Telsa received some very good news last week when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that driver error, not a failure in the company’s Autopilot feature, killed driver Joshua Brown. If their ruling had gone the other way, NHTSA might have spelled doom for Tesla. After all, CEO Elon Musk’s crown jewel is […]

The first step to demand creation often requires investing in hard-to-measure marketing tactics. Unlike bottom-of-funnel metrics, e.g. customer acquisition, knowing how well top-of-funnel activities work requires relying on metrics that I’ve never found very satisfying. They include aided or unaided awareness, ad recall, and reach and frequency. Public relations, or PR, falls in this hard-to-measure category. In […]

On Thursday, February 17, 2011, President Barack Obama joined a dinner hosted by venture capitalist and Democratic donor John Doerr. It included a who’s-who of Silicon Valley executives, including leaders from Facebook, Google, Apple and others. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump hosted a meeting convened with the help of venture capitalist and Republican […]

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Following this November’s U.S. presidential election, many parents found themselves having to tell anxious children what a Trump administration would mean. If you have a friend or loved one who works in technology, it wouldn’t hurt to have a version of this talk with them, too. That’s because a Trump presidency is likely to usher […]

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After Facebook’s most recent blowout quarter, the question is, “Where do we go from here?” For the last several quarters, I’ve been comparing the top-line revenue for both Alphabet/Google and Facebook through their first 17 quarters as publicly traded companies. Google’s 17 quarter ended December 31, 2008, while Facebook’s ended on September 30, 2016. As […]

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At the conclusion of every quarter, investors, researchers, and members of the news media all want to get a read on whether Facebook can continue its impressive growth. Because I work for Ampush, a Facebook Marketing Partner, or FMP, I get a lot of those questions. After nearly every quarter, I come to the same […]