The company spent 17 billion on video and music content during the

first_img by Xiaomi Sponsored Content HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 Achieving Globalizationcenter_img You May Like ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:33Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAmazon said it spent $1.7 billion on video and music content during the first quarter of this year, the first time the technology and retail giant has itemized the growing cost of providing streaming services to consumers.In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Seattle company said it spent $1.5 billion on video and music during the same period in 2018. That sum includes the cost of licensing content and producing original filmed and musical offerings, as well as other costs associated with digital subscription services and rented content.Amazon offers customers access to streaming video and music through its paid Prime membership program, as well as other standalone subscription options. Earlier this month the company launched an ad-supported streaming-music service.Amazon’s spending puts it in a class with rivals like Netflix and HBO.Bloomberg Intelligence estimates Netflix will spend about $15.1 billion on content this year, including $3 billion during the first three months of 2019.AT&T’s HBO spent about $2.2 billion on programming in 2017. The telecom and entertainment giant plans to boost that budget by 50 percent this year.last_img read more

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first_imgJust had a cup of “Mexican hot chocolate” wow, add some cinnamon to your hot chocolate next time, it’ll blow the socks off of Swiss Miss.I spent some time detailing my concerns over taxation on small businesses a couple of blog posts ago and I thought I’d revisit them, only because I recently read an article outlining cosmetic surgery tax in the senate health care bill. http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/07/health-care-botox-sin-tax-opinions-contributors-josh-barro.htmlThe main concerns I have are as economies grow out of recessions a huge factor in the recovery is through expansion and growth of small businesses, or in the VC world, the expansion stage business. With increased taxes (health care, income, etc) on these small businesses you limit and sometimes kill off their growth, thus causing a reverse trend of increased unemployment, lower state and federal tax revenue, etc. This is certainly a concern for the companies I speak, with especially the ones that are looking to expand their reach globally. In turn this effects our business as it creates less opportunities to make investments with our growth capital.I bring up the “Botox Tax”, or the cosmetic surgery and related tax as it is really known in the senate health care bill because it is one of the ways government sanctions and taxes force the hands of consumers and business owners in a negative way. The Botox tax is an excise tax of 5% for any cosmetic surgery. This is the government’s way to raise a measly $6 billion in revenues to help pay for universal healthcare. $6 billion may sound like a lot, but it’s less than 1% of the bills total price and I believe the effect it will have is not worth the $6 billion (if the senate version were even to pass). Why is this a bad thing and or how does it relate to my work? It causes disruption in one of the few bright spots for our current economic climate; the small businesses. Disruption in this process hurts both the business and the end user alike. No, Botox does not directly relate to our process of investing in or building great companies, but taxes sure do. When the government begins to impose taxes and ultimately change consumer’s behavior towards picking a business, or worse influencing business owners on whether or not they can expand, then they are helping to restrain growth and expansion in the most powerful sector of business…the small businesses. For more info on the so called “Botox Tax” take a look at Josh Barro’s article linked above.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Collaboration More than a Meeting

first_imgCollaboration Requires Sharing and CreativityCollaboration is much more than meetings and affinity grouping writes blogger Esther Derby. Derby, a leader in the human-side of software development, has found that while many companies think they have collaboration down to a science, most fail to share responsibility, and ownership.“True collaborative assumes shared responsibility, shared ownership, and boosts creativity and learning,” writes Derby. In a recent post, she explains each aspect of collaboration. Her thoughts are summarized below.Shared responsibility: Collaboration means focusing on a shared goal and utilizing everyone’s skills needed to reach it.Shared ownership: With true collaboration, there is no room for “my code” or “my tests. The team must share ownership of its products.Cross-functional learning: Team members must learn from each other and expand their skills outside of their functional silos.Process and organizational learning: “When teams hold retrospectives, they share their perceptions about technical practices, processes, and teamwork. Team members learn about the specific topic they are discussing and about process analysis, process improvement, and influencing change.”Deciding together: When making decisions, a team should “look for a decision that the team will support rather than the “right” decision that doesn’t go anywhere.”Thinking and solving problems: Look at problems from different perspectives to drive creative solutions.Creating together: “Many heads are better than one when creating. Different people see different visions of what’s possible.”Derby concludes that,“When teams collaborate, there’s less pressure on each individual to create the perfect part. Everyone realizes that she has the help and support of the rest of the team, and together they’ll create something far better than each could do on her own.”This thoughtful blog also includes a look at when collaboration goes bad and how to avoid collaboration failure.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Is a Health IT Bubble Taking Shape

first_imgWhen Bloomberg reporter Douglas MacMillan revealed in Marchthat Groupon was seeking an IPO valuation of as much as $25 billion, it set off a firestorm of industry analysts, technology investors, and media warning against a potential tech bubble that could rival the dot-com debacle of the late 90s. Image provided by: {link:http://www.flickr.com/photos/thales/2782129254/}Thales{/link}And while others argue that the valuations of companies like Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, and LinkedIn aren’t as outrageous as some are making it seem, MedCity’s Brandon Glenn wondered recently if that supposed “tech bubble” has permeated health information technology.In his article, Glenn quotes Pacific Venture Group managing director Eve Kurtin, who says that investors and strategic acquirers are, at the very least, in danger of creating one. Glenn cites numerous factors that should give health technology investors pause, including:A $27 billion federal subsidy for the purchase of Electronic Health Records by doctors and hospitals — a sum that has drawn more investors to the market.A rapid increase in the amount of cash venture investors are pouring into the sector. Investment in health IT, Glenn points out, rose about 20 percent last year and similar growth is expected this year.Large venture rounds for HIT firms and a hot market for acquisitions, creating increased competition and valuations that sometimes seem way too high.In the article, Glenn dives a bit deeper into the issue and presents some interesting insight from industry experts. But for the moment, Glenn writes, whether a bubble actually taking shape is anyone’s guess.To read the rest of the post, click here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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More on Lonely CEOs How to Get Better

first_imgA few years ago, our founder and senior managing director Scott Maxwell wrote a series of influential posts on “The Lonely CEO”. He made a powerful case why the CEO at the expansion stage is indeed among the loneliest jobs there are. The CEO alone shoulders the responsibility for the growth and continued success of a young, fledging company, while trying to balance the demands of customers, investors, the aspirations of his employees, and the whims of the marketplace.A recent study, cited by the Harvard Business Review, further confirms this observation with some very concrete data on a large sample of CEOs across the industry and stages of the company’s lifecycle:Findings from our inaugural CEO Snapshot Survey™ (PDF)reveal that half of CEOs report experiencing feelings of loneliness in their role, and of this group, 61 percent believe it hinders their performance.Clearly, being a leader of an organization and having the prestige and material rewards associated with such position also require a huge emotional toll and lot of sacrifice for them.The article also points out that first-time CEOs are even more susceptible to the stress and sense of isolation that comes with new-found authority and responsibility. This is particularly important for us because as a Venture Capital firm, we work with many first-time founders and entrepreneurs and have a chance to partner with some of them as both investors and consultants, and these are issues that we need to be extremely aware of and be sensitive to.The article also points out 3 main strategies to help alleviate this for CEOs:Accept Reality: This might be the most fundamental, and can only be done by CEOs themselves. To cope with the loneliness better, they would want to accept it as part of the responsibility they need to shoulder, part of the job, and tackle it head-on instead of trying to avoid it.Seek Support: Another article in the series by Scott Maxwell listed many ways and places to get support for the lonely CEOs. Check these great, practical suggestions out.Keep Moving: An essential quality of great leadership is decisiveness and confidence. The CEO’s can-do attitude has an incredible, magnetic effect on the employees morale and success, while indecision will further exaggerate the overwhelming feeling of powerlessness and isolation. I have also written about how to avoid paralysis by analysis and how to learn to start executing on a strategy early enough.In addition, in a recent post, I discussed the challenge of balancing the CEO’s time spent on the inside or outside, in meeting or in reflection, and it seems that the hectic travel and meetings schedule can contribute to the sense of loneliness and isolation that CEOs feel as well. Having more internal face to face time with the senior managers will strengthen the internal support team and keep the CEO more grounded as well.Hope that there will be more resources and articles that help recognize and address these issues – CEOs deserve to be happy, motivated and focused on building great organizations.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Are You Not Training Your New Outbound Lead Generation Reps

first_imgHow to effectively onboard your new outbound lead generation reps In my last post I introduced the importance of training your outbound lead generation team. In this post I’ll layout my recommendations for what should be included in the new hire onboarding training. To get your team up and running it’s important that your new hire training — as well as your ongoing campaign-focused training — includes a number of key elements, especially if your new hires are relatively inexperienced in your product market. Putting a comprehensive training plan together like the one below is a challenge for anyone, even the most experienced lead generation team managers. That’s why in the second column of the table you will find suggestions for roles that can typically help you prepare or present training on that particular topic. Of course, at expansion-stage technology companies, many of those roles don’t even exist. In that case, the onus falls squarely on the lead generation team manager to deliver a training program that gets new outbound lead generation reps ramped up as quickly as possible.SessionWhoDescriptionCompany OverviewHiring Manager/ ExecutiveA high-level overview of the company’s mission, vision, and values, and the context in which the company/product were established, as well as the people involved. If you can get an executive to do this, it can be very motivating and inspiring for new employees.Sales Team Structure, Roles and ExpectationsHiring ManagerAn initial meeting with the lead generation team manager to explicitly clarify expectations, explain how the lead generation team fits into the overall customer acquisition strategy, the role of the lead generation rep in the process, and how the sales/marketing teams are structured.Customer Overview and ExamplesAccount Manager/ Sales EngineerThis session is intended to give the new hire some exposure to a handful of customers and explain in each case how customers are using the product and how they have benefited from it. The new hire should be able to present what he or she learned here as a case study and re-tell the customer’s story.Competitive LandscapeMarketing/ Sales OperationsAn overview of your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses and the competitive landscape in which the company/products compete.Market Overview, Segmentation, Buyer PersonasMarketingThis session should provide an overview of the target markets and ecosystems in which the company sells its products. There may be multiple markets and ecosystems to cover in the section if the products have multiple applications. This section should also explain how the target markets are segments and where your company’s sweet spots are within each market. Then, within each target segment, it should explain which buyer personas would be involved with the sales.Review of Campaign/ Segment Assets – Role PlayingHiring ManagerA more in-depth review of the target market segments and buyer personas, as well as a review of all of the assets and resources that have been developed to prospect into those segments and personas (see my next post on Building an Asset Package).Lead Management Process TrainingHiring Manager/ Sales OperationsThis session should cover an overview of the lead management process; including the outreach guidelines and hand-off process.Product DemoAccount Manager/ Sale EngineerA product demonstration should show what users would see if they were using the product. This will help new hires get a better sense of what they are actually selling.Product TrainingSales Engineer/ Sales OperationsA product training session should go into a bit more depth on how to use the application. There may also be a hands-on element for some products. Make sure to clarify in the session what new reps are qualified to discuss on a call so that they don’t get themselves “into the weeds” on a call.Sales Methodology TrainingHiring Manager/ Sales OperationsIf your sales team subscribes to a specific sales methodology, this session should cover the basics of that methodology. At the very least this section should cover the different stages and milestones in the sales process.Sit on Calls and DemosLead Gen Rep/ Sales Rep/ Account ManagerThis absolutely critical activity should be a big part of their training. New hires should not only sit on call with other lead gen reps, but also with sales reps, account managers, and even sales engineers to hear different peoples selling styles, customer/prospect feedback, and how to respond.Systems Training: CRM, Sales Tool, ContentSales OperationsSystems training should go over the basic systems that the sales and marketing teams use a daily basis. Particularly important here is CRM training.In addition to the sessions listed above, I really can’t underscore enough the fact that there’s no better training than practice. That means plenty of role playing, group outbound calling, and calling into old leads. Practice should make up a significant portion of the new hire’s first couple of weeks on the job. In my next post I’ll cover another training package that can be used in ongoing training specific to new products, markets, and campaigns. At OpenView Labs we call it an asset package.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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AMA with Aaron Ross Jason Lemkin How to Build A Winning Sales

first_imgBuilding a best-in-class sales organization is one of the biggest hurdles executives face at the expansion stage. Hiring, training, and ramping up a team while maintaining and building momentum is a tall order, but it’s also essential to achieving the kind of rapid growth your company requires to succeed. Fortunately, two of the SaaS world’s leading experts in growth have joined forces to share their best practices and answer all your questions on how to build and scale a sales organization — and more importantly, how to get it right.On-Demand WebinarIf you missed our live webinar, don’t worry — you can still watch the full webinar recording here.Jason Lemkin, Managing Director of Storm VenturesAt Storm Ventures, Jason focuses exclusively on early-stage SaaS/enterprise start-ups and helping them scale. He has lead and/or sourced Storm’s investments in next-generation SaaS leaders including Talkdesk, Algolia, Pipedrive, and Guidespark, as well as his own Storm-backed company, EchoSign (acquired by Adobe). He also serves an Advisory Board Member or investor in other emerging SaaS leaders, including Convertro (acquired by AOL), BetterWorks, AnyPerk, Retention Science, and Greenhouse.io.Jason is an acknowledged thought leader in SaaS through his creation of the SaaStr community for SaaS executives and founders. Through SaaStr.com, and its companion blog on Quora, saastr.quora.com, the SaaStr community connects thousands of SaaS entrepreneurs and generates over 750,000 views a month around core SaaS topics, with a particular focus on accelerating revenue and early-stage SaaS sales and marketing.Aaron Ross, best-selling author of Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business into a Sales Machine With The $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.comCalled “The Sales Bible of the Silicon Valley,” Predictable Revenue has been #1 on Amazon’s telemarketing list for over two years.Aaron founded Predictable Revenue, Inc. a consulting company that helps B2B companies triple sales growth & create self-managing sales teams. Aaron is also the founder of PebbleStorm, which is helping 100 million people “make money through enjoyment” by combining happiness and money. His clients include: Oracle, Acquia, Digium, Crunched, SalesForce, Servosity, and Responsys.Before Predictable Revenue and PebbleStorm, Aaron Ross was an EIR (Entrepreneur-in-Residence) at Alloy Ventures, a $1 billion venture capital firm. Prior to Alloy, at Salesforce.com, Aaron created a revolutionary Cold Calling 2.0 inside sales process and team that helped increase Salesforce.com’s revenues by $100 million. Aaron was also CEO of LeaseExchange, an online equipment leasing marketplace. Photo by: Veronique Debord-LazaroAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Nintendos Market Cap Doubles to 42 Billion Since Pokemon GO Launch

first_img July 19, 2016 Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 Nintendo Image credit: Reuters | Chris Helgren Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 2 min read Next Article center_img Nintendo’s Market Cap Doubles to $42 Billion Since Pokemon GO Launch This story originally appeared on Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reuters 55shares Shares of Japan’s Nintendo Co. soared another 14 percent on Tuesday, more than doubling the firm’s market capitalization to 4.5 trillion yen ($42.5 billion) in just seven sessions since the mobile game Pokemon GO was launched in the United States.The phenomenal success of Pokemon GO — now available in 35 countries, the majority in Europe, and most recently in Canada — has triggered massive buying in Nintendo shares, surprising even some seasoned market players.”I’ve never seen the trend of such a big company’s shares changing so quickly in such a short period of time,” said Takashi Oba, senior strategist at Okasan Securities.Nintendo shares ended Tuesday up 14.4 percent at 31,770 yen, bringing its gains to more than 100 percent since the launch of the game on July 6.Turnover in Nintendo shares hit 703.6 billion yen, surpassing the record for trading turnover in individual shares it set on Friday, of 476 billion yen.Trading in Nintendo shares roughly accounted for a quarter of the entire trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s main board.The success of Pokemon GO, unforeseen even by its creators, has boosted hopes that Nintendo could capitalize on a line-up of popular characters ranging from Zelda to Super Mario to strengthen its new foray into augmented reality.”Virtual reality and augmented reality have been a focus of the market but hardly anyone was expecting Nintendo in this area. Suddenly Nintendo has become an AR-related stock,” said a fund manager at a Japanese asset management firm, who declined to be named as he is not allowed to discuss individual shares.The fund manager said the big gains were justifiable considering the likely boost to Nintendo’s bottom line.”Under my rough estimate, the sales from Pokemon GO and upcoming related gadgets will boost net profits by 50 billion yen. Based on that assumption, Nintendo is traded at 30 times profits, which is not unreasonable,” he said.The popularity of Pokemon GO is producing an unexpected boom in some shares that have a scant link to the game.Shares in First Baking Co., a bakery firm with annual sales of 25 billion yen, saw its shares rise 18 percent on Tuesday as the firm sells “Pokemon Bread” among other breads wrapped with character-decorated bags.(Additional reporting by Daiki Iga; Editing by Himani Sarkar)last_img read more

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Cryptic Warnings From the Trump Administration Shake Recreational Marijuana Industry

first_img Add to Queue dispensaries.com Cannabis Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer spuriously linked marijuana to opioid addiction and warned that the leniency extended medical marijuana won’t be offered to the recreational industry. Cryptic Warnings From the Trump Administration Shake Recreational Marijuana Industry March 9, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Guest Writer Next Article –shares 3 min read Image credit: Aaron P. Bernstein | Getty Images Concerns in the legal marijuana industry heightened as the second month of President Donald Trump’s administration offered little solid guidance but plenty of dire warnings about how they will treat the cannabis industry.For those looking for bad signs – particularly for recreational marijuana – there was plenty to point out.In the space of one week, both Trump spokesman Sean Spicer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions made comments about the federal government cracking down on marijuana businesses, particularly those who deal in recreational marijuana.Despite strong reactions from everyone, there were few specifics from either official about what shape a federal marijuana crackdown would take.The situation remains uncertain for adult-use cannabis entrepreneurs and investors. In one sign of that uncertainty, shares of Innovative Industrial Properties, the only marijuana-related stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange, fell almost 10 percent in the week following Spicer’s statement.Related: 10 Cannabis Startups You Need to Watch“Greater Enforcement”Spicer got the latest round of marijuana news rolling the last week in February, when he told reporters “I do believe” people will see “greater enforcement” of federal law against recreational marijuana use. Marijuana, of course, remains illegal at the federal level.Spicer did not elaborate, leaving people to wonder what “greater enforcement” means or how they would handle dispensaries that sell both medical and recreational cannabis, which is often the case.Also, there are legal issues to untangle involving when federal law can supersede state law in places where adult-use cannabis is legal. There are now eight states with legalized recreational marijuana: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.Related: Marijuana Advocates Wait for Trump’s Stance on Legalized CannabisMarijuana and Opioids?Spicer also seemed to connect opioid addiction to marijuana. There have been no studies showing that marijuana can lead to overdose in the way opioids have – the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that an estimated 15,000 deaths occurred from prescription painkiller overdoses in 2015.In fact, the government’s own National Institute of Health has this to say on their website in answer to the question, “Can someone overdose on marijuana?”: “If you mean can they overdose and die from marijuana—the answer is no, it’s not very likely.”The site does go on to say marijuana can lead to accidents by impairing judgement, such as with driving. But obviously this is not death by drug overdose, and the same can be said for alcohol, which is legal in all 50 states and at the federal level. “A Violation of Federal Law”Less than a week after Spicer’s comments, new Attorney General Jeff Sessions said yet again he is “not a fan of expanded use of marijuana” and spoke about a relationship between legal marijuana and violent crime. Studies have shown that no such relationship exists, according to CBS News.Again, Sessions did not talk specifics about what he might do. However, he did say this: “But states, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say, it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”As of early March, Trump himself had still not spoken on the issue.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Listen Now Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Green Entrepreneur Podcastlast_img read more

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Travel Accessories for the iPod and iPhone

first_img Next Article Technology The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 6 min read –shares Brought to you by PCWorld 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List James A. Martincenter_img October 3, 2007 Apply Now » An Apple iPod or iPhone is an essential travel accessory in its own right. Not only can you listen to music and watch videos, but you can also store your business contacts on either device or use your iPod to back up files.But as feature-packed as Apple’s devices are, you’ll probably still want to accessorize them. Here’s a look at some cool add-ons for the airplane, car, hotel room–or anywhere you travel.Getting Power on the PlaneThe Inflight Power Recharger ($35 to $50), about the size of a small tape measure, converts the audio output from an airplane’s passenger seat headphone jack into power that can recharge your iPod, iPhone, RIM BlackBerry, and any other handheld devices that support USB connections.Here’s how it works: At your airplane seat, find a music channel with up-tempo tunes; turn the volume all the way up; plug your gadget into the recharger and the recharger into the airplane seat audio output jack. You don’t have to be in an airline seat to use the recharger, however. With two AAA batteries the Inflight Power Recharger can juice up your device without an airplane audio jack.I tested the Inflight Power Recharger with my video iPod on two recent cross-country flights. The device extended my iPod’s playback time by about 30 minutes–but it took nearly 2 hours to get that charge. And it was awkward to have my iPod and the recharger in my lap, dangling from the airplane seat audio jack.The iGo powerXtender ($16) is another option for gadget recharging in transit. The portable device uses two AA batteries to recharge iPods, iPhones, and other gadgets, wherever you may be. But you’ve got to buy a tip to connect a device to the recharger, and a tip that fits iPods and iPhones costs $13. Plus, they’re relatively small and easy to lose. However, with so many available tips, it’s likely there’s one that fits your small gadget.In the CarThe iPod is among the technological advancements that rendered the car cassette tape player obsolete. And yet one of the easiest ways to play iPod music in the car is through a cassette tape adapter. Ironic, huh?If your car stereo doesn’t have a cassette deck or an iPod hookup, you can wirelessly transmit music from your music player to unused FM frequencies on your car radio.For example, Griffin Technology’s iTrip Auto is a sleek, black device that works with iPods and iPhones to wirelessly transmit tunes via FM frequencies. It’s easy to change frequencies using the device’s LCD. And because it connects to your in-car power port, the iTrip Auto also charges your gadget while beaming your tunes (not all transmitters do this). It can be frustrating to find a clear, unused FM frequency without static in urban areas, however. At $70, the iTrip Auto is pricey, but I’ve seen it online for under $50 .In the Hotel RoomThe iHome2Go ($99), available in black or white , is a portable iPod stereo/recharging dock/alarm clock for use in hotels, at home, or at the office. The device has been available since last year but was recently given a more streamlined look. It’s attractive, easy to use, runs off four AA batteries or AC power, and has a backup battery so you don’t have to reset the time when you unplug it or lose battery power.The iHome2Go produces good sound, though it’s no match for sound systems from Bose and other high-end iPod speakers, and it comes with a small remote control. But the iHome2Go weighs about 2.08 pounds with the AC adapter. And when folded flat for travel, it measures 10.25 inches by 7 inches by 1.8 inches. In other words, it’s not the most portable iPod alarm clock/speaker system around. The i.Sound Time Travel ($60) is much more compact, for instance (I haven’t tested this product, however.) Also, the portable iHome2Go lacks the AM/FM radio of its desktop sibling (also $99).The iHome2Go works with the iPhone as well. However, you should put your iPhone in Airplane Mode, to prevent interference between the phone and the speakers.Further InformationThe Ultimate iPod Accessory–a New York Hotel Room ?” Control Your iPod–With Your Mouth ?”” Charge Six Devices With One Charger “” Hot iPod Add-Ons “Mobile Computing News, Reviews, & TipsAn iPod Around Your Neck: A new iPod accessory lets you wear the media player on the back of your neck. NekFIT ($34) is designed for active users who dislike tangled, dangling earbud wires.Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 Review: Fujitsu’s new LifeBook T4220 convertible tablet PC is designed to weather outside use better than its competitors. The tablet features a comfortable keyboard, an antiglare screen for outdoor viewing, and a shock sensor to protect the hard drive during a fall.Running Applications on a USB Thumb Drive: Windows Vista makes it easy to automatically run programs from a USB thumb drive when the drive is inserted. Add the program you want to run in the device’s root directory and create a two-line autorun.inf file that points to the program ( read the full story for instructions). When the drive is inserted, check “Always do this for software and games” and select the “Run This Program” option. From then on, the program will run whenever you insert the drive.Suggestion BoxIs there a particularly cool mobile computing product or service I’ve missed? Got a spare story idea in your back pocket? Tell me about it . However, I regret that I’m unable to respond to tech-support questions, due to the volume of e-mail I receive.Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. Sign up to have the Mobile Computing Newsletter e-mailed to you each week. These add-ons for Apple gadgets, for the plane, car, and hotel room are cool–but are they worth the money? 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