Ben Kepes

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to aviation technology, enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

He is a globally recognized subject matter expert with an extensive following across multiple channels. His commentary has been published on Forbes, ReadWriteWeb, GigaOm, The Guardian and a wide variety of publications – both print and online. Often included in lists of the most influential technology thinkers globally, Ben is also an active member of the Clouderati, a global group of Cloud thought leaders and is in demand as a speaker at conferences and events all around the world.

As organizations react to the demands for more flexible working environments, the impacts of the economic downturn and the existence of multiple form-factor devices and ubiquitous connectivity, Cloud computing stands alone as the technology paradigm that enables the convergence of those trends - Ben’s insight into these factors has helped organizations large and small, buy-side and sell-side, to navigate a challenging path from the old paradigm to the new one.

Ben is passionate about technology as an enabler and enjoys exploring that theme in various settings.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Ben Kepes and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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FullContact acquires contact management competitor -- is this quality or just quantity?

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Forget two-factor authentication, here comes context-aware authentication

The stakes are high and cloud vendors know it. Is context-aware authentication the next safety net?

FullContact slurps up cash and contacts

FullContact slurps up cash and contacts

Because my contact list is long, complex, and full of outdated info and duplicates.

Engagio raises cash to help the 'expand' part of 'land and expand'

Engagio raises cash to help the 'expand' part of 'land and expand'

Selling more stuff to an existing customer, or at least a prospect with a good chance of success, is easier than selling stuff cold to a random prospect. Engagio wants to make it even easier.

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Bring back the price wars: Google Preemptible VMs now up to 33% cheaper

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Yodlee to boost financial transactions with contextual data

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FR8 launches to deliver load trucking and fleet optimization

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Docker funder and VMware alum dives into database startup

With one single smart (lucky?) investment, Jerry Chen staked his VC claim. Will this next one be as fortuitous?

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