Category Archive for: Technology

The Jack Ma Effect

The Jack Ma Effect. When Chinese Internet billionaire Jack Ma – founder of e-commerce behemoth Alibaba – started out looking for work in life, he was rejected left right and centre by dozens of companies, including KFC, which had just entered China. “I went to KFC when it came to my city. Twenty-four people went…

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Is the Internet ushering in a New Renaissance?

Is the Internet ushering in a New Renaissance? Caught a fascinating CBC interview with author Chris Kutarna. In his new book (co-written with Ian Goldin – Professor of Globalization & Development at Oxford University) Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, he postulates that “Now is the best moment in…

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Content + Community + Commerce = Content Marketing

Content + Community + Commerce = Content Marketing. I know I preach this on a regular basis, but marketing, my friends, is shifting. Marketing is no longer a one-way diatribe. I just spent time with some of the best content marketers on the planet at the Content Marketing World conference. The people who are on…

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Who owns your eyeballs?

Who owns your eyeballs? “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal.…

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Walmart buys a shiny new Jet(.com)

Walmart buys a shiny new Jet(.com). And, at $3.3 billion, it’s an expensive Jet to boot – the largest e-commerce acquisition in the market to date. It’s been interesting watching the reaction to this acquisition and what everyone has to say about it. It may seem obvious – to compete against Amazon – but here’s…

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Please don’t use the term “Olympics”

Please don’t use the term “Olympics.” Ok, so we are obviously in supersaturated Olympic mode, and everybody is not only feeling the fervor but also trying to capitalize on the zeitgeist that surrounds the games. This year, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) came out with a whole bunch of very outdated rules, laws and guidelines…

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The Internet is in its Infancy

The Internet is in its Infancy. In the late 60s the U.S. military began tinkering with “interwoven” networks creating ARPANET, which was the antecedent for today’s internet and served as the base of academic and military computer networks in the 80s. The world wide web as we know it came into its beginnings back in…

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Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds. Ok. Has the world flipped on its head? What once was the domain of the geek is now mainstream. As a kid, I used to “enthusiastically” play Dungeons and Dragons, read countless science-fiction fantasy books one after the other, play chess with a timer, and feast on a multitude of other…

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Pokémon Go takes over the Real World

Pokémon Go takes over the Real World. You have to have been hiding under a rock to miss the new Pokémon Go viral onslaught, as it’s all over the news, social media and has rippled the stock market. So, has augmented reality (AR) been brought squarely into the mainstream by Pikachu and friends? Nintendo has…

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The Bank of Starbucks

The Bank of Starbucks. Ok, so I have to come clean right off the bat – I’m addicted to the Starbucks app. I love its ease. I love the pay directly from my phone thing and not dealing with actual money – note to brands – most people do! And… I love how instantaneous the…

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