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New York Times: Is HTML5 hitting the wall? →
Many people are rightfully dissatisfied with the slow performance of Facebook’s HTML5-based mobile app. Though the NYT doesn’t jump to any conclusions, it’s a short step to cite this as evidence that HTML5 is not ready for primetime. Well, apps like LinkedIn and Twitter are written in HTML5, and apparently better engineered, because they are blazing fast. So I expect this...
Kii Capital Supports Startup Weekend Berlin →
kiicapital: we’re proud to announce our support and participation in the Startup Weekend Berlin, after previous appearances at the Tokyo and the inaugurational Taipei edition of this event series. The event will take place on May 4-6. I am going to be a Mentor and a Judge. http://berlin.startupweekend.org
Android Only a Stopgap for Google
I am an Android and I am a Chrome(book) user, among others. Given the way Chrome has developed over the last years, I strongly believe Google’s Chrome (and HTML5) will ultimately replace Google’s own, popular Android (a native OS), making Android more of a stopgap rather than a longterm strategy for Google. I have written before why App Developers like HTML5 compared to native OSs. ...
Kii Capital: KeepSafe raises $700K from Asset... →
kiicapital: KeepSafe Software, Inc. (www.getkeepsafe.com), maker of privacy software for mobile devices, announces today its first financing round. Asset Management (www.assetman.com) together with Kii Capital (www.kii.vc) invest $700,000 in an equity seed round. Rich Simoni (Asset…
Silicon Valley Elsewhere?
Again and again I am confronted with the idea to create another Silicon Valley elsewhere, be it in my native Germany or here in Taipei where I am attending tomorrow’s Startup Labs Demo Day. Is it possible? The short answer is: No. But there’s hope. So bear with me. Let me first discuss my impressions why I think the Valley is so different than any other place, from a personal...
The HTML5 Disruption Guide for Equity Investors
In my last post I spoke why developers like HTML5. Today I want to share some quick thoughts about which companies are stand to benefit from HTML5’s predicted disruption to the mobile industry, and which ones aren’t: Native OS Owners: LOOSE because it bypasses their control points like the app store approval and rev share arrangements: Microsoft Apple Google (Android) Web...
Kii Capital: Kii Capital Invests in Push-To-Talk... →
kiicapital: Kii Capital is leading a seed round of investment into push-to-talk app maker Sounder, Inc of San Francisco, which closed today. This coincides with a massive round raised by Voxer, underlining the importance of person-to-person communication space and the role push-to-talk technology…
HTML5 is Developer's Darling
In follow up to my post on the mobile OS wars last week I want to share some more thoughts on HTML5. This is likely to be a redundant stance among many opinion leaders in the Valley, when every day another supportive report is coming out, but nevertheless I think I can weigh in and provide a view additional points to help people evaluate the chances and speed of adoption. Last week I argued...
The War of the Mobile OSs - and Does It Matter?
Last week I was invited to speak in London in front of a group of investment managers who specialize on tech stock, and the predominant question in the room was whether there was a chance for Nokia and Microsoft to establish a viable third app ecosystem. Of course, the mobile OS battles have been waging for some 4 years now, ever since the iphone disrupted the mobile industry and Android emerged...