José M. Alarcón

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Amazon Web Services brings in $2.4B in revenue in Q4 2015, up 69% over last year

Amazon today disclosed that its subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS), a cloud infrastructure provider that companies use to run applications, brought in $2.4 billion in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015. That’s a 69.37 percent year-over-year increase.<p>That growth rate is lower than it was in …

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All

In September, 2014, after investing in a ride-sharing company called Sidecar, Richard Branson declared that it was "early days and, like a lot of other commodity businesses, there is room for innovators on great customer experiences.” He added that he was not putting his money into a …

Oracle just revealed how much money Google makes from Android

And $22 billion in profit<p>Thanks to a lawyer, we know now that Google has made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from its Android operating system. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, a lawyer for Oracle disclosed the numbers — which Google says were confidential and shouldn't have been revealed …

The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Amit Paka is a co-founder at Parable, a Creative Photo Network for iOS. Previously, he founded Flockish (bought by StubHub-eBay), led Product for Mobile Payments at PayPal and held Product Development roles at Microsoft.</i><p>Recent news of Pinterest acquiring a two-person startup was …

Google falls from grace

"I think Google is likely 75% fucked," Paul Kedrosky, a venture capitalist, wrote in an email to <i>Mashable</i>. "Nothing's totally fucked, but... they're …

Amazon Finally Discloses Cloud Services Sales, Showing 49% Jump

Turns out there’s real money in the cloud. The Amazon.com Inc. division that serves up computer power, storage, and software via the Internet, …

WhatsApp: the secret weapon for small businesses

Why WhatsApp could do more for your business than Facebook or Twitter<p>WhatsApp, the social messaging service acquired by Facebook for $19bn last year, is arguably the world’s fastest-growing communication app.<p>It has more than 700m monthly active users and carries 30bn messages per day, double …

GoPro gets closer to becoming a media company with its new Roku channel

GoPro continued its march toward its goal of becoming a media company on Feb. 5, with the announcement of its new channel on the streaming media player Roku, which will launch in the spring.<p>The channel will host a combination of original GoPro-produced and user-submitted content. The content won’t …

Nixie wearable brings a personal drone to your wrist

Earlier this year, Intel kicked off its Make it Wearable challenge, a mission to take wearable technology and do things with it that haven’t yet been …

9 Of The Craziest Things Founders Have Done To Make Their Startups Successful

Some ambitious entrepreneurs take this to the next level, going the extra mile to make their businesses successful.<p>We'll take a look at the lengths startup founders go to get their companies off the ground, from AirBnB's wacky fundraising side-business to PayPal giving away money to get initial …

The Best Entrepreneurs Don't Start Companies, They Invent Categories

Starting a new company is hard. About 75 percent of startups fail, but that doesn't change the fact that lots of people do it every day.<p>Inventing a …

14 Tools Every Entrepreneur Needs for Managing Social Media

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Smart businesses know that social media is a power to be reckoned with, as it creates a direct line of communication between your company and consumers and allows anyone with an internet connection instant access to the latest buzz around your products or …

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The Justin Biebers of Minecraft Are Rewriting the Marketing Playbook

<b>On a large screen in a conference room at Salesforce.com's</b> San Francisco office, the face of an adolescent girl appears. Like an affectless Wizard of …

Virtualization: A Way To Do Much More With Much Less and With Greater Agility

The use of virtualization and cloud computing is growing quickly among companies of all sizes. Many servers are virtualized, and surveys show that by …

Before Facebook Deal, WhatsApp Was Helping BuzzFeed and Shazam Go Viral With New Platform Tools

A new share button on iOS sent more BuzzFeed article shares to WhatsApp than Twitter.<p>Unlike mobile messaging competitors like Line and WeChat, WhatsApp has taken a resolute stance against becoming a platform that distributes games and other apps.<p>As WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said in an interview last …

What do you do when you discover a competing product (in market) similar to yours (which has not yet been launched)?

It doesn't matter. Everyone has competition. Even more than that, everyone has itty-bitty tiny competition they didn't even know they had.<p>In my …

How To Prepare Your Small Business For An Inevitable Data Breach

If some in the small business community thought to themselves, “better them than us,” after hearing that hackers had breached mega chains Target, Neiman Marcus and (possibly) Michaels, their bliss was short-lived. Reports surfaced last week that the cyber-intruders accessed Targets’ systems by …

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How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically

Studies show that strategic thinking is the most important element of leadership. But how do you instill the trait in others at your company?<p>What leadership skill do your employees, colleagues, and peers view as the most important for you to have? According Robert Kabacoff, the vice president of …

Amazon's Blind Spot: Taste

Let me get this out of the way first - I really like Amazon.com:<p>I’m long on Amazon stock.<br>• I buy everything that I on Amazon, shipped to me quickly …

10 Ways Companies Drive Away Talent

If there’s one word that’s almost certain to appear somewhere on every business’s website, that word is <b>talent</b>. Companies of every size love to talk about talent! They can talk about talent all day long.<p>It’s easy to talk about talent on a website or in a recruiting brochure. It’s easy to say “We …

Box has secretly filed for an IPO

Box, the online storage company, has secretly filed paperwork for an initial public offering, according to a source.<p>That means Box could start trading as a public company before its chief rival, Dropbox. Both are among the most anticipated tech IPOs of this year.<p>A new law allows companies with less …

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Amazon will conquer the Games market

Amazon has always seemed to enjoy a good fight.<p>It faced down long-established booksellers in 1994, expanded that fight to big box retailers a few …

Epic Content Marketing Resolutions - Denmark 2014

Joe Pulizzi's keynote presentation at the Content Marketing 2014 event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Presentation covers the history of content marketing, content marketing research in the UK, and 10 resolutions on what do to with your content marketing strategy in 2014.

Entrepreneurship Isn't About Creativity

<b>Excerpted from my upcoming book SMART PEOPLE SHOULD BUILD THINGS to be published by HarperBusiness next Tuesday, Feb. 4th:</b><p>There is a common and …

The Key to Kickstarter Success Involves Cats. Lots of Cats.

Crowfunding is among the most successful internet-native industries, but that does not preclude it from classic marketing tools.<p>A recent study from …

Why Growth Hacking isn't BS

There's an article making the rounds in tech circles titled "Growth Hacking is Bull" written by Muhammad Saleem. I'd like to make the case that the …

Private Tech Companies Valued Above $1 Billion

CB Insights tracks venture capitalists and the companies they invest in. According to their data 26 privately held technology companies have a valuation of at least $1 billion (real or rumored).

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