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Archive: Trends

Trends

Tongue Tied: Speaking Candidly About Capital

I cringe when I read a headline that says a startup “pulled in”, “landed” or even “scooped ” new funding. Or better yet, when a venture capital firm is described as having “placed a bet”, “made a bet” or “cut a check” for a startup. These various accounts of winning money and placing bets are oftentimes used by reporters and news outlets to…

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Corporate

How Convertible Debt Deal Further Strengthened Safeguard’s Balance Sheet

Safeguard’s convertible debt deal last November reduced Safeguard’s debt to less than a third of its debt level in 2005 and cut interest rate expenses nearly in half. During an interview earlier this week with Maxwell Murphy of the Wall Street Journal, Safeguard’s newly appointed CFO Jeff McGroarty explained  that “We looked at the market and saw we can do…

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Life Sciences

6 Trends That Will Shape Healthcare in 2013

With President Obama winning another four years in the oval office, the palpable uncertainty created by the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act has been supplanted by a more stable outlook for the healthcare industry overall as 36 million more Americans join the health insurance ranks as we enter 2013. So, with that issue resolved, what can healthcare…

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Technology

5 Opportunities in Enterprise Infrastructure for 2013

I’ve spoken with a number of CIOs recently, and they all recognize that almost all of their enterprise infrastructure must be reimagined. Technologies like mobile, big data, in-memory databases and virtualization are fundamentally altering the foundations of computing—processing, memory, network, storage and even the physical boundaries. Meanwhile, the cloud (private, public, hybrid) is changing the economics of computing. Social computing…

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Technology

The Ballad of the Brave CIO

Few key roles in a company are as dynamic as the CIO has been over the past 20 years. CIOs have come a long way, from implementing hardware and software packages in the 1990s to managing outside contractors when economics pushed IT departments to outsource software development and data centers. Yet another shift is now redefining the role of CIO,…

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