Edward Finegold

Edward Finegold

Ed Finegold is CSO for Validas, a company that specializes in personalized user experiences that leverage analytics-as-a-service to simplify mobile buying, selling, pricing & billing. Ed has been a regular contributor to BillingViews.

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Eight visceral reactions to Gartner’s 2015 IRCM Magic Quadrant

Eight visceral reactions to Gartner’s 2015 IRCM Magic Quadrant

Written by on December 4, 2015 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 2 Comments

As you may know, I generally write about things that puzzle me. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant has puzzled me for a while. How they come to some of the conclusions they come to puzzles many people. Witnesses state that they do not apply sufficient resources or time to look deeply enough at the companies they evaluate. […]

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Quad play comes to US (finally) to kill stand-alone mobile

Quad play comes to US (finally) to kill stand-alone mobile

Written by on August 10, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Quad play has finally arrived in the US and it’s here to kill standalone mobile. Dashing to the Bottom The US mobile market is essentially in a race to the bottom; that’s the net result of an accelerating price war. Most pricing in US mobile revolves around data packages; virtually no post-paid plans charge distinctly […]

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Why is AlcaLu worth less than an app?

Why is AlcaLu worth less than an app?

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Did anyone else notice that Nokia just bought Alcatel-Lucent for less than Facebook paid for WhatsApp in 2014? News broke on April 15 that Nokia has agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion/€15.6 billion in an all-stock deal. Compare that to news from February 2014 that had Facebook buying WhatsApp for $19 billion – a […]

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The Dangers of Backup Cameras in Connected Cars

The Dangers of Backup Cameras in Connected Cars

Written by on August 12, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

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What’s Sinking the Smartphone?

What’s Sinking the Smartphone?

Written by on July 11, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

We’ve seen a rash of stories, like this one from Forbes, that speculate whether the global market for high end smart phones has peaked. Despite the many reasons given for this shift in the market, no one seems to be talking about subsidies. Pundits are chalking up Apple, Samsung, and HTC’s reported sales declines to […]

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Cloud Billing: Is Simpler Better? The Debate Rages On

Cloud Billing: Is Simpler Better? The Debate Rages On

Written by on June 26, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

From the Archives The Cloud that Billing now inhabits is a funnel cloud; spinning fast, throwing debris about, and creating chaos. The debate over simplicity versus sophistication resurfaces constantly, and there’s no right answer. The traditional telco folks will argue that you can’t run today’s communications businesses on something that mostly bills for flat rate […]

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Can Cable Providers Monetize Second-Screen Experiences?

Can Cable Providers Monetize Second-Screen Experiences?

Written by on June 24, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

There was an awful lot of sexy new navigation technology demonstrated at this year’s Cable Show and it seems there’s a new gesture on the scene – “the fling.” This is a simple upward swipe of the finger while one is using a tablet or smartphone to search and browse video content. “The fling” takes […]

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Should we Unify Policy & Charging and Does 3GPP Help or Hurt? (Part 3)

Written by on June 20, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

In part 3 (of 3) of this series on policy & charging (see part 1 here, part 2 here) , I asked Matrixx’s Nigel Back “Can we trick 3GPP processes into allowing us to be creative?” I realize I may be crossing the lines into things like the Rating Function and the ABMF, etc. but, […]

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Should we Unify Policy & Charging and Does 3GPP Help or Hurt? (Part 2)

Written by on June 5, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

In part 2 (of 3) of this series on policy & charging (see part 1 here) , I asked Matrixx’s Nigel Back “How far beyond the 3GPP OCS and PCRF standards can you go, and what happens if you try?”  How far beyond the 3GPP OCS and PCRF standards can you go, and what happens […]

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