Monthly Archives: July 2016

Facebook vs. Google After 16 Quarters As Publicly Traded Companies: Facebook’s Great Leap

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 […]

Making A Case For Humanities Majors To Work In Tech

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 […]

Why Pokémon GO Will Devour, Not Propel, Augmented Reality

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 […]

Tesla’s Autopilot Steers Company Into Legal, Financial Peril

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 […]

Bastions Of Mobile Resistance

The success of Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, and many others has created a massive incentive for entrepreneurs to leverage mobile devices and computing horsepower from the cloud to remove friction from many industries. That’s why it’s so surprising to find products and services that still have not adapted to a mobile-first paradigm. These five hold-outs illustrate […]