CES 2014 Remembered (Fondly)

January 11, 2014

I bet you’re dying to hear what I thought of CES, especially since there has been hardly any press coverage (not). This year I went with a press pass, and the most amazing thing I saw is the press itself. Trust me, “journalism” is in no danger of dying if the number of press passes […]

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Are Brands Ready for Empowered Crowds?

January 9, 2014

More than ten years ago, the Cluetrain Manifesto introduced us to the concept that markets are now conversations. The Manifesto predicted that with the internet, power would shift from companies to people, and that companies had better get ready for the shift.  Now, with the internet and social media no longer new, people are indeed […]

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Are Wearables Ready for Prime Time?

January 3, 2014

This was the Christmas when the quantified self might have been you. A Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) report found that consumer interest in fitness devices has risen to 13%. Dedicated wearable fitness device ownership has tripled year-over-year and now sits at 9%. CEA also predicts that revenues from fitness and activity tracking devices as a […]

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in San Francisco, Homeless People and Entrepreneurs are in Bed Together

December 22, 2013

Too much money applied to entrepreneurship is evil. If you don’t believe me, look at the evolution of the Bay Area over the past decade. The worship of founders has gradually displaced all other forms of respect. Today if you are not a founder, you’re not worthwhile. Doctors are treated like labor, lawyers are unemployed. […]

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How To Do Mobile Marketing

December 13, 2013

6 Trends in Local and Mobile Marketing The speed of the shift to mobile has confounded marketers. Although research by IABUK says clients know 14% more about mobile than they did in 2011, that’s not enough to make up for the 145% growth of mobile in 2013. By 2014, there will be more phones than […]

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Disrupting Home Health

December 10, 2013
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From IOS to Android: It’s Not Easy

December 2, 2013

Over the past two years, many of my geek friends switched to Android from iPhone, citing lack of innovation. I held out, because I couldn’t believe Apple had just ceased to innovate on its most important product. But when the iPhone 5s launched, I made up my mind. I was switching to Android, at least […]

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Where Was I When JFK Died? In a State of Innocence

November 22, 2013

John F. Kennedy’s assassination profoundly changed the trajectory of my life, although I was not aware of it at the time. I was 22 years old, with two Ivy League degrees, working at a coveted advertising job in New York City. I was a junior copywriter at J. Walter Thompson Company. My boss had some […]

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I’m Sticking With Glass

October 16, 2013

Google Glass, that is. I’ve now had Glass since late June, and I’ve entertained a multitude of thoughts about it. If you want to stop reading here, my final decision is to buy it when it becomes available as a consumer product. But if you want to know why I’ve arrived at this decision, it […]

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Meditations on Mortality: Breaking Bad

September 30, 2013

Now that it’s over, I view “Breaking Bad” as an extended contemplation of mortality — of one’s own, that of Walter White, and of those of the people around Walter. The entire show is a metaphor for Walt’s approaching death. After all, if you had received a diagnosis on terminal cancer, what would YOU do […]

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