5 Technology Observations to Start Your Day, Nov 19

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. I hope you never tire of that opening line. Here are five technology news nuggets, insights, gossip and observations to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

Actually, today's list involves seven updates...

7. Encryption Debate: If you're in the IT security market, I trust that you're closely tracking the encryption debate involving Apple and Google vs. the U.S. Dept. of Justice. As Apple iOS and Google Android gain encryption capabilities, the government claims investigators will have a more difficult time tracking down and prosecuting criminals. The situation involved heated discussions between Apple and the Justice Department last month, according to The Wall Street Journal. Now, Facebook is jumping in by encrypting WhatsApp texts that travel between Android phones. Moreover, Facebook won't be able to to decrypt the contents for law enforcement... Terrorists might be celebrating. But so, too, are privacy rights activists who believe the U.S. government and the NSA have pushed too far in their Big Brother data gathering and monitoring efforts.

6. Big Twitter Data: You can now search every tweet ever sent. If you're searching my archive of about 2,600 tweets let me offer this blanket set of responses to what you find:

  • For those I irritated: "I stand by the story."
  • For those I impressed.: "No need to thank me. It's my job."

5. Getting the Message, And The Money: Kik, a mobile messaging app, has raised $38 million to battle Snapchat and Tango. I wonder... how soon will Kik deliver an Apple Watch app?

4. WatchKit: Speaking of Apple Watch, the highly anticipated WatchKit SDK (software development kit) arrived yesterday. If you extended or built your business in the smartphone or tablet app markets, I'm curious to see whether you extend into the Apple Watch and wearable market. Early WatchKit SDK testers include ESPN, Instagram and American Airlines -- each of which are developing alert-type apps (sports scores, instant messaging, travel reminders) for Apple Watch. 

3. Do You Love What You Do?: If not, get your house in order and start loving what you do in 2015. Just sayin'.

2. Raising Money: Want to get money from an angel investor or a bank? Only about 22 percent of startups seeking angel funding actually get their hands on the money, according to the Center for Venture Research (PDF). Also, only about 20 percent of small businesses seeking bank loans receive approval for the funds, according to Biz2Credit. But perhaps these 11 tips for getting angel funding can help you along.

1. Have You Heard?: Former Kaseya CEO Gerald Blackie shared deeper details about how his team launched, built and sold the IT management company to a private equity firm. Also, Boundary CEO Gary Read described the fast-expanding world of cloud monitoring -- and how his team raised $22 million in Series C funding. Catch those conversations -- and more -- each Tuesday night at 9:01 p.m. ET. It's all part of our "Good Evening, I.T. Entrepreneurs" podcast series (www.AfterNines.com/CEO).

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