The record of Facebook so far is impressive … in fact it is unprecedented.
Facebook with $40 billion valuation & 500 million users – Mark Elliot
Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire & Time “person of the year” … the
list goes on. So, where does Facebook go from here? Are we looking at the tip
of the iceberg or are we standing at the top of Mt Everest?
Here is a 2007 May Fast Company article – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg:
Hacker. Dropout. CEO. It makes interesting reading. The article goes on to
says “…TechCrunch posted documents said to be a part of an internal
valuation of Facebook by Yahoo. The documents projected that Facebook would
generate $969 million in revenue, with 48 million users, by 2010…”. They
have been wrong by an order of magnitude on the number of users!!!
Going forward, here are five possible scenarios for Facebook.
Next big thing happens: A new and ... (more)
If you are clear about what governance means then you can skip the next
section. However, if you have heard the term – Corporate Governance, SOA
Governance, IT Governance – but you are not exactly sure about what it
really means, then here is an explanation.
Suppose you are interested that an entity works in a way you want it to work.
If you are managing the entity then you have the necessity authority to
ensure it. However, you don’t manage the entity directly then what do you
do? To do anything you need to have some authority or influence over the
entity. You can discuss with ... (more)
Which is better? A structured, top-down approach to problem solving or an
unstructured, collaborative one? The first approach is the traditional
approach - but agile development methodology, the open source movement and
Web 2.0 follow the second approach.
Last week I came across two seemingly unrelated essays (one blog post –
Understanding the Nature of Self-Organizing Teams by Jim Highsmith and one
article – Don’t Underestimate India’s Consumers by John Lee) - but both
discuss Structured vs Unstructured - Order vs Chaos.
The blog post provides a snapshot of the book – The Starfis... (more)
Though I am a strong believer in Agile Methodologies and I very much
subscribe to SCRUM, I always get a feeling that a product backlog does not
give the full picture of the expected product and we need something more to
Let us first look at how product backlog is prepared?
You start with either a business problem or a product idea – and you decide
to build a piece of software You probably write a very high level
specification of what the software should do A product owner is identified
who breaks up it up into multiple stories on how the user is going to use the
(5sahjdcb8k) This post is triggered by John Gannon asking me a question about
“the implication of VMware acquisition of Spring Source?”
VMware: I already have the most popular virtualization software and I will
integrate Spring Source and create the best PaaS offering.
Amazon EC2: I am extending my cloud facility to a virtual private environment
so that you security concerns are taken care.
Microsoft: I am giving you a platform which is very similar to what you use
so that you can seamlessly extend your application to the cloud and even the
developers can continue to use the same s... (more)