Monthly Archives: June 2016

A Brexit Beneficiary: UK’s Tech Industry

In his book Guns, Germs, and Steel, author Jared Diamond argues that the reason Europeans colonized South America and Africa, and not the other way around, can be traced to built-in environmental benefits that helped expedite the transformation from nomadic to agrarian societies. Social groups that happened to live near places where grains naturally occurred […]

An Underdog In A Mobile-First World, Microsoft Needs LinkedIn To Connect Smartphone Users And B2B Advertisers

Remember when Microsoft bought Skype ($8.5 billion)? That was the key to Microsoft’s mobile strategy. How about the time Microsoft bought Mojang, the creator of Minecraft ($2.5 billion)? The title’s loyal, premium-paying following and cross-generational appeal was the key to Microsoft’s mobile strategy. Then Microsoft bought Nokia’s smartphone business ($9.465 billion). Now THAT was the engine […]

Apple, The Inventor Of The “Killer App,” Suddenly Finds Itself Without One

If you work in tech, when was the last time you thought about or even uttered the words “killer app?” It wasn’t that long ago when every consumer-facing ecosystem obsessed over them. Just as the first-person shooter Halo single-handedly drove sales of the Xbox game console, a killer mobile app makes consumers lust for the hardware that supports […]

Mary Meeker And The (Non) Death Of Industries

Over the last 25 years, governments all over the world have banned or severely restricted the production and use of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. Once the refrigerant of choice for air conditioners, CFCs were discovered to threaten the planet’s protective ozone layer. Less damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbons soon replaced CFCs in nearly every use case. Production of CFCs ended, […]