MasterCard & Syniverse Join Forces to Make Traveling Abroad Easier

February 27, 2014 by Lisa Oshima | Enterprise, Review
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This week at Mobile World Congress, MasterCard (NYSE:MA) and Syniverse announced that they are collaborating to provide several new mobile and payment services to that will benefit mobile users that travel abroad. (more…)

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Great Speakers at Mobile Summit & Appcelerate (and Discounts Here!)

October 9, 2012 by Lisa Oshima | Developers, Enterprise, Events, Mobile, Monetization
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Open Mobile Summit and Appcelerate are coming up on November 7-9 in San Francisco (see below for discounts).  This is historically a great show jam packed full of talks from executive level leaders across the mobile internet economy. This year’s agenda is packed with outstanding executive level speakers!

What makes Open Mobile Summit different than other mobile shows is its focus on bringing together executive leadership from across the ecosystem:

  • Handset OEMs, PC and consumer electronics manufacturers
  • Media, publishing and TV
  • Mobile operators and service providers
  • App publishers
  • Internet and e-commerce companies
  • Mobile software companies
  • Advertising agency executives and marketers
  • Enterprise IT , retailers and brands
  • Venture capital and private equity

On Day 1, (more…)

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Will Enterprise Be the Game Changer for HTML5 and Tablet Apps?

September 27, 2011 by Lisa Oshima | Enterprise, Mobile
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I’m at the second day of GigaOm’s Mobilize 2011, listening to the “Will Enterprise be the Game Changer for HTML5 and Tablet Apps” Panel with moderator Nathan Clevinger, Chief Software Architect, ITR Mobility. The panelists are:

  • Santiago Becerra – Co-Founder and CEO, MeLLmo
  • Adam Blum – CEO, Rhomobile
  • Chris Kemmerer – Director, Mobility SOlutions, Verizon
  • Sean Whiteley – SVP,

Here are my live notes… The conversation kicked off with a discussion on the consumerization of IT… (more…)

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11 Lessons For the Mobile Industry from GigaOm

September 26, 2011 by Lisa Oshima | Developers, Enterprise, Mobile, Review
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Today GigaOM launched a report entitled, “The future of mobile: a segment analysis.”  Among many other things, the report summarizes 11 critical lessons learned by the mobile industry, many of which I discussed in my recent post: “Waging the Mobile Patent War and the Future of Mobile Innovation…”

  1. “Avoid channel conflict” There have been several examples over the years of mobile companies struggling to make/maintain meaningful partnerships because they’re playing both sides of mobile – hardware and software. As GigaOM points out, Nokia had difficulty getting other OEMs to adopt Symbian because it had a head start on developing hardware for it. Google may have the same issue now that it’s acquired Motorola Mobility.  I talked about this one a lot in the above mentioned post. (more…)

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Sign up Now for Developer Pitch Sessions at CTIA!

January 18, 2011 by Lisa Oshima | Advertising, Developers, Enterprise, Events, Financing, Mobile, Monetization
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Open Mobile Solutions (one of the companies I advise) is looking for mobile app developers and panelists for its Developer Pitch Sessions at CTIA in March.  The last Developer Pitch Sessions at CTIA was really good.  This year is sure to be even better.  The sessions are as follows: (more…)

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Having trouble working from “work”? Tips for staying productive in the office when you can’t WFH.

March 5, 2010 by Lisa Oshima | Consulting, Enterprise
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postit businessmanWhen I’m not in client meetings or on the road, I am usually working from my home office.  Friends and colleagues regularly ask whether I get lonely or distracted working from home, and my answer is always  “no.”   They often say things like, “I don’t think I could work from home…” “I’d get lonely…” “There are too many distractions at home…” etc.  Feeling lonely is a rarity since I’m in meetings and/or phone calls every day.  As for distractions go, in my experience there are way more distractions in an traditional workplace environment then a home office… (more…)

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Could The World’s Biggest Publishers Bring Down Google?

November 9, 2009 by Lisa Oshima | Advertising, Enterprise, Monetization, Social Media
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There’s an interesting debate afoot… Could News Corporation (Newscorp) trump Google by preventing them from indexing their various sites including Wall Street Journal, or would this bring down Newscorp by making its content less discoverable?  What would happen if the world’s biggest publishers joined forces together against Google and sold the ability to index their content to the highest bidder?  What would this mean for the Internet and profitability of the web’s biggest publishers? (more…)

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Dell Made $3M Using Twitter, and So Can You. How to Justify a Significant Investment in Social Media.

June 12, 2009 by Lisa Oshima | Enterprise, Monetization, Research, Social Media
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Having trouble convincing your organization to invest in social media?  You’re not the only one.  Many of my prospective clients are in the same boat.  They understand that social media can be used to help their organization grow and manage customer perception, but unable to estimate a realistic return on investment grounded in a real-life case study, they have trouble rationalizing a significant investment in social media.  Unfortunately, there aren’t enough companies that measure AND talk openly about the dollar-value ROI of their social media investment.

One company that is talking openly about their social media ROI is Dell, who today announced that since June of 2007, they’ve earned more than $3 Million in revenue via Twitter alone.  (more…)

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The Pulse Smartpen from Livescribe: New features & more

May 5, 2009 by Lisa Oshima | Developers, Enterprise, Mobile, Review
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pulse_paperI’m a big fan of the Pulse Smartpen from Livescribe.  If you’re unfamiliar with this work of genius, it’s a computer in a pen.  It allows you to record what’s being said as you take notes and links the two together, which makes it much easier to listen to everything someone is saying rather than struggling to write it down in your notes as they’re saying it. (more…)

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How to hire a great consultant in a bad economy… Buyer beware!

May 4, 2009 by Lisa Oshima | Consulting, Enterprise
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In a deflated economy, the number of people calling themselves “consultants” is on the rise.  Plenty of job seekers are “consulting” while trying to find a full-time, “permanent” role.  Taking on an interim consulting project is a good option if you’re trying to pay the bills while looking for full-time jobs, but consulting isn’t for everyone.  If you’re looking for a consultant to complete a project, in times like this, it’s buyer beware. The kind of people that make great employees don’t always make great consultants.  Doing your due diligence before hiring a consultant is critical. (more…)

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