What Do All Those Steps Add Up To?

March 3, 2014

GERO from Gero on Vimeo. If you know me at all, you know that for the past year or so I’ve been working at the intersection of the quantified self, wearable technology and health care. I’ve bought and tried the Pebble, Fitbit, Jawbone, Google Glass, Misfit Shine, Nike Fuelband, and Basis Watch. I’ve used Moves, […]

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Tim Draper Re-invents the Business School

February 13, 2014

On stage with Tony Perkins to kick off this year’s Venture Summit Silicon Valley, Tim Draper welcomed a crowd of investors and entrepreneurs to his brand new Draper University, the home of a series of six-week programs to speed up the pace of disruptive innovation in Silicon Valley. Draper plans to disrupt entrepreneurship education.   […]

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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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