Microsoft is the latest player in the growing fitness wearables game, with the release of its $199 wrist-worn device, the Microsoft Band, and accompanying fitness tracking software, Microsoft Health. Like the Apple Watch, it combines health and exercise data collection with text messaging and Facebook update alerts, but at a cheaper price. We are still early in discovering the value of consumer wearables: a recent study reported that one-third of consumers stop using their trackers within one year. The New York Times
Visionary VC Peter Thiel says internal politics prevent big companies from acting like startups. Despite more capital and resources, large corporations lose focus once shareholders and activists come into play, according to Thiel. So, who drives change? Founders are the key to success says Thiel and investors should take note to maintain relationships with a charismatic leader. Wall Street Journal
Digital health will go mainstream when millennials who grew up with new technology start aging, says McKesson Ventures exec Thomas Rodgers. He dismisses data security, privacy and lack of interoperability as big obstacles to adoption and said that, in 15-20 years, the shift away from fee-for-service and generational change will bring health technology to the mainstream. MedCity News
Risks aside, your future in the cloud is inevitable. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, by 2017, two-thirds of all business workloads will be processed in cloud data centers and the percentage of organizations using the cloud for some kind of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) is expected to double to 44 percent. Inc.