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John Backus

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Obamacare's Silver Lining

(7) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Most agree that big changes are coming to your health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as "Obamacare." But the best, unintended consequence of the ACA is quietly brewing right now: over the next ten years, a robust, competitive, cash-based marketplace for...

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Reclaiming Your Online Privacy

(17) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 3:06 PM

Face it. Everything you do online is visible to someone and can be used without your approval or agreement. You leave details of your online activity in your browser, on your desktop, in your smartphone. All the while, companies, your employer, advertisers and the government are picking up those traces,...

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Serendipity, Not Search, Finds Top Apps

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 1:08 PM

Much has been written about the explosive growth of smartphones and tablets, but apps are what make them useful and are driving their adoption. IDC estimates mobile app downloads will reach nearly 182.7 billion in 2015. There are now nearly one million apps, mostly for Apple...

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Retail Reinvented, Again

(32) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 11:14 AM

The 2011 holiday shopping season saw a 15 percent increase in online sales, up to $35.3 billion, according to Comscore, but consumer electronics retail bellweather Best Buy reported a one percent decline in holiday sales. What is going on? Pretty simple -- we are in the...

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The Future of 'Television'

(9) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 12:19 PM

Have you looked at your cable bill lately? Mine is $240 a month. Ok, take out $40 for Internet service and $30 for phone service, and I am paying $170 for television in three rooms, with all of the attendant cable box rentals, DVR fees etc. For what? How many...

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A Tech Bubble, Boom or Bust?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Not a day goes by without another doomsday prediction for technology companies and investors.

The sky is falling! The tech bubble is about to burst! Get out while you can!

Comparisons to Nasdaq's 5046 March 2000 peak -- and subsequent crash to below 2000 -- rule the day.

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Why Entrepreneurs and Obama Should Care About Capital Gains Taxes

(28) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 9:30 AM

I had the privilege last week of interviewing Steve Case, on stage, in a sold-out, standing room only event hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Steve has been active lately as an angel investor through Revolution Ventures, as a late stage investor through Revolution...

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Six Ways to Build a Business: Go Big or Go Home and Do It

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Build your small business around a successful big business and your odds of success are high.

Not a week goes by when an entrepreneur pitching me to land venture capital funding tells me that they are going to be the next Google, Facebook and Apple. As a venture capitalist,...

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Apple After Steve Jobs: The Perfect Case Study for Entrepreneurs

(6) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 2:36 PM

As a VC, I felt compelled to write my first blog for Huffington Post inspired by one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time: Steve Jobs.

He was a brilliant inventor. His creations left an indelible mark on the world. And he left some important lessons to entrepreneurs on how...

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