Timothy B. Lee joins Washington Post

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Timothy B. Lee, the Philadelphia resident and libertarian-oriented economic thinker who has written about technology issues for Ars Technica and Forbes and has been an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, has apparently joined the Washington Post in a full-time role, according to his twitter feed.

He will be moving to Washington, and his new position will require that he end his 10 year relationship with the Cato Institute, he tweets.

Lee has a masters degree in Computer Science from Princeton. He is an often provocative thinker who goes against the grain of orthodoxy, and it will be interesting to see what he contributes at the Post.

Why couldn't the Inquirer have made an effort to keep him in Philly, I wonder? (Needn't ask.)


Veeva Systems holds Global Customer Summit in Philadelphia

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Veeva Systems, the Pleasanton, CA-based Cloud CRM and CMS vendor to the Life Sciences and Pharma industries, held its Global Customer Summit earlier this week with over 700 attendees from 100 companies at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Veeva, a company founded only in 2007 and about which I would guess few outside of its niche markets and perhaps the Salesforce.com universe (its CRM runs on the Force.com platform) knew much until recent months, has been put on the map due to widespread reports that it is planning an IPO that could take place as soon as the third quarter, and has already lined up its lead bankers for the deal. (See my posts California-based Cloud Pharma CRM & CMS vendor Veeva Systems, with sales & marketing based in Radnor, may seek IPO and Reuters: Veeva Systems, with significant Radnor presence, taking more steps towards IPO ). While Veeva has not confirmed the most recent reports, neither has it denied them.

Veeva held its Customer Summit in Philadelphia this year, as it has in the past, partly due to the large concentration of Life Sciences customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and also because of the location of Veeva's US customer service, sales and marketing in Radnor. The event gave Veeva the opportunity to make some significant new product announcements:

Introduced Veeva Network, a cloud-based customer data and master data management (MDM) solution.

A new mobile CRM and CLM (Closed Loop Marketing) solution for Windows 8. The same apps had been available on the iPad since 2011.

Veeva also announced that two major healthcare advertising agencies had committed to developing content for Veeva's new, approved (for regulatory purposes) email app that allows Pharma salesforces to communicate directly with physicians via their tablets.

In addressing the summit, Veeva’s CEO, Peter Gassner, presented some key company milestones. He said in the last 5 ½ years (essentially since the company's founding), Veeva’s user base has grown to 100,000 users in 75 countries and the company currently has 500 employees, and is still growing at 100% per year.

Veeva Systems had around $120 million in revenue last year and is profitable, according to reports. It accomplished this with only $7 million in venture capital - $4 million of it institutional (from Emergence Capital) and $3 million in angel funding. Veeva told me in March it had 50 to 60 employees in the Philadelphia area.


Daily Links 5/10/2013: Universal Display's ups & downs

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Mostly bark, little bite in SAP's cloud offerings
A move to full-blown cloud services could decimate its business, so SAP focuses on window dressing

SAP debuts Lumira; self-service business intelligence (ZDNet)

SAP expands reach of app store, looks to improve reviews (PC World)

Today is my last day at Gartner (Enterprise Irregulars)
Thomas Otter joins SuccessFactors.

Unisys Unveils Comprehensive Suite of Desktop Virtualization Solutions (PR Newswire)

PANL Slips: Q1 Rev Beats, EPS In Line, Affirms Year View (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)
PANL (Universal Display) is based in Ewing, NJ.

PANL: Bulls Cheer ‘Green’ Prospects, Bears Fear ‘Red’ Prices (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Report: Comcast No. 1 for hosted business VoIP service (CED Magazine)