobile 2.0 developers make sure their apps stand out? Katie will outline some trending strategies in “new mobile marketing” and share some lessons learnt from Kisky’s recent launch of iPhone application Coffee Buzz.

Dave Verwer, CTO, Shiny Development

Since Apple released the iTunes application store in July last year over 10,000 applications have been released and total application download numbers top 300 million so it is safe to say that the application store has been a success, but what makes a compelling iPhone application? The iPhone offers a fantastic array of hardware and software features but using these features effectively on a 3.5″ mobile phone screen can be a challenge. This session will take a high level look at the features of the phone that application designers have access to and look at some guidelines for making a killer iPhone application.

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Another iPhone short-cut and battery life

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 9: Apple CEO Steve...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeI keep finding new short cuts on the iphone.  By chance I pressed the main button twice, quickly, and was amazed to see that the phone switched and the iPod volume control came up as well.  So I could see what I was listening to and change the volume immediately.  Very clever!

An iPhone user complained to me that he had to re-charge his iPhone every three days.  My reply was that he was not using it enough and you should need to re-charge the iPhone at least every day.  The latest app I found is “Trains” from a One to One teacher at the Cambridge Apple Store.  It was wonderful, except for the price, being able to sit in the champagne bar at St Pancras knowing when the next fast train was leaving for Cambridge.  Just a quick hop across the road to King’s Cross and I was on my way.

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Black Cabs in London

Parachute RegimentImage by Steven Turner via FlickrIt is great sitting in the back of a Black Cab in London using the iPhone to check the route.  The driver just chuckled and said everyone does it now!

The next driver had a Sat Nav, iPod and and iPhone on the dashboard.  So guess what he does?  He sings and soon his lovely voice was filling the cab…

So third time lucky I talked to the driver of my last Black Cab of the day.  A quiet man and we talked.  I had just met my son so was sitting back saying how proud I was of his work as a management consultant.  Well, we should all be proud of our kids.  It was a short journey and I just had time to ask “Do you have kids? What do they do?”  “My son is on his way back from his tour in Afghanistan”.  Now that is brave and made me feel humble and slightly foolish.  Why did I not empty my pockets and ask the driver to buy the lads a drink when they get together?

I thought of him as I stood at the war memorial in Glyn Ceriog on Remembrance Sunday and we sang the Welsh and United Kingdom national anthems.  Two hundred strong voices from all ages.  When the wreaths were laid, a car door opened and an old serviceman supported by his two daughters strugged down the road and up to the memorial.  What were his thoughts as he got back into the car whilst the heavens opened?

Entrepreneurships and a business plan are tough but let us keep it all in perpective.

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Who looks after angels?

Wang Yangming (1472 1529), considered the most influential Confucian thinker since Zhu Xi.Image via WikipediaBill Mann writing in The Motley Fool says that China is the greatest opportunity of our lifetime if you missed the boom in the USA from 1980. He is pushing China after the recent 50% drop in the Shanghai stock market. This is because of the tremendous rate of growth and the free enterprise economy.

However he cautions that China “has an unbelievable entrepreneurial culture, but does not yet have a fully formed culture of protecting minority shareholders.” And we do? Having been trodden into the ground by some founders, options intended for new staff “stolen” by founders and offered a cap of 4x by other founders, I am not sure that the Chinese have much to learn from the unpleasant antics of founders in the USA and UK. I am forgetting the dishonest and those who pay themselves top money whilst driving the business into the ground. It is why experienced angels work in packs, get the legal people on side and then go for a strong board appointment with veto clauses. Sad but true. It is all part of the Equity Fingerprint, the business plan resource, fun ride. But then who wants to stay away from clusters and go on holidays?

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