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HumairAhmed.com – Weekly Blogs on Networking, Technology, and Silicon Valley

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Silicon ValleyI started blogging about everything Tech related back in 2008 when I moved to the Silicon Valley area (an interesting story I will write about later), because I loved technology and wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with others and that really was the main and only driver; you can look at at the archives on my site starting in 2008. (more…)

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Minecraft for $2.5 Billion – Yes, ‘the App’ is King

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

I’m still not completely over the shock from last November when I learned Microsoft had bought Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion dollars. Let me repeat that: “$2.5 BILLION”; you heard right. Markus Persson, the 35 year-old original and main developer with 71% stake in Mojang became an instant billionaire and a member of the Forbes World’s Billionaire list overnight. That’s right, Markus Persson is now #1415 with an estimated worth of $1.3 Billion according to Forbes. (more…)

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Security, Art of Hacking, & the Worst 2014 Security Breaches

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Hacked TargetSecurity is hot; no doubt about it. Consider the fact that between 2011 and 2013, venture investors put nearly $3 billion into cyber security companies, resulting in new funding for some 300 firms (Source: Thomson Reuters). Worldwide security software revenue alone totaled $19.9 billion in 2013, a 4.9 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $19.0 billion (Source: Gartner). According to Gartner, global cybersecurity spending is to reach $76.9 billion in 2015 and $80 billion in 2016; in 2011 it stood at $55 billion. (more…)

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Market Cannibalization, Innovation, and Consumer Demand

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Apple iPads, iPhones, and MP3 player
At MacWorld 2007, for the iPhone Keynote, Steve Jobs famously stated, “It’s the best iPod we’ve ever made.” In Q4 2006, iPod units sold stood at 8.73 million. In Q4 2014, iPods units sold were 2.64 million while iPhone and iPad units sold stood at 39.27 million and 12.32 million units respectively. (Source: Apple) (more…)

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MariaDB and the Future of MySQL

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


As you may know by now, since the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle in 2009 for $7.4 billion, there has been some uncertainty in the industry on the future of MySQL which Sun Microsystems itself acquired for $1 billion in 2008. Even as Oracle professed to provide the same level of support and development effort for the future of MySQL, many within the open source community remained pessimistic. One such pessimist was the father of MySQL, Michael “Monty” Widenius, who forked the MySQL code the day the Sun Microsystems acquisition was announced. (more…)

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TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe 2013 Recap and Winners

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe 2013

TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe 2013

At TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe in Berlin (Oct 25 – 27, 2013), coders, hackers, engineers, and designers from multiple countries spent the last 24 hours to build the best product possible. Top price was $5000 with many other sponsored prizes [tablets, vouchers/certificates, trips (flights/accommodations), cash] also handed out by the following companies: Crunchbase, Foarsquare, Lufthansa, Mashery, PayMill, Zalando, Weather Underground, Xing Yammer. (more…)

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OUYA: The ‘Open’ Video Game Console for Users and Developers

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

OUYA Game Console

OUYA Game Console


Amazingly, OUYA, the open video game console platform raised $8,596,474 in funds on KickStarter. OUYA is based on the Android 4.0 operating system. The idea is to create a low cost console (currently $99) available for consumers that also allows developers to publish their Android games/apps to OUYA without requiring the purchase of an expensive SDK and paying licensing, retail, and publishing fees. Anyone is free to develop and publish games that can be easily downloaded and tried for free; if the user likes the app or game, he/she may purchase the full version. It’s actually quite innovative in the sense that the traditional closed living room gaming experience is now open to any developer without the traditional costs associated with developing games for known platforms like Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox, or Sony Playstation. (more…)

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IT Certifications, Innovation, and Career Growth – Making the Right Decisions

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

IT Certifications
I often get asked, “What certification should I get next?” There is no right way to answer this question without a deeper analysis of why a certification is being sought in the first place. I’ll focus specifically on IT certifications and direct this article more towards technologists/engineers/tech entrepreneurs. In my opinion, there are too many IT certification hoarders jumping from one certification to the next; I have some friends who definitely fall in this category. I also have my share of certifications as well (Cisco, VMware, etc.), although by no means is IT certifications my first priority or even my second priority. These days it seems like just about every vendor and third party is coming out with some sort of certification and cashing-in on this ‘IT certification’ phenomena. So, do IT certifications really help and should you invest the time and money to get one? (more…)

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Is Life and Work Like a Big Game of Chess?

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Chess is fascinating. I always tell people it reminds me of real life in the way of developing a strategy, reading your competition and thinking several steps ahead of them, and of course battling it out for that final checkmate. Chess is believed to have originated around 600 AD in what is now Afghanistan or India and indeed was much based on warfare where what we today call the pawn, knight, bishop, and rook represented the four divisions of the military: infantry, cavalry, elephantry, and chariotry. (more…)

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Investing Into Entrepreneurs More than Ideas/Products?

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

StartupI’ve seen it many, many times where investor(s) invest into an idea because they have some belief in the idea/product but more belief in the entrepreneur(s) behind it. This isn’t to say that investors/angels just throw money down on worthless ideas/products simply because of the person behind it. Rather, it’s the person/entrepreneur behind the pitch that can make or break a deal. Obviously, numbers are very important: market size, sales, profits, debt, customer base, etc. However, many times, a venture can be very early in its lifecycle or the numbers can be good but assurance is needed in the individual calling the shots and steering the ship on its course to expansion and financial success. (more…)

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