Peter Berghammer

David Thomas, CEO at Evident, is an accomplished cybersecurity entrepreneur. He has a history of introducing innovative technologies, establishing them in the market, and driving growth – with each early-stage company emerging as the market leader.

What’s clear by now is that most taxpayers should have received their rebate checks, as part of the economic stimulus package. What’s not is what impact the rebates will have on retail. The general consensus is that consumers will either bank their checks or use them to pay for everyday essentials, like food, gas and credit payments. In the past, recipients of government refunds or rebates have shown little appetite to park those payments in a savings account. There’s little hard evidence to support claims that consumers have changed their habits. U.S. citizens have a long and lousy record in the personal

As we enter the opening months of 2008, many CE retailers and manufacturers are taking a hard look at their product promotion budgets. A larger part of that budget is being aimed at product placement on movies and television programs, something that in the past had been too difficult or expensive for all but the tier-one bands. But the broad product range needed by the movie and television industries has lured retailers such as Macy’s and manufacturers such as Plantronics with premium product placements in prominent films such as “Mission Impossible” and TV series such as “America’s Next Superhero.” What CE retailers and

The Hollywood writer’s strike that began last month is a remarkable event in that its success or failure depends on both sides understanding the nature of digital content, especially its monetization. Unlike the writer’s strike nearly 20 years ago, this one is noteworthy because it’s rooted in the economics of digital media. While the earlier strike led to the widespread adoption of cable TV and the birth or reality shows, the stakes are much higher since it involves digital distribution, broadband and digitally packaged entertainment. Due to the cause of this strike—residual payments to writers once a show has been converted to DVD and

This is shaping up as a good year for venture capitalists. Not since 1999—what seems like an eternity before the Internet bubble burst in 2001—has the outlook been quite as positive for raising new capital. While funding for traditional business remains steady, the flurry of activity in the Web 2.0 sphere is extraordinary. Retailers and manufacturers should keep an eye on the investments being made in this space, since they could greatly affect the way you, your partners and your customers conduct business. The two areas that have seen the most action in 2006 and 2007 are social networking and advertising. Metadata handlers DoubleClick and

As first quarter numbers indicate, last year’s economic boom in China continues unabated. Analysts are now debating how China will handle such factors as inflation, trade imbalances and foreign currency reserves. They are also speculating what moves may be next to slow down the Chinese economy and prevent a hard landing. These moves reflect the importance of China’s integration within the world economy. China’s economic resurgence has widely been credited with helping the economies of Southeast Asian countries such as Japan, Vietnam, India and South Korea, rebound from prolonged doldrums. As seen by the recent drop in the Chinese stock markets and the sudden

The subprime lending crises and rising gas prices are sending alarms throughout the general markets. But before we lose our heads with worry over how those dynamics will affect the consumer electronics industry, it’s wise to keep a calm eye on some of the fundamental choices being made by the Federal Reserve. Those choices will deeply impact consumer sentiment through the next two quarters. Consumer sentiment has now moved into a six-month low driven by concerns over wage gains, rising prices and a mixed economic outlook for the remainder of the year. Driven in no small part by rising gasoline prices and an apparent

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