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Growing Independent: Laptop to Smartphone to Wearable

When does a personal technology – a computer, a smartphone, a watch – “grow up”? There is a slow but continuous process I have observed with every new personal computing technology. Stage 1 – Child: The new technology provides unprecedented flexibility. … Continue reading

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Pricing Inversions, or Smart vs. Lucky

Pricing is one of the most important – and mysterious – parts of a business. Price too high, and you lose customers; price too low, and you leave lots of profit on the table. An entire price consulting industry exists, with … Continue reading

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Should Apple and Microsoft Buy an Online Backup Company?

Yesterday, I read an article which claimed that 30% of people have never backed up, while the overwhelming majority are way behind on backups. In the early 1990s, about a year into my very first job out of college at a large global financial, I … Continue reading

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Samsung’s “Too Smart for Their Own Good” TVs

The Internet has been abuzz for the last week about a hitherto little-known clause in Samsung’s “Smart TV” privacy policy. The news was most prominently covered in the Daily Beast, here. The Daily Beast includes a link to the entire privacy … Continue reading

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The Purpose of a Business is to Create and Keep a Customer

“The purpose of a business is to create and keep a customer.” – Peter Drucker No matter how many times we say it, we forget it. We get caught up in operations, or competition, or marketshare, or share price. Yet a … Continue reading

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Just Making Technology Work Is Hard Work

Apple’s philosophy for technology is, “just make it work.” I had one of the early pre-iPod mp3 players. It was a great piece, lots of battery life, played every format out there at the time… and within a year I had … Continue reading

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