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Deconstructing Google’s Strategy

After Google’s I/O announcements, I flashed back to a dozen or so conversations I’ve had with executives and entrepreneurs about what Google is doing. Reading between the lines, some imagined buying yachts after a Google acquisition. Others feared downgrading to an inner tube if Google entered their space.  The best way to … Deconstructing Google’s StrategyRead More …

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First Manufacturing, Now It’s Bye Bye Tech

It’s not fair to single out Apple when it comes to tax avoidance. Every big company uses loopholes and buys fresh ones at the Congressional Campaign gift shop. The New Republic made an interesting connection between all these unpaid taxes and nonstop lobbying for cheaper, indentured H1-B tech workers. This is the same thing manufacturing companies successfully … First Manufacturing, Now It’s …

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Finding Fulfillment in the Digital Workplace (CMS Wire Interview w/Steve Faktor)

An interview I did with CMS Wire By Blake Landau (@blakelandau)   Jan 21, 2013 Steve Faktor is the author of Econovation and the Harvard Business Review article “Happiness Will Not Be Downloaded.” Faktor is an entrepreneur, futurist and digital commerce expert. He was a senior executive at American Express, Citi and MasterCard. … Finding Fulfillment in the …

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Three Ways to Reinvent Retail for Men

To many men, shopping for clothes is like doing your own brain surgery – you’re in no condition to know when you’ve screwed up. Sure, single men must dress up to attract mates. Those poor, unsuspecting women have no clue what fashion nightmares await them. Marriage does to men’s fashion what irritable … Three Ways to Reinvent …

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Are you TED-worthy?

In one episode of Seinfeld, Elaine finds out the birth control sponge was discontinued. So she buys up all available inventory and obsesses over how “Spongeworthy” her many suitors are. Like Elaine, we luxuriate in the abundance of the information age, but it also hides some uncomfortable scarcities. In watching … Are you TED-worthy?Read More …

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Go Postal!

Now Everyone Can ‘Go Postal!’

Just got this confidentially from a friend working on this project for the US Post Office… It’s unreal. Original Email (names were changed/omitted): —– Forwarded Message —– From:  omitted To: omitted Sent: Wednesday, Jan 15, 2012 4:54 PM Subject: Proposal: New Post Office Business Model – Go Postal! Hi Dave, To follow up on … Now Everyone Can ‘Go …

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The Journalist’s Last Laugh: The Liberation of Digital Media Talent

As a journalism student at NYU, I remember my immigrant dad interrogating me suspiciously about a profession he couldn’t possibly understand. He asked me the kinds of questions you’d expect from an engineer who just risked everything to drag his family out of the Soviet Union. “How will you make … The Journalist’s Last Laugh: …

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