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Theranos Update: “Celebrity” Boards And Their Negative Impact On American Business

June 16, 2016

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When I read the following excerpt of Michael Fertik’s post Elizabeth Holmes and the Burden of (Social) Proof, the name Conrad Black immediately came to mind: “Holmes did what many entrepreneurs do, often with positive effect: brought together smart, known people to build the board and leadership team. She surrounded herself with an original board configuration […]

I Have Waited Nearly 10 Years For This To Happen . . . The Santa Clara Story

June 15, 2016

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The County of Santa Clara has successfully implemented their eProcurement initiative by transcending the functional silos that have traditionally limited procurement’s effectiveness and influence in the past. In short, and for the first time since I began covering Virginia’s eVA initiative back in 2007, I can say with great confidence that there is now another […]

Wall Street Journal: SciQuest Agrees to Be Taken Private by Accel-KKR

June 8, 2016

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“There are no discussions with Oracle, there are no discussions with IBM, there are no discussions with . . . anyone wanna pick a name . . . there are no discussions, there’s nobody.” – Stephen Wiehe, SciQuest CEO July 2015 (SciQuest Q2 Scoop Session Audio Excerpt) As you read the above words, and listen […]

Lawsuit Update: A Campaign For Truth

March 21, 2016

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A large, publicly traded company in the United States claiming libel, has sued me for $3.5 million US dollars in alleged damages. While I am confident that I will probably win the libel case, their action was filed in Ontario. Due to the vagaries of the differences in law in different jurisdictions, having the matter […]

The $85 Million Manitoba Hydro Contract Controversy: A Case Of Looking For Phantom Monsters Under The Bed?

March 1, 2016

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Earlier today, an old friend from Winnipeg posted a CBC News article on Facebook titled “$85M contract with Manitoba Hydro was not tendered” with the sub-title “Manitoba Hydro says contract was justified, but won’t say why for competitive reasons.” Based on a cursory view of the above headline, one might be inclined to jump to […]

If Coupa goes public, will it ruin the company? by Jon Hansen

November 11, 2015

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YES! I just wanted to remove the mystery or any possible doubt surrounding what my answer would be to the question “if Coupa goes public, will it ruin the company?” By the way, what prompted the question (and this post), was a very recent  Bloomberg interview with Coupa CEO Rob Bernshteyn. By the way – and I […]

Despite early challenges, Bravo appears on track to make Ontario initiative a success by Jon Hansen

November 10, 2015

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For those of you who followed my coverage of BravoSolution this past summer, you will know that information sources provided a detailed (and graphic) picture of an initiative that looked to be in trouble. Specifically, Bravo’s challenges in terms of its platform gaining traction within the Ontario Government. To their credit, rather than ducking the tough […]