Google…Jeans

I love the way we use the word platform today. In fact, according to Google the use of the word has skyrocketed over the years…particularly as it became a metaphor for developing ideas and products that shared some common core. What I love about the word platform is the visual imagery it calls to mind….

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Lessons from CES: It’s Always All About People

I have just returned from Las Vegas where I joined tens of thousands of gamblers on their yearly pilgrimage, looking for, praying for, the Big Bet. To give you context, I was attending the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – an event that I have been attending since 1996; and to give you some more…

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What Would Houdini Have Said?

Call me a Luddite. Tell me that I’m not a digital native. Berate me. Harangue me. Frankly, I don’t care – because I just don’t get it…. Snapchat: ‘How To Make $3 Billion-Or Was It $4 Billion-Disappear’ (And Other Quotes Of The Week) It’s not the founders’ (perhaps) brilliant chutzpah that mystifies me – nor…

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The Marriage of the Giants…Big Data and Big Box

What does Big Data have in common with Big Box Retailing…besides the bigness? How much does Walmart have in common with Amazon…besides the obvious? Where do you think retail is going…besides mobile? Let’s start back a week… Twitter and Royal Mail go public in a similar time frame, and while nothing about them seems similar…

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Made in China

If you think China is all about cheap labor, and that the basis of its power is the sheer number of low-paid people it can throw at a problem – or that censorship and lack of personal freedom limits Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship – think again. China is on a roll and is frankly liable…

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Put a Ding on it, iPhone

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Don’t we all? At least so I fantasize…. But that quote isn’t from me – it’s classic Steve Jobs. In fact, I’d argue that it’s a defining statement and a lens through which to judge Apple…. Bottom line from Jobs: that ding isn’t a fantasy, it’s…

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Does Facebook Know it’s Mobile?

Facebook is a mobile company. Already. FULL STOP. In fact, as much or more so than AT&T or Vodafone or Telefonica or whatever local carrier you use in your country or region. In fact, as much as Google or Microsoft or Samsung or Nokia – only different. So I am mystified by the digibabble and…

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Remember Cell Phones?

Do you remember cell phones? We used to use them to make calls…. Today we have smartphones.  We use them to communicate, but also to take pictures, consume content, play games, buy and sell stuff, find our way, store data and get advertised to…. We pontificate on mobile – it’s here! Its time has come!…

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Castles in the Cloud

Have you been lost more than usual the past week or so? Have you turned right when you should have gone left; found yourself on the wrong side of the road or in general wondered where the hell you were? If so, chances are you have the new Apple iPhone 5 and have used its…

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More on Facebook

More on Facebook. Or should I say more on friends and friendship. A week after the IPO – maybe one of the more contentious – not just biggest in the history of Wall Street – fingers are being pointed – every which way; lawsuits are being filed; the second guessers are second guessing and other…

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Making Money from Scoops

Here is an ethical question. Can a news source make money from its scoops – beyond the obvious – and will I keep reading the source if they continue to scoop? The question is raised by Felix Salmon, the finance blogger on Reuters – somewhat facetiously I thought…until I thought about it and read the…

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Have You Tried Instagram?

Have you tried Instagram? I was a fan from day one…everything about it was smart – it enhanced human need to share photos; platformed off the mobile phone camera – already accepted and used by consumers; was easy to use; had a simple name – all in all it was what I call a “white…

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Love 2.0

Algorithms do not love make…. Yes, yes – we all know the advertised stories of all the happy couples brought together by digital dating services through the magic of advanced algorithms. But hear out Eli Finkel, a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University. As quoted by The New York Times on Easter Sunday, Professor…

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Gamification

Gamification. It’s all about gamification – the future of all digital communications and of anything social resides in understanding that all outcomes can best be fulfilled by creating gaming engagements that lead to them. One day you might vote or fill out your tax forms through some sort of gaming platform – imagine determining the…

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Titanium

Titanium.

The space-age metal. Prized for its strength, its ability to combine with other metals and the many applications it helps to create.

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Tweet

Tweet, BBM, IM, ICQ, Ping, Email, Post, Call, Fax (still) – all are methods of communication that allow us to correspond quickly and efficiently.

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