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What to Think, Ep. 39: File-sharing frenemies

It’s interesting to watch executives compliment their competitors — because it always seems unbelievable. In the past week, that quirky behavior has played out left and right, before and after cloud file-sharing company Box’s initial public offering.

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What Box’s IPO means for the company and its competitors

Cloud file-sharing company Box, one of the original cloud software startups, will enjoy a great deal of press attention and a financial booster shot this week when it goes public. But the significance of the spectacle will ripple well beyond company headquarters in Los Altos, Calif.

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What to do when a VC says no

You need to be emotionally prepared. This wasn’t my first startup, so I was braced for rejection and for not getting my way immediately. You need to expect this, and to not take it personally.

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Microsoft finally killed cloud storage. What’s next?

It’s exciting that we can finally lay the cloud-storage market to rest and embark on more evolved, full-bodied solutions in the cloud that can bring real value to businesses. As the saying goes, “As one life ends, another one begins.”

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Why Silicon Valley needs to follow Richard Branson's lead

What Branson has figured out — and other CEOs should acknowledge — is that if your company is growing, your culture is working. If your company is stagnating, tweak the culture.

Five trends that will dominate the “cloud” in 2012

2011 has been an exciting year for the cloud. Companies are starting to accept the idea of using internet-based services instead of servers they control themselves. That in turn has driven a push to make the technologies more mature — and the tech companies making those technologies are growing up too.

iPads in the enterprise: CEO ego is driving adoption

iPads have taken over the boardroom, and corporate CEOs and their egos are to thank for the somewhat surprising trend. At least, that’s the consensus among a panel of cloud computing and enterprise experts who gathered to discuss the reality and implications of mobile devices infiltrating the office.