Monthly Archives: August 2009

Being too early to market

Startups have a singular focus on getting their product to market as quickly as possible. Given that focus, you’d think that the primary mode of failure for a startup would be being too late to market, but it’s actually hard … Continue reading

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Four Steps to the Epiphany

There’s a book on how to bring a product to market that is almost a samizdat document in the marketing world. It’s a privately published book originally intended to accompany a course at Berkeley and Stanford. It’s not the most … Continue reading

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Value propositions

I spent some time earlier this week giving someone a bit of free consulting about value propositions in EDA. If you take the high-level view then there seem to be three main value propositions in EDA: optimization, productivity and price. … Continue reading

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Friday puzzle: rainfall records

Last week’s puzzle was the toenail cancer test. The correct answer is that your chance of having toenail cancer is just under 1.9% obtained as follows. Of 20,000 people, 20 have toenail cancer (1 in 1000). Of those 20, 19 … Continue reading

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Where does everyone come from?

Where does all the brainpower that drives Silicon Valley come from? The answer, by and large, is not from round here. A good analogy I saw recently was with Hollywood. Where do all those pretty young actresses come from? By … Continue reading

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DAC attendance

Kevin Morris does a great job of dissecting the DAC attendance numbers. Since he has his FPGA hat on while doing this, one of the points he emphasizes is that most people doing electronic design are doing FPGA+software systems and … Continue reading

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Integration and differentiation

EDA acquisitions are very tricky to manage in most cases. This is because most acquisitions are acquiring two things: a business and a technology. In the long run the technology is usually the most important aspect of the acquisition but … Continue reading

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Guest blog: Jay Vleeschhouwer

I’ve known Jay Vleeschhouwer since my early days at Cadence since I somehow ended up with the role of being the technical contact for financial and industry analysts. He has been a research analyst since 1980, has been following the … Continue reading

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Managing your boss

There are shelves of management books about how to manage people that work for you. I don’t know of any management books about another very important skill: how to manage your boss. Or, if you are CEO, how to manage … Continue reading

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Friday puzzle: toenail cancer

Last week you were asked about an ordering of numbers from 0 to 100. The answer is that they were in alphabetical order, starting with “eight,” “eighteen” and ending with “two,” “zero.” Don’t worry if you didn’t get it or … Continue reading

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