11 Jan 2014

DVN Limited Announces Appointment of Erik Prince as Chairman

An interesting alignment that will be worth watching in the region. It would appear China is looking to leverage Mr. Prince’s Blackwater experience in support of their Africa endeavors. “Over the past five years, China has become the principal foreign investor in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to contribute at

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03 Jan 2014

Making Sense of Mandiant’s Billion Dollar Valuation

The IT security market is popping Champaign corks today in celebration of the tremendous valuation placed on Mandiant. According to the New York Times, FireEye has agreed to pay $1 Billion in cash, stock and options for the Alexandria, VA, based Mandiant. This is a 10x revenue valuation based on

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08 Jul 2013

Activity-Based Intelligence Uses Metadata to Map Adversary Networks

“Few outside the intelligence community had heard of activity-based intelligence until December, when the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency awarded BAE Systems $60 million to develop products based on this newish methodology. But ABI, which focuses not on specific targets but on events, movements and transactions in a given area, is

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12 Jun 2013

Gartner Says Worldwide Security Market to Grow 8.7 Percent in 2013

“As companies continue to expand the technologies they use to improve their overall security, the worldwide security technology and services market is forecast to reach $67.2 billion in 2013, up 8.7 percent from $61.8 billion in 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. The market is expected to grow to more than

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09 May 2013

FRED WILSON: Here’s Why I’m Investing In Bitcoin

“The short explanation: ‘We believe that Bitcoin represents something fundamental and powerful, an open and distributed Internet peer to peer protocol for transferring purchasing power. It reminds us of SMTP, HTTP, RSS, and BitTorrent in its architecture and openness.’” Source:FRED WILSON: Here’s Why I’m Investing In Bitcoin – Business Insider

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08 Jan 2013

Bitcoin: Today and Tomorrow

Introduction: What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is the world’s first digitally traded open source currency. The use of Bitcoins have grown slowly and steadily since the program was first released in early 2009. The creator of Bitcoin uses the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto to avoid publicity and has allowed international project leaders

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08 Jan 2013

Barrick ends talks to sell African unit to Chinese buyer

“Since being listed, African Barrick has lagged expectations, suffering setbacks ranging from villagers armed with machetes invading a mine to power woes and fuel thefts. Analyst Dmitry Kalachev at brokerage Canaccord said African Barrick’s review of its operations was needed. Since the company’s IPO, ‘they’ve never actually met their production

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03 Jan 2013

Al Jazeera buys Al Gore’s Current TV

“The Arab television network Al Jazeera said Wednesday it has acquired Current TV, the U.S. network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. The buy will give the network — headquartered in Doha, Qatar — greater access to the U.S. market.” Source:Al Jazeera buys Al Gore’s Current TV –

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22 Nov 2012

What Killed Michael Porter’s Monitor Group? The One Force That Really Matters

“What killed the Monitor Group, the consulting firm co-founded by the legendary business guru, Michael Porter? In November 2012, Monitor was unable to pay its bills and was forced to file for bankruptcy protection. Why didn’t the highly paid consultants of Monitor use Porter’s famous five-force analysis to save themselves?”

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22 Nov 2012

Prince of Blackwater heads to Africa

“Erik Prince, who made a fortune in Iraq thanks to his politically connected and controversial Blackwater military contractor, is leading a group of Chinese investors on a hunt for natural resources and investment opportunities in Africa.” Source:Prince of Blackwater heads to Africa – CSMonitor.com

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