Google self driving car prototype

My favorite coffee is roasted in small batches by Kus Beham and sold under the brand Giacobean. I’ve visited his facility in Yonkers. He keeps bags of raw beans in burlap bags in plain view, and he can tell you where they come from and how he roasts them to develop their trademark nutty flavor. […]

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Proctor and Gamble (P&G), one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies, announced last week that it was rethinking its Facebook advertising strategy. Specifically, the company has concluded that Facebook’s advanced targeting capabilities, e.g. Moms in the South who drive Japanese minivans, aren’t more effective for its brands than more generic targeting, e.g. Women 25-49. […]

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No place on Earth has preserved the Gilded Age’s opulence more than Newport, Rhode Island. With its temperate climate and sandy beaches, it has attracted summer visitors for two centuries. The most famous of its residents were some of the country’s wealthiest families. They made their fortunes in the 18th and 19th centuries, predominantly in natural resources, transportation, and trade. […]

FB vs. Google - 16 quarters

Google’s/Alphabet’s 16th quarter as a publicly traded company came in Q3 2008. Facebook just passed that milestone at the end of June. I’ve been fascinated at just how each of them has grown top-line revenues. Their results over this time span have been eerily similar, with Facebook demonstrating more pronounced seasonality in Q4 than its search rival. You can […]

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At several times over the last 10 years, I’ve seriously considered taking online courses in coding and programming. It happened for the first time when the economy took a nosedive in 2008. The notion struck again as Nokia starting shedding enough jobs to fill a few professional basketball arenas. I felt it in 2012 while on board […]

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One of the most gratifying rewards of an 17-year career in business is recognizing when things I’ve experienced in the past repeat themselves. Trend-spotting builds confidence. I mention this because I had a front row seat for Pokémon’s first act and I’ve launched three augmented reality mobile apps, so I know the category pretty well. Put the […]

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I think Tesla is in trouble. The company has permitted market confusion about what its Autopilot feature can and cannot do. Following the death of a Tesla owner who perished when his car crashed while in Autopilot mode, this confusion gives lawyers the grist they need to take Tesla to the cleaners. It’s not hard to […]

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