Key Learnings: MOBILE + CLOUD KILLED THE WEB?

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Strategic Checkups, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.      NEW YORK, New York — I really thought the subject was provocative: “Mobile + Cloud Killed the Web.”  But I was totally wrong.  The NetForum members in attendance took my statement as a given.  Mobile and Cloud are impacting the Web ecosystem in ways comparable to the way the Web disrupted Print (old media) starting 20 years ago. Due to its membership rules, the NetForum is slanted towards people who currently or previously managed large Web…

PRIVACY: THE HIDDEN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM — Summary

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Strategic Checkups, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.      LONDON, United Kingdom — Another excellent NetForum discussion took place at Bloomberg’s Finsbury Square offices, this time around the idea of Privacy, as it affects us all and in particular as it relates to technology companies. Consumers still don’t get that big data is here … The subject matter is confusing for the experts, and baffling for consumers. The outcry when people realised that their tweets had not in fact disappeared but were stored (and…

Invitation: MOBILE+CLOUD KILLED THE WEB?

NEW YORK, New York — If you are a CEO of a web company or a digital strategist in a major company, you must be thinking about how the the rapid adoption of mobile platforms, and the increasing adoption of the Cloud, have upended the web business models of the last 15 years.  People talk about being Omnimedia and Multi-platform. What strategic and tactical factors are part of decision to allocate what resources to any platform? Or is it time to rethink the whole strategy and figure out how do you become Internet of Everything-ready.  Share your business experience and connect…

ARE WE IN A BUBBLE? (London) — Summary

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Strategic Checkups, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.      LONDON, United Kingdom — Thanks to everyone that attended last week for a lively discussion and a packed house. The question was around valuation, both asking whether we are in a bubble, and also whether the mid-atlantic discount was surmountable. Most of the discussion was about the bubble however. Valuation – are we in a bubble? A small one, maybe, in parts In general, the thought was that we aren’t in a major bubble. (We took…

ARE WE IN A BUBBLE? (New York) — Summary

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Strategic Checkups, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.      NEW YORK, New York — On December 18th, 2014, the NetForum NY held its monthly breakfast.  As usual the broad diversity of the attendees’ experience resulted in a fascinating discussion, meeting our promise of deep peer-to-peer learning. This meeting’s objective was to answer several questions: Are we “technically” in a Bubble?  Do we “feel” like we are in a Bubble?  How does a company CEO behave armed with the answers to these questions? Are we…

THE PRIVACY POLICY. WHAT’S THAT FOR? — Summary

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Strategic Checkups, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.      NEW YORK, New York — On November 20th, 2014, we held another thought-provoking NetForum event.  This time we bravely tackled the subject of Privacy on the Web.  I wanted to approach the subject from an unusual angle: examining the Privacy Policy.  We see those words on pretty much all web sites and religiously ignore them.  Yet, someone bothers to write these policies.  What is this all about? Before I share with you some of the…

Update: Launching NetForum London and Schedule for NetForum NYC

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Strategic Checkups, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.      NEW YORK, New York — After 2 years of Start-Up mode, the NetForum is getting more structured. But we are not changing anything to the format that really creates the magic of NetForum events: small group around one table having an off-the-record discussion about challenges and opportunities facing tech startups of a certain size and maturity. The attendees are a mix of CXOs of tech startups and Corp Dev/Corp Strategy execs in larger companies. I…

Invitation: HUMAN CAPITAL — THE NEW REALITY

The NetForum will meet again on September 26th at 830am to continue our peer-to-peer conversations about the most topical subjects for executives charged with scaling Digital Economy businesses, whether they are CEOs of Expansion Stage companies or corporate executives in charge of strategy, corporate development and revenue generation in large media, technology, and other Web-transformed businesses.  Our host will be General Assembly, and we will meet at their 902 Broadway location, on Level 4 (that’s in NYC for all my out of state readers!) Our topic of discussion will be “Human Capital — the New Reality.  Have you felt it…

Invitation: CORPORATE VENTURING

We will be having our next event on June 20thcentered on Corporate Venturing. We had surveyed members to see which corporate strategy topics were of most interest to them and Corporate Venturing came to the top of the list. There has been a resurgence of Corporate Venture Capital, and this time it is not just isolated with Tech and Pharma companies (Automotive, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas companies are all entering) and there has been significant growth in cross-industry investments (somewhat driven by multi-industry sweeping innovations such as clean-tech). Many of our members are seeking CVC funding, while others…

IPO! WHAT IPO??? — Summary

  Parkview provides M&A Advisory Services and Strategic Checkups, a one-of-a-kind service that helps startups understand what they need to do to prepare for a successful exit.      NEW YORK, New York — The fifth NetForum meeting took place on May 2nd, 2013. The topic of discussion was “IPO! What IPO???” It is no secret that the IPO market for technology companies has basically vanished.  Why is that? Is our community less daring, less ambitious? Are we creating companies of lesser value? Or are the public market investors basically not buying it, saying come back when’ve got something that we can believe in?…