James Grundvig
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James Grundvig

How the three streams of new technologies–Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobility–will change the B2B landscape, which has been overlooked by the social wave of the past five years. CEO of Cloudnician LLC, a mobile-cloud startup with big data pull. He has 25+ years of engineering-construction experience on projects of scale. Developing sector agnostic software.



Latest by James Grundvig

  • ‘Digital Guardian’ Target’s Cybersecurity Attacks: IBM’s 5-in-5 Prediction Can’t Come Soon Enough

    The day of the phone interview with IBM’s Josyula R. (JR) Rao, Director of Security Research at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, Target retail chain announced it got hacked: The information of 40 million consumer credit cards were stolen over a three-week period.

    The ‘Black Friday’ attack was a sophisticated, pervasive form of credit card skimming. It was also widespread sweeping consumer details across Target’s 2,000 stores in North America. The point-of-sales breach, likely the result of an email phishing attack on Target’s back-end system, was a big blow the store’s holiday sales and goal to increase it’s online presence, which has stagnated at 2 percent of gross sales.

    Collateral damage of the Target attack …


  • Hyatt Times Square Opens for the Holidays and New Year

    Tall, vertical, on a narrow slice of 43rd Street in the heart of Times Square, a new Hyatt Hotel opened softly earlier this month. This Sunday, December 22, it will rollout T-45 Diner next to the ground floor lobby.

    In late January, the Hyatt Times Square New York will open its rooftop bar and lounge, just in time for the Super Bowl, which will be hosted across the Hudson River at MetLife Stadium. I took a tour of the 54-story sky-bar, which is under the final phase of construction. It opens to an outdoor, rooftop deck—the highest outdoor deck in the city for entertainment—with full southern panoramic view. It’s stunning, especially at night.

    To the east, a few blocks away, …


  • These are Not Santa’s Socks! Celliant Textile’s Pain-Reducing Fabric

    These are Not Santa’s Socks! Celliant Textile’s Pain-Reducing Fabric

    Back in the day my elementary school teacher took trips to the Grand Canyon and the deserts of Utah and Nevada. There she collected rocks split in two revealing crystals of amazing shapes and colors. Each fall she shared her crystal rock collection with the class. We got an education in minerals and geology, but the future held something more.

    Rocks like that have another purpose. They are more than a mere conversation piece or occupying shelf space. Today, their minerals are ending up, of all places, in our clothes, linens, and fabrics. They are giving value where it matters most—as a form of pain relief, with thermal and proven therapeutic …


  • ‘Breaking Bad’ Art Case: Robert Wittman’s Bestselling Book Priceless

    Three days before Christmas in 2000, on a affluent peninsula in Stockholm, an Iraqi gang pulled off an audacious art theft of a small, but priceless self-portrait of Rembrandt at the Swedish National Museum.

    With only three roads into the peninsula, the thieves set fire to cars on two of the streets and placed spike-strips on the third.

    As the fiery diversions worked, drawing police and fire department resources away, the thieves entered the museum and, in less than three minutes, carried out a smash and grab robbery: They cut the hanging-wires to three paintings, making off with a pair of small Renoirs and the Rembrandt. Moored outside was a speedboat they used to race away from the scene. With …


  • Asian Business Network Grows in New York

    As the melting pot of New York City continues to flourish and diversify, several Asian network groups and associations have come into form in the last decade.

    One of the reasons for this growth has been the surge of the Asian population in New York, which added “247,900, a climb of 31.8%” from 2000 to 2010, according to a Wall Street Journal article: Blacks Leave City as Asians Propel Growth, (3-25-11), written by Joseph De Avila and Sumathi Reddy that was based on their analysis of the 2010 Consensus.

    “Asian and Hispanic populations spiked between 2000 and 2010, transforming the city’s racial landscape. But the number of black New Yorkers dropped 5%, the first dip in that group since …


  • The Terror Trade of Big Game Poaching

    The Terror Trade of Big Game Poaching and How New Technology Can Fight It.

    Africa’s wild elephants are under siege. Terrorism has pushed the poaching trade into a billion-dollar business, prolonging Congo’s twenty-year-old civil war, which has left more than 2 million people dead, according to a USA Today article last March.

    Garamba National Park is a 1,930 sq. mile expanse of savannahs and grasslands cut by two rivers. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of seven wildlife parks in the Congo managed by non-government organizations (NGO).

    “Wild elephants in the Congo will become extinct in our lifetime,” Jonathan Hutson, a human rights activist, said at the Suits and Spooks NYC 2013 summit held in New York …


  • Long Arm of the Law Catches up to High-Speed Trading

    At the Bloomberg Link Markets 50 Summit…

    New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made a point that he has set out to level the playing field for all investors versus high-speed trading in the stock market.

    At odds was a two second gap, a delay, that empowered Thomson Reuters’ “elite traders” to pay for special access, according to document that had been obtained by CNBC back on June 10 in an article Early Advantage.

    For Eric Schneiderman it was about closing that special access loop, which excluded most investors and gave unfair advantage to Thomson Reuters’ pay-for-play traders. From his interview with Matt Winkler, Editor-In-Chief of Bloomberg News, the Attorney General achieved his goal by negotiating an agreement with …


  • The World is No Longer ‘Flat’, it’s Automated

    Autonomics at the Heart of IPSoft

    Since the start of the Great Recession in 2008, politicians have used outsourcing as a means to drive policy, sway public opinion, and drop as an excuse for poor jobs growth. But India, once the outsourcing king, has given way to the Philippines, which became the number one call center in the world last year.

    That’s about to change.

    Sure, the fourth evolution of computerization—social, mobile, analytics, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things—will transform the world we live and work in this decade. Add to that 3D printing technology, which has begun to onshore manufacturing jobs, and the ripple it creates in the sea change becomes that much more pronounced.

    The age of …


  • “‘Beam’ me up, Scotty” Remote Presence Technology

    “‘Beam’ me up, Scotty” Remote Presence Technology

    At Bloomberg Link Next Big Thing Summit, the were two products that caught the eye of this reporter. One semi-old, the other new.

    Beam is a mobile, remote video-conferencing platform, a newcomer born out of robotics of Willow Garage. The other is a high profile, high-flying winged-man that sparked attention by jetting over the Swiss Alps a few years ago. In the latter, Cory Johnson interviewed Yves Rossy, CEO and the “pilot” of Jetman in a one-on-one discussion, Adventures in Aviation (see separate article for Jetman). 

    What is ‘Beam?’

    Experiencing Beam demoed live, I connected with the PR rep from Suitabletech, Inc., the company that invented Beam.

    Sitting in the press area at …


  • Jetman Lands on Bloomberg Link Summit

    Jetman Lands on Bloomberg Link Summit.

    The crossroads of technology is coming to a convergence. Call that point smart software meets useful hardware.

    In the afternoon panel, Show & Tell: Art Meets Technology, Bloomberg News Editor-as-Large Cory Johnson moderated the panel that featured Juan Montes, CTO of the Museum of Modern Art, Adobe’s Michael Gough, VP of Experience Design, Eyebeam, and Solidoodle. 

    The crux of the talk centered on how technology is dramatically shifting the paradigm from the professional to the amateur. The speakers discussed how Instagram effect has mashed art and technology in a very simple way—“Filters,” as Cory Johnson noted—that no one had thought of before. That basic design innovation also shifted the competitive landscape that drives competition …


  • Van Gogh’s Lost Provenance in World War II

    Van Gogh’s Lost Provenance in World War II might cause a stir.

    Stolen art and Holocaust provenance are serious legal problems for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2000, then director Philippe De Montebello attended the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets and under oath gave this testimony: “The Met has long kept the public informed about all aspects of its collections.”

    Reconcile that with their deliberate refusal to release condition reports requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on Vincent van Gogh’s Wheat Fields with Cypresses, an alleged fake, makes you wonder. Add to that contrast the words—“Solid provenance”—coming from the Met Curator for European Art Susan Alyson Stein to me, used to describe the $57 million gift …


  • False Prophets of IT Security: As Seen by Verizon’s RISK Team

    For the past twenty years, the double edge sword of technology has been something to behold and recoil from at the same time. Call it the Frankenstein effect on the advances of technology.

    From clean nuclear energy to the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown, from nanotech advances in materials science to the next generation chemical warfare, science has a dark side and we have trouble stepping out of the shadow of its dark twin.

    The best example of this delicate balance between good and bad has been major advances in online communication with the Internet boom, and today, the sea change of social connectivity and enterprise analytics via the cloud, big data, and mobility. But along with each advance, the threat …


  • The Practical Bible for Venture Capital: Book Review and Interview with Andrew Romans

    The Practical Bible for Venture Capital: The tech startup ecosystem of Silicon Valley and other major hubs, such as Austin and New York City, is similar to the Hollywood movie industry. How’s that?

    Young creatives, looking to launch their ideas and bring them to reality, need to wade through an arcane process. They need to tap dance with new terms and jargon. And they need to understand the subtleties of financing projects and the agreements they will one-day sign. By the way, the term “angel” investor came from film industry in the 1930s. Who knew?

    That historical nugget and many more valuable insights on venture capital can be found in what the investment industry has been missing, a bible that …


  • Knoedler Scandal Head Fake, NY Times Swallows the Bait

    The MO of Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney in the Southern District of Manhattan, has been to go whale and elephant hunting. Catch the big game. He hasn’t been dubbed “The Sheriff of Wall Street” for nothing. But Bharara, who has quite the batting average in taking down the big guys in high profile cases, prosecutes from the bottom up to the top, even though he knows conspiracies start from the top down.

    That’s why it was interesting to read the New York Times parrot piece (8-20-13) regurgitate news fed to its’ journalist William K. Rashbaum from the U.S. Attorney’s office, updating the $80 million art forgery case at the shuttered Knoedler Gallery.

    The article focused on the low …


  • IBM Serves SMAC at the U.S. Open Championship

    Attending the US Open Tennis, as a guest of IBM (NYSE: IBM), with other journalists, was an evening to take in some first round action—Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka both won handily in straight sets—and more in Flushing, Queens.

    The more is “SMAC,” as Ric Telford, vice president, IBM Cloud Services, explained.

    What is SMAC? It’s an acronym of merging technologies that support one another; in other words, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud.

    For IBM SMAC can best be viewed with its DataWall at the US Open. This is the second year IBM has displayed the interactive board. The Game Changer wall extends many the USOpen.org and mobile app features and provides greater insight into the US Open action …


  • Understanding the Intelligence of Dolphins

    This summer not all the news on dolphins was bad. Just last month, a peer-review study confirmed newborn dolphins are given unique names at birth, just like human parents naming their babies when they are born.

    For a mother dolphin when she gives birth to a calf tail first—so the baby doesn’t breathe in water and drown—she trills a signature whistle, the dolphin’s name, as the calf rises to the surface to take its first breath.

    The baby dolphin knows its name from that indelible moment forward.

    In yet another story this past May, a couple of sea mine-detecting dolphins, trained in the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP), found a 19th century torpedo in San Diego Bay. Who knew …


  • Dolphin Virus Strikes and Strands Again

    This summer has seen the return of dolphin strandings en masse along the Eastern Seaboard. Like in the summer of 1987, when 740 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins washed ashore from the Florida Keys to the Jersey Shore, 120 dolphins have so far followed the same eerie path to strand and perish.

    The difference between the two summers of dead dolphins is night and day. Back then no one knew the cause of the strandings. Back then marine experts believed, while media hysteria amplified the deaths as being related to ocean pollution. Back then hospital waste that washed up on the beaches of New York and New Jersey, with discarded hypodermic needles sticking out of the sand became the lasting image.

    I …


  • Mobile Phone Advertising as Virtual Billboard

    Locket’s Ads for the Small Screen. A generation ago, stadiums were named for their cities and locations. Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and Meadowlands Stadium in, well, the Meadowlands of North Jersey, are just some examples.

    Today, all of that has changed. The new venues come with brand names licensed for millions of dollars to Fortune 500 companies drawing a new revenue stream that wasn’t tapped before. Pittsburgh has Heinz Stadium, while the Jets and Giants now play at MetLife Stadium. In 2014, the 49ers will move into Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. All great American brands.

    For the mobile space that model just caught on. What new way can advertising on the small …


  • PEER 1 Hosting, the Most ‘Human’ in the Cloud

    Not every company has had to face a major event every five years of its existence. But that’s exactly what PEER 1 Hosting had to not only over come, but also in doing so thrive.  And along the way, win accolades from its clients.

    Take the 2003 blackout that shutdown the Northeast United States and Toronto, where one of PEER 1 Hosting’s datacenters is located. In running a datacenter, when force majeure—an act of God—strikes, it’s easy for people and companies to throw in the towel and go home. But when you are running a datacenter, where customers around the world are accessing clients’ data 24/7, PEER 1 Hosting improvised on the spot to find a way. They overcame the …


  • Virtual Interior Design at Your Fingertips

    The ecommerce paradigm, which changed during the Internet boom of the 1990s, has accelerated the past five years with social media. Today, it’s gaining even more momentum as mobile apps that focus on productivity, usability, and simplicity.

    The power is with the people. For the end users the new generation of technology is about speed, simplicity, and information driven to the fingertips in real-time. As legacy systems fade to black, the end users are the datapoints; they are the Rosetta Stone for identifying trends and streamlining business processes.

    This new paradigm is about appliance for the user and insight on the enterprise side.

    A new digital platform that captures both comes from Vanessa Deleon Associates (VDA). Finding that her native …



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