PowerTalk (general)

Welcome back to another edition of to PowerTalk. I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know.
 
Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrend Profits as well as past episodes of PowerTalk. Also check out FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.
 
The Internet of Things…much talk about how this is the next stage in the Internet…moving past smartphones, tablets, email and social media to some say the industrialization of the Internet…others call it the dawn of the Big Data industry….either way, more things – will soon be connected to the Internet and to you. With news coming out of Apple about its new HomeKit offering as well as Google not only buying Nest, but making a greater push for its Android ecosystem, we wanted to go behind the scenes and in the know.
 
Joining us on PowerTalk today to discuss this is Liat Ben-Zur, Chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance. The AllSeen Alliance is the industry's broadest open-source Internet of Things project. It was created by the Linux Foundation and in less than five months has grown to 44 members, including LG, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Haier, Sharp, AT&T Digital Life, Cisco and others.
 
Liat compares the Internet of Things with the early days of mobile and mobile technology, which today is nearly ubiquitous. Coming up, you can hear the how’s and whys of that comparison as well as why Liat says the Internet of Things will lead to something called Mobile 3.0.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

Welcome to PowerTalk. I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know. 
 
Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrend Profits as well as past episodes of PowerTalk. Also check out FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.
 
One of the major shifts in how we communicate, network, stay in touch in one form or another has been social media. LinkedIn, Facebook, SnapChat, Whats App, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Mention, addvocate, Sway, Grabber and many more.
 
As we communicate and share more through these networks, and believe me each of them wants you to spend more and more of your time with them, there are pitfalls that you and companies need to be wary of. It’s not just fraud and impersonation, but phishing, malware, and viruses as well.
 
Joining us on PowerTalk to discuss this is Foster, the CEO of ZeroFox. I can tell you that I was re-thinking my use of social media after talking to Foster – wait until you hear what he and his team have shared with their clients. Once you do, you’ll quickly get why ZeroFox is growing and growing quickly.
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Job Creation and Obama Policy Disconnect with Liz Peek

Welcome to PowerTalk. I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know.

 

Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrend Profits as well as past episodes of PowerTalk. Also check out FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.

 

Once again we were presented with another Employment Report that is trying to tell us the economy and the jobs picture is getting better. You might think that if you simply relied on the headline, but if you did that you would miss what’s really going on.

 

Joining us on PowerTalk this week to cut through all the nonsense and us behind the scenes and in the know on this topic is Liz Peek, a columnist at for FoxNews.com and TheFiscalTimes. With more than 20 years on Wall Street most of them as top ranked research analyst, Liz knows what she’s doing when it comes to digging deep into data and making sense of the numbers.

 

And dig into it she does! Liz also ties together how the Obama administration is saying one thing about wanting to create jobs, but when you look at the administration’s policy efforts… that’s something different entirely.

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Limiting Your Freedom For Guilty Pleasures with Michelle Minton, Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow
Welcome to PowerTalk. I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know.

 

Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrend Profits as well as past episodes of PowerTalk. Also check out FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.

 
Joining us today on PowerTalk is Michelle Minton, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. I’m especially excited to talk with Michelle about her area of focus -- alcohol regulation, food and beverage regulation, Internet gambling and so on. Some call these sin stocks, but I call them Guilty Pleasures and they are a staple of my investment mosaic.
 

As Michelle points out, however, there are efforts afoot to curb one’s ability to buy an energy drinks, ban Big Gulps and even overturn state regulated internet gambling even though demand for these and other guilty pleasures runs high. Michelle pulls back the curtain on these campaigns, showing us what and who are behind this efforts to shape behavior and limit your choices.  Michelle doesn’t pull any punches and takes us behind the scenes and in the know, just the way I like it.

 

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Jeff Zwelling of Convertro and measuring the effectiveness of multi-media advertising

Welcome to PowerTalk. I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know. 

Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrend Profits as well as past episodes of PowerTalk. Also check out FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.

It used to be that advertising was in the newspaper, on the radio and of course on television. These days even though TV remains the Mack daddy of advertising, instead of seeing ads all over radio, magazines and newspapers, we’re finding them on the screens of your smartphone and tablet.

All sorts of companies are vying to get a hold of your eyeballs – car companies, financials companies, credit card companies, food companies, …you name it. That’s led Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and companies like Millennial Media and The Rubicon Project, and others to build businesses around helping companies reach consumers. 

But is it working? That’s the big question – are these companies seeing a return on their advertising investment or not?

Joining me on PowerTalk to discuss this and more is Jeff Zwelling, CEO and Co-founder of Convertro, a company that includes Intuit, Comcast, Digitas and many many others as customers. PowerTalks are always insightful and Jeff does a great job of cutting to the heart of things, but what caught my ear was which company’s platform is doing huge business for direct marketing companies.

 

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Peering into the Cloud with Jay Chapel, CEO of Ostrato

Welcome to PowerTalk.
 
I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know.
 
Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrend Profts as well as past episodes of PowerTalk Also check out FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.
 
The Cloud?
 
I know you and I have been hearing a lot about it. Companies from Microsoft (MSFT) to Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) with their One Drive, iCloud and Google Docs offerings as well as Amazon (AMZN), Salesforce (CRM), VMware (VWM) and others are involved. But what is the Cloud and what does it mean for you and corporate America?
 
In it’s simplest form the Cloud provides online resources of software, platforms, and infrastructure that are available “as-a-service” for users to consume. It’s changing how companies and other institutions not only think IT, but how they are utilizing and managing it. According to research firm IDC, public Cloud spending was $47 billion in 2013, and will double in less than 4 years to $107 billion.
 
Growth like that is bound to catch investor eyes, but understanding the various aspects and opportunities associated with the Cloud is key. That’s why we’re PowerTalking today with PowerTalk is Jay Chapel, CEO of Cloud Management Solution Company Ostrato.
 
As you’ll hear, despite all of the talk about the cloud over the last few years, Jay says we’re only in the first or second inning of what’s coming. Like any fast growing industry, there are pain points along the way and for some like Ostrato that means opportunity.

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Welcome to PowerTalk.

 

I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know.

 

Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrends and past PowerTalk conversations. Also visit FabianWealth.com to learn more about my Thematic Growth Portfolio.

 

Over the last year we’ve heard a lot of disturbing news about the growing pervasiveness of cyber attacks. While I’m sure you’ve heard of the incident at Target several months ago I can assure you that was far from the only attack and we can expect to hear much more about these kinds of attacks in the coming months and years.

 

It’s pain points like that one that make for a great business and we’ve seen cyber security stocks like KEYW Holding, FireEye, Palto Alto Networks and others pop as a result of the expected jump in demand. Not all companies are created equally and sometimes there can be a discrepancy in between the image and the product or service.

 

As a recent NSS report on showed, that’s what we have when it comes to Cisco’s cyber security business. I won’t spoil the details, but it’s safe to say you will want to hear what Jason Brvenik, Principal Engineer of the Security Business Group at Cisco Systems has to say about the growing threat of Cyber attacks and what this NSS report turned up. It’s not what you’re probably expecting.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

Welcome to PowerTalk. I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know. Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrends and past PowerTalk conversations. Also check out FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.

On the heels of another “just okay” Job Report from the Labor Department,  we’re joined by Lindsay Stanton, Chief Client Officer for the Job Search Television Network as well as www.Digi-Me.com to talk about why she’s upbeat when it comes to the outlook for jobs in the coming months.

As Lindsay tells us, there’s been a robust pick up in activity at staffing firms over the last few months as corporate America scrambles to fill jobs. From IT and financial services to truck drivers as the housing and construction markets start to rebound. Given the Fortune 1,000 client base that includes Macy’s, McDonald’s, USG, Bank of America and dozens and dozens of others, Lindsey truly takes us behind the scenes and in the know…and you’ll hear it first hand right after this.

 

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Housing and Real Estate with United Real Estate Chairman and CEO Dan Duffy

Welcome to another edition of PowerTalk! I’m your host Chris Versace, these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know.

Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on my newsletter PowerTrends and past PowerTalk conversations as we'll as FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.

 

Joining us this week is Dan Duffy, Chairman and CEO of United Real Estate and we’re talking not only about why Dan is bullish on the housing market over the next 12-18 months, but how he and the company are using technology to transform the consumer experience and drive costs down, which is good not only for the company and its customers but its agents as well.

 

With a strategy that is good for the customer and the agent, it’s no wonder that United Real Estate is growing by leaps and bounds in terms of markets served, number of agents, and transaction volume.

 

Even so, Chairman and CEO Dan Duffy says they’re just getting underway. Is Dan worried about the recent winter weather and it’s short term impact on the housing market – as you’ll soon hear, his answer is not at all.

 

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Welcome to another edition of PowerTalk
 
I’m your host Chris Versace, editor of the investment newsletter PowerTrend Profits. I’m also the  portfolio manager of the Thematic Growth Portfolio at Fabian Wealth Strategies, and these are my 1-1 conversations with the movers and shakers in the business world that take you behind the scenes and in the know. Be sure to check out ChrisVersace.com for more on PowerTrends and past editions of PowerTalk as we'll as FabianWealth.com for more on my Thematic Growth Portfolio.
 
Joining us this week is Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President of IBM’s Information and Analytics Group and we hit the ground running talking about Big Data. While many still think of IBM as a PC and cash register company, that couldn’t be further from the truth. 
 
As you’ll learn IBM has been transforming itself into a Big Data and Analytics powerhouse over the last few years and that investment is paying off. The combination of more than $24 billion invested to date to build IBM’s Bid Data capabilities through a combination of R&D initiatives and more than 30 acquisitions has led to better than 40,000 service engagements for IBM. 
 
The growth in Big Data recently led to IBM upsizing its 2015 revenue target to $20 billion. The original target was $16 billion, but IBM hit that in 2013. That should give you an idea of how fast Big Data is growing and how IBM is performing. 
 
If that’s not enough, what until you hear what Bob has to say…
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