Monthly Archives: March 2014

Eat Your Own Lunch

I love some of the old technology deployment phrases. According to legend, most of these – eat your own lunch, boil the ocean, etc. – came out of the heyday of IBM. As an example, I know of one company … Continue reading

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Stores Are Dead, Long Live Stores

Are physical (a.k.a. brick-and-mortar) stores dead? Or are they the future? On the one hand, the total dollar amount of e-commerce far outpaces physical retail growth. In the 4th quarter of 2013, total US retail sales were $1,148 BN, up … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Experience and Cynicism

There was an extended article in the New Republic recently on the rampant “ageism” in Silicon Valley. In some ways, it isn’t surprising. Start-ups can be brutal on a family, so having less (or no) family to worry about makes it … Continue reading

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Is Visa Purchase Insurance for Bitcoin?

Goldman Sachs estimates that Bitcoin could bring potential savings of $167.5BN per year in regular transactions, ignoring the much higher savings in remittances. Where did it get that number? And how will payment firms – Visa, MasterCard, AmEx – respond? … Continue reading

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Always Clean Up

A few days ago, I made a family affair, about 150 people, in a local neighbourhood hall. We rented the hall, photographer, music and caterer separately. The hall is part of a larger institution, so there is a manager who … Continue reading

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Does a 3D-Printed Car Matter?

I guess it was inevitable: 3D-printed cars, courtesy of Local Motors, who has announced that they will begin selling them in September 2014. Personally, I think the idea that you can 3D-print a car to be fascinating. The list of things that … Continue reading

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Web Economics Boards the Plane

For almost 20 years, an extensive onboard entertainment system has been a minimum requirement for any long-haul flight. Anyone who has flown an old airplane internationally knows the level of discontent with the airline, and the many passenger promises never … Continue reading

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Weddings, Dresses and Diamonds

What is the value of a wedding dress? In most stores, it is several thousand dollars. H&M, the global Swedish retailer, on the other hand, says it should be worth $99. Clearly H&M is using a lower quality fabric, since the … Continue reading

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Let’s Just Talk… Maybe Not

It is accepted common sense that sometimes, if you just can talk face-to-face, you can resolve everything. I have believed that at times, and have successfully used it… when the issues are a question of common language and understanding, not … Continue reading

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Don’t Always Expect Them To Be Rational

Every day, every one of us performs myriad instances of sales. We sell ourselves as a potential employee, a proposal for a new initiative, a co-worker on a new software architecture, a board on new investments, and, for a small … Continue reading

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