Jan 20, 2014
“Google, which dominates much of life on the Internet, has been trying to expand beyond computers and telephones to living rooms, cars and bodies. It made its way a bit further into people’s homes on Monday when it agreed to pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected devices like thermostats and smoke alarms.”
Well, so far, so good. (So what?) Google remains a bunch of scary smart Type As in search of a
Jan 14, 2014
“You never know when you might need an old idea.” - Ian McEwan, at Edge, in attacking this year’s question, “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?“post at edge.org.
He’s talking about Aristotle, who was actually wrong about a lot of things…but “his invention of zoology alone was priceless. Would you cast him aside?”
I love a good “intellectual bar fight” as the NYT described Edge (Over the Side With Old Tenets)...and I also love old ideas. Here are three old ideas that should never
Jan 06, 2014
I sometimes shock people when I tell ‘em I don’t text. However…
I hear some variation of the following lament with increasing frequency.
“I hate it when people text/chat/video/photo during _____ (dinner, movie, conversations, concerts, grocery shopping, etc.)”
And yet…we all struggle with maintaining a balance—using technology as a tool, not a time-sucking, costly addiction. I love technology…have worked in “high tech” off and on for decades. At one point, as a product manager/director
Dec 17, 2013
I spend a lot of time with wanna-be and real entrepreneurs. How can you tell the difference? Attitude. Starting and sustaining a successful business is hard as hell. There are no five simple steps. There is no free money. There are no easy sales (at least not at first.)
The wanna-be: “The state doesn’t provide any help.” Yes, “the state” asks questions like, “How many jobs do you create?” “What is your potential revenue?” etc. There really is no such thing as “free money” and the
Dec 03, 2013
...Another day, more emails from people I don’t know, wanting to “connect.”
The good news/bad news about our always on, online, round the globe economy is that we can “connect” with thousands, even millions of people.
However, do those connections have any real value?
It depends. (Don’t you just hate it when I do that?)
No Value Reality Check
1. You sporadically send out an eletter to thousands of people, but have no way of tracking who opens what. And, you give them no reason to
Nov 18, 2013
Short answer: An actual Go To Market Plan. Done BEFORE they went “commercial.”
It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing to start out with a free service. But…
There should have been a plan (with a schedule) of how they were going to transition to a fee model.
Here’s what’s still missing from Facebook’s strategy (based on what I read, including interviews).
1. An - um - actual strategy. Figuring out ways to pump even more ads our way isn’t it. Nor is telling us they’re perfectly within their
Nov 05, 2013
...and neither of them are marketing or service promises.
Long story short. My CenturyLink land line finally completely died. I went without voice service for nearly a week; internet service was sorta of working, sometimes. After three “repairs” - with a different explanation/repair each time. No response to my “urgent care” emails (more about that in a sec.)
So. Time to (*sigh*) make a switch. I had been bombarded by Comcast direct mail. I called the number on the letter. After going
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