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Following this, my 200th blog post, it’s time for a change. In the future, you will see fewer new posts from me. I don’t know what the frequency will become, though once every 4-6 weeks feels about right. This has nothing to do with this blog’s core theme – disruptive tech, trends, and opportunities – about […]

Reactions to Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 7 suggest that we have reached a plateau in smartphone industrial design. After all, Apple, the king of silicon chic, finally didn’t deliver a package that wowed. In fact, Apple’s “courageous” euthanizing of the headphone jack seems to either perplex, annoy, or strike a funny bone. I get the hullabaloo. […]

NFL head coaches struggle with job security. Going into the 2016-17 season, team owners fired six head coaches. This followed seven more who got the axe going into last season. With just 32 professional football teams, the resulting 40.6% turnover over the last two seasons is awfully high. Memo to NFL head coaches: rent before […]

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post entitled, “Why The Creatives In the Room Still Matter As Ad Dollars Shift To Mobile.” In it, I observed that marketers’ push into mobile would require talented designers and copywriters to ensure that consumers actually engaged. Since then, mobile has evolved considerably and in most ways is […]

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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. […]