Howard Anderson

Anderson is senior managing director of Yankeetek, a Cambridge, Mass., venture incubator. He is also founder of The Yankee Group and the William Porter Distinguished Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Test Tube Companies

Quick question: who is the major funder of new technology in communications?

Cable karma and Comcast

Twenty five years ago, when I was running The Yankee Group and had just co-founded Battery Ventures, I would take perverse joy in getting one industry into the pants of another. Mischief City!

10 reasons why Motorola failed

Warren Buffet once said that when a manager with a great turnaround reputation encounters a company with a reputation for dysfunctionality, it is the company that will keep its reputation.

Tech Valentines from Hell

An errant Valentine Mail Server inadvertently forwarded me a bunch of Valentines for other people. Given your quirky nature, I thought I would share.

Google vs the telcos: the new industry Food Fight

There is nothing we industry pundits love more than a good food fight. Cisco vs. Lucent. Google vs. Microsoft! Intel vs. AMD! Cable vs. Satellite! SAP vs. Oracle! But the Fight of The Future is what is going to happen on your cellular...

3Com joins the list of one-generation companies

It was with some degree of sadness that I saw 3Com sold to Bain Capital and Huawei. But it got me wondering why we see so many one-generation companies.

The life of a CIO: It’s not pretty

Want one of the worst jobs in American industry? Try chief information officer, a job with a lofty title and plenty of landmines, almost all of them more related to Machiavelli than technology.

Wireless metro service providers: back from the dead

About 13 years ago, we at Battery Ventures invested in a company called General Wireless, a company with no assets, no customers and one tough CEO, Roger Lindquist.

A cynic rips open source

I chaired an interesting meeting the other day. It was me against senior executives of Cisco, Agilent Technologies and Novell.

Siemens: Sun never sets on white-collar crime

Perhaps cynicism was what you felt when you read that Siemens management had uncovered more than $500 million in "suspicious transactions" -- all related to seven years of winning contracts in the wireline world.

Medicine: The next big thing

So I invited the honchos of Boston medicine over to my house to hear Kessler. These are the people who run the establishment, whose credentials are irrefutable, who have made their careers and their hospitals fortresses. At first,...

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