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June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Apple Watch

The “wearables” field was already on fire when Apple threw its hat into the ring in 2015. In classic Apple fashion, the company reinvented the category, from interface to Apple Pay, downright to the intricacies of attaching watchband...

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Airbnb
June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Airbnb

Airbnb has ushered in the concept of “home optimization,” offering homeowners the same opportunity to boost cash flow the major airlines have enjoyed for years, a disruptive innovation. The option of staying in someone’s private dw...

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FedEx plane
May 28, 2017Ubertrends,

Time Compression

Engineer Percy Spencer at defense contractor Raytheon notices something peculiar. While testing a new vacuum tube, called a magnetron, a candy bar melts in his pocket. Intrigued, Spencer places some popcorn near the tube and watches in a...

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May 14, 2017Innovation,

Innovation 101

We are in the midst of an era of sweeping change, with major challenges to address, such as poverty, and new planets to explore, like Mars. With all of the recurring talk of change and reinvention, it’s a given that the word innovation...

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May 11, 2017Reviews,

Technivorm Moccamaster

Disclosure, I was Dutch-born although now I’m a dyed-in-the-wool American, but despite that inherent bias, I will give you my dos centavos of the Technivorm Moccamaster, a highly rated and accomplished coffee maker born in the Netherla...

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May 2, 2017Innovation, ,

Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is a visionary man. His Starbucks vision has catapulted the company to the exalted position of the world’s No. 1 coffee retailer. Today, there are some 25,572 Starbucks stores worldwide and in 2016 Starbuck...

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May 1, 2017Trends,

Grayfields

The headlines are telling: “American Apparel files for second bankruptcy,” “The Limited Is Closing All 250 of Its Stores,” “Macy’s is closing 68 stores,” “Sears and Kmart Closing 150 Stores,”“Sports Authority Will Clo...

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May 1, 2017Trends, ,

Influencer Metrics

In the early 90s, the founder of Sidney Frank Importing Co. hired 20 young women, dubbed “Jagerettes,” to visit bars and use a spray gun to assist customers in gulping down Jägermeister. The tactic reaffirmed the power of marketing ...

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April 30, 2017Innovation, , , ,

Amazon

Amazon has changed the way America shops. In September 2016, Bloomberg reported that more than half of U.S. online consumers begin their product searches on Amazon.com’s site or mobile app. That was an early distant warning. America’...

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April 23, 2017Trends,

Virtual Reality

Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement that it has shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014, Facebook launched an augmented reality ecosystem at its F8 developer conference last w...

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April 21, 2017Trends, ,

Emoji

In January 2010, we wrote our first analysis on the use of smileys in which we advocated the adoption of a standardized emoticon language, dubbed EmotiScript. You are hereby forgiven if you considered what we wrote pure balderdash. We co...

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April 1, 2017Reviews,

CRM on the Mac

Things haven’t gotten much easier since our 2013 update, the Mac continues to be very weak in database management, especially in CRM-type solutions. Managing contacts is an arduous task on the Mac, particularly in the area of seamless ...

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March 18, 2017Innovation, ,

Four SXSW Takeaways

SXSW was, as usual, a spectacle to be experienced. Here are some key takeaways: Multitasking events – SXSW may remind you of the COMDEX conferences of yore, but with a twist. While there were many corporate parties at that long-forgott...

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March 16, 2017Trends,

Yoga Culture

Propelled by life’s mounting stresses, a by-product of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, the practice of yoga has exploded in the past 40 years. Yoga is now practiced by more than 200 million, according to th...

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March 9, 2017Innovation

Top 10 Innovators

Like that year-end ritual where some organizations claim to be able to pick the hottest trends of the next year, some market watchers compile lists of the top (fill-in-the-blank) most innovative companies. As much as trends do not adhere...

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February 23, 2017Trends, ,

Connected Home

You know that the smart home innovation has arrived when a CES 2017 exhibit hall in Las Vegas is teeming with Alexa-driven or other platform-connected air purifiers, mattresses, refrigerators, toasters, toothbrushes, trash cans and even ...

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February 18, 2017Trends, ,

Screensucking

Christmas 2015 was a beautiful day in San Diego. Joshua Burwell, a 33-year-old visiting from Sheridan, Ind., decided to hike Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset. Witnesses noticed someone distracted by an “electronic device” seconds be...

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April 9, 2016Innovation,

HP Spectre 13

We love laptops so much that aficionados at NotebookReview have given it the oh-so-cute diminutive “lappy.” The innovative new HP Spectre 13 ($1,170) qualifies as our latest seductress with her beautiful lines and very sexy copper accents....

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December 27, 2015Innovation, , ,

Domino’s

While FedEx was first to introduce parcel tracking in 1986, Domino’s is the first restaurant to apply the technology to pizza delivery. The Pizza Tracker combined with Domino’s radically reinventive “tasted like cardboard” campai...

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December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Sketch

You can’t call Sketch an overnight success. Its creator, Pieter Omvlee, has been working on it for 10 years now. But what Sketch has achieved in that timespan is truly noteworthy. Sketch, a Mac only software, has become “quite the da...

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December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Slack

Slack launched in August 2013 and one year later it had already attracted 1.1 million users. By December 2015 that figure had reached 2 million users, 570,000 of whom were paid accounts. With that type of heady growth, it’s no surprise...

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December 27, 2015Innovation, ,

Tesla

You know the Tesla effect is rippling across the auto industry when a headline proclaims that “Porsche, Mercedes building electric cars to challenge Tesla.” Comments one insider, “Although competitors are years behind, things might...

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June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Apple Watch

The “wearables” field was already on fire when Apple threw its hat into the ring in 2015. In classic Apple fashion, the company reinvented the category, from interface to Apple Pay, downright to the intricacies of attaching watchband...

0
Airbnb
June 22, 2017Innovation, ,

Airbnb

Airbnb has ushered in the concept of “home optimization,” offering homeowners the same opportunity to boost cash flow the major airlines have enjoyed for years, a disruptive innovation. The option of staying in someone’s private dw...

0
FedEx plane
May 28, 2017Ubertrends,

Time Compression

Engineer Percy Spencer at defense contractor Raytheon notices something peculiar. While testing a new vacuum tube, called a magnetron, a candy bar melts in his pocket. Intrigued, Spencer places some popcorn near the tube and watches in a...

0
May 14, 2017Innovation,

Innovation 101

We are in the midst of an era of sweeping change, with major challenges to address, such as poverty, and new planets to explore, like Mars. With all of the recurring talk of change and reinvention, it’s a given that the word innovation...

0
May 11, 2017Reviews,

Technivorm Moccamaster

Disclosure, I was Dutch-born although now I’m a dyed-in-the-wool American, but despite that inherent bias, I will give you my dos centavos of the Technivorm Moccamaster, a highly rated and accomplished coffee maker born in the Netherla...

0
May 2, 2017Innovation, ,

Starbucks

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is a visionary man. His Starbucks vision has catapulted the company to the exalted position of the world’s No. 1 coffee retailer. Today, there are some 25,572 Starbucks stores worldwide and in 2016 Starbuck...

0
May 1, 2017Trends,

Grayfields

The headlines are telling: “American Apparel files for second bankruptcy,” “The Limited Is Closing All 250 of Its Stores,” “Macy’s is closing 68 stores,” “Sears and Kmart Closing 150 Stores,”“Sports Authority Will Clo...

0
May 1, 2017Trends, ,

Influencer Metrics

In the early 90s, the founder of Sidney Frank Importing Co. hired 20 young women, dubbed “Jagerettes,” to visit bars and use a spray gun to assist customers in gulping down Jägermeister. The tactic reaffirmed the power of marketing ...

0
April 30, 2017Innovation, , , ,

Amazon

Amazon has changed the way America shops. In September 2016, Bloomberg reported that more than half of U.S. online consumers begin their product searches on Amazon.com’s site or mobile app. That was an early distant warning. America’...

0
April 23, 2017Trends,

Virtual Reality

Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement that it has shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014, Facebook launched an augmented reality ecosystem at its F8 developer conference last w...

0
April 21, 2017Trends, ,

Emoji

In January 2010, we wrote our first analysis on the use of smileys in which we advocated the adoption of a standardized emoticon language, dubbed EmotiScript. You are hereby forgiven if you considered what we wrote pure balderdash. We co...

0
April 1, 2017Reviews,

CRM on the Mac

Things haven’t gotten much easier since our 2013 update, the Mac continues to be very weak in database management, especially in CRM-type solutions. Managing contacts is an arduous task on the Mac, particularly in the area of seamless ...

0
March 18, 2017Innovation, ,

Four SXSW Takeaways

SXSW was, as usual, a spectacle to be experienced. Here are some key takeaways: Multitasking events – SXSW may remind you of the COMDEX conferences of yore, but with a twist. While there were many corporate parties at that long-forgott...

0
March 16, 2017Trends,

Yoga Culture

Propelled by life’s mounting stresses, a by-product of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, the practice of yoga has exploded in the past 40 years. Yoga is now practiced by more than 200 million, according to th...

0
March 9, 2017Innovation

Top 10 Innovators

Like that year-end ritual where some organizations claim to be able to pick the hottest trends of the next year, some market watchers compile lists of the top (fill-in-the-blank) most innovative companies. As much as trends do not adhere...

0
February 23, 2017Trends, ,

Connected Home

You know that the smart home innovation has arrived when a CES 2017 exhibit hall in Las Vegas is teeming with Alexa-driven or other platform-connected air purifiers, mattresses, refrigerators, toasters, toothbrushes, trash cans and even ...

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