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Keeping up with the Joneses in Silicon Valley

Everyone seems to want in on the ‘build a new HQ’ bandwagon. Is it time to buy a Silicon Valley construction company?

Samsung:

New Samsung HQ in San Jose

New Samsung HQ in San Jose

Google:

New Googleplex

New Googleplex

Nvidia:

NVIDIA's new HQ

NVIDIA’s new HQ

Facebook:

Facebook's new HQ

Facebook’s new HQ

and of course…”One Ring to Bring Them All And In The Darkness Bind Them

Apple's spaceship HQ

Apple’s new HQ

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Does It Pay to Become an Entrepreneur?

Intriguing article by Dave Girouard – 

In short, the study found that the mean, median, and standard deviation of incomes for entrepreneurs ― controlled for education, general ability (as measured by standardized test scores), and demographics (including age and parental income) ― tended to be higher than those for good old-fashioned employees.

Gigaom

Mobile phone makers collectively will ship a whopping billion smartphones a year by 2016, according to NPD Group’s DisplaySearch group. In comparison, the total number of smartphones shipped will be around 567 million, the research group says. These shipment numbers include new and replacement devices. With a billion devices, I wonder if there will be such a thing as a feature phone by 2016? The impact of those shipments is going to be profound on everything from the chip business, to sensors, to the amount of data we create and bandwidth we consume. I can only imagine how a billion computers in our hand will transform societies.

By the way, a big chunk of those shipments will come from Apple (a AAPL), which is slotted to introduce a new iPhone model later today.   Apple sold about 140 million iPhones in 2010 and 2011. DisplaySearch expects a newer higher resolution…

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