Monthly Archives: December 2015

What Ford Motor Co. Needs To Avoid Nokia’s Fate

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Ford and Alphabet Inc. (nee Google) are in talks to partner on the production of self-driving cars. Ford CEO Mark Shields is said to be concerned that his company must not become the automotive version of Nokia, a hardware giant that failed to adapt as smartphones and […]

If Movie Trailers Are To Films What Pitch Decks Are To Start-Ups, The 1977 Star Wars Ep. IV Trailer Is A Epic Fail

Movie trailers are a lot like pitch decks for venture capitalists (VCs). Both must hook their audiences in in a fraction of the time it would take to explain the whole enterprise. They work best when guided by an structural paradigm, such as Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat” or Noah Parsons’ elements of successful pitch decks. They also need […]

Facebook The Chameleon

Last month, Benedict Evans penned a blog post that talked about the limitations and consequences of the mental models that that we all use to frame innovation. We search for degrees of sameness to determine how much alike the new thing is to the old. For example, it was easy to understand cars as a new-and-improved […]

Yahoo Has Become The Nokia Of Internet Companies

A company that once flexed its consumer tech dominance in the 1990s and early 2000s falls on hard times because its legacy strength has become a flat to declining business. The cause: everything rapidly moved from PC to mobile. A new CEO with a record of success at a tech titan takes the helm. This […]