Category Archives: Silicon Valley Musings

A Floating “Tech” Incubator – Only In Silicon Valley

incubatorHow far would you go to bring your talent, or idea to Silicon Valley? Apparently for those non-citizens, the answer can be as close as 12 miles away. Blueseed, whose idea has to go under the category of “Only in Silicon Valley”, seems to think they have the solution for those H1 Visa workers – an incubator just of the coast of San Francisco—on a boat. But this is no ordinary boat, more like a floating (non-military community).

Blueseed’s website states: “The location will allow startup entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world to start or grow their company near Silicon Valley, without the need for a U.S. work visa.”

I have to say, I have been watching the incubator trend making a comeback, but I didn’t see this one coming. It is an interesting concept and once again shows the powerful pull of Silicon Valley. So for those of us lucky enough to live and work here (on actual land), let’s take a collective breath and be grateful for what we have…but keep an eye on what’s cooking just off the coast.

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Read about it yourself. Check out their website:

http://blueseed.co/

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Patient Safety: Going Well Beyond a Checklist

With National Patient Safety Awareness Week coming to a close, we thought we would give some attention to this important topic.

In following this week’s articles, blog posts and tweets, much of the discussion about patient safety has centered on the treatment a patient receives during a procedure or hospital stay, so we asked Dr. Gary Ferguson, one of TIBCO’s Chief Healthcare Strategists, for his perspective. In his words he feels strongly that: “Many of these approaches are treating the symptoms, and not the cause.”

This is a good point. Take for example the case of hospital readmissions. It’s well known that CMS will begin penalizing hospitals if their readmission rate exceeds standards.

So what should caregivers be focused on in order to achieve patient safety, and how does technology fit into the overall goals?

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Are Businesses Ready to Put Augmented Reality to Work?

There is a new buzz in town, and just like “big data” received a lot of attention last year, the new trend is around “augmented reality.” True techies will scoff at this being a new idea and movies have had some fun with this idea for years, but with the rise of phones and smart devices, is this now something REAL and useful to the enterprise? TIBCO’S Matt Quinn, CTO, and Sriram Chakravarthy, Senior Director of Product and Engineering for Social Computing, think so. IT Business Edge spent some time talking with them both on the subject. Quinn summed it up nicely saying “We expect the industry to evolve very quickly as enterprises see value in augmented reality. We expect an explosion in the types and approaches to augmented reality. We expect to move out of games as a proof of concept to business apps.”

Read the full article here: Augmented Reality Gets Real

Related Blog Post: GEO “Check-In” Enterprise Style

What Do Bananas and Social Computing Have in Common?

This past year’s TUCON had some amazing Keynotes; some inspirational, others educational, and of course there where those that were entertaining. But when Chris Robinson, CIO of KPMG Australia, came out on stage holding a large banana, I realized this was going to be all of the above. He related the story of a client who threw something of a curve ball at the firm. The client, who’s in the fruit smoothie business, asked KPMG to help solve a vexing problem: “How to automate the task of peeling lots of bananas quickly and cheaply?” Employing humans to do this would cost too much, while machines tend to smash the fruit, since bananas come in all shapes and sizes. Even for a consultancy that boasts all kinds of experts in retail, manufacturing and technology, KPMG was stumped.

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