Monthly Archives: September 2014

Can Your Smartphone Replace your Eye Doctor?

For most of the history of mankind, we have built specialized machines to do work: plows to attach to oxen, hoes to till the field, screwdrivers to turn screws, eye examination appartuses (I have no idea what they are actually … Continue reading

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Do Toy Companies Need Female CEOs?

The other day, my wife forwarded me an article arguing that toy companies need more women at the top. Simply, toy companies have stagnated and reflect the mindsets of those who run them. It is hard to argue this isn’t … Continue reading

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Standards Are Better for Most, but Bad for Niche Players

Over time, all technologies migrate towards standardization. Sometimes this can be a boon for the first-to-market or owner of the standard that “wins”; most of the time, it forces them to find new grounds to differentiate and compete as suddenly everyone is … Continue reading

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Does Apple Pay Get Security Right?

So we have yet another attempt to succeed at mobile payments, courtesy of Apple Pay. However, Apple has a very long history of taking inventions and putting them together in just the right way that they finally are usable, and take off. As … Continue reading

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Apple Goes for Shiny and New, but What About the Basics?

Apple, arguably, had its most important launch event in years yesterday. Beyond putting its smartphones back in play with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, competing on specs with LG and Samsung, not to mention Motorola (Motorola? When did they come back … Continue reading

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Facebook Advertising and Sloppy Pricing

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had a poor experience attempting to pay Facebook for services I agreed to purchase. It wasn’t the acquiring process that was messed up… it was the actual payment. This is the absolute … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Advertise on Facebook

If there is one rule that is more important than any other in business, it is this: make it easy for your customers to pay. Sure, “cash is king,” and “know your numbers,” and “the customer comes first,” and all … Continue reading

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Real High-Tech is Vacuum Packs

I love technology. I had an Apple II as a kid, did engineering projects in high school, and have worked in and out of the tech sector for years. But as cool as the technology is, it is the impact … Continue reading

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X-rays and smartphones and Figure1

A few weeks back, Fred Wilson wrote about his investment in Figure1, a social site for doctors to share radiology images – X-rays, MRIs, CTs. The hypothesis behind Figure1 is that doctors can share images “en masse” across the network, leveraging … Continue reading

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Beer, Jelly Beans, Ice Cream

Over the course of my travels, I had several interesting connections with beer. First of all, I saw several interesting micro-breweries in the Rockies and in Vancouver. More interestingly, at breakfast in the Vancouver hotel, I saw a man wearing … Continue reading

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