How a Swedish Grocery Store Beat Amazon Go to the Punch

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The Internet is buzzing about Amazon Go, Amazon's new self-service grocery store. At the flagship Amazon Go in Seattle, opening in January 2017, anyone with an Amazon account, a supported smartphone, and the Amazon Go app will simply take what they want from the store and leave with no check-out ...

Content Master: The Morton Arboretum

Monday, November 21st, 2016

As the leaves of autumn give way to the bare branches of winter, the Morton Arboretum is a place of both refuge and inspiration. The preserve west of Chicago has a well-deserved reputation as a destination for hiking and bicycling amid the trees, ponds, and fields that comprise the 1,700-acre grounds. ...

Al Green and the Family War

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Art can divide a family. In 1973, my family lived near a network of ponds and fields on the northern fringe of Battle Creek, Michigan. You can visit the neighborhood anytime through Google Street View and even check out our old house at 242 Wanondoger Trail. The area still looks pretty ...

Content Is King in Virtual Reality

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Virtual reality believers have had a lot to smile about lately, as Facebook and Google took big steps to make VR mainstream. On October 4, Google launched its anticipated $79 Daydream View VR headset, part of Google's toolkit to embed VR into our lives through Google's ecosystem, whether we're watching concerts ...

Snap Makes a Run at Affluent Millennials

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

As soon as Snap Inc. announced the launch of its Spectacles video recording shades, the digerati began comparing Spectacles to Google Glass and pondering whether Spectacles would capture consumers' imagination in ways Google Glass failed to do. But I don't believe Snap CEO Evan Spiegel cares whether Spectacles finds a ...

Every Picture Tells My Story

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

When you reach your 50s, you start to experience the cruelties that life visits upon you if you hang around long enough, such as losing people you love or a job that puts bread on the table. The 50s are also a time of reflection, whether you're patting yourself on ...

SIM Partners Makes It Easier to “Ride There with Uber”

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Location is a catalyst for the $57.6 billion on-demand economy. Case in point: today SIM Partners, a location marketing technology platform provider (and one of my clients) announced that the company has made it possible for brick-and-mortar businesses ranging from restaurants to retailers to add a "Ride There with Uber" button to ...

How Uber Feeds an Appetite for Disruption

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The news about Uber rolling out self-driving cars later in August underscores the reason why Uber has become a multi-billion dollar brand within seven years: Uber's core competence is not ride-sharing -- it's disruption. Uber has consistently developed and modified its business model to either drive or participate in disruption. Consider ...

A Place of Magic

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Photo credit: Brian Schultz “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now . . . Come further up, come further in!” -- C.S. Lewis, The Last ...

Why Ed Sheeran Might Need to Pay up in Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Ed Sheeran is having a tough summer. In June, the writers of Matt Cardle’s single "Amazing" slapped Sheeran with a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming that Sheeran's 2014 song "Photograph," from his album X, copied "note-for-note" Cardle's "Amazing," written in 2009. On August 10, Sheeran was hit with another ...