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The Big Difference Between Startups Now vs During the Last Bubble

There’s a lot of talk about the next tech bubble. And while I’m sure there will be market adjustments (as there always is) I think there are a lot of things that are more over inflated than the tech world. Like education, personal debt and I still think the housing crisis isn’t over. I said [...]

What Should Big Book Retailers Do To Stay Relevant? What Would You Do?

In the news today, Borders is closing all remaining stores. It was unavoidable that a few of the big bookstores were doomed. But even Borders larger competitor, Barnes and Noble is struggling. Both have launched eReaders to challenge the Kindle. B&N’s Nook is doing better than the Borders backed Kobo (which still lives on). The [...]

What Is Your Value Timeline?

I have a confession. I’m actually not a big Seth Godin fan. I like him well enough and I think he’s talented at coming up with great analogies not coming up with anything new. I don’t mean to disrespect him, I just don’t think he’s as great as most in the Marketing World seem to think. But [...]

Why I’m Betting on Pandora Even if They’re Not Profitable (yet): Persistence, Perseverance, Pivot, Personalization [10 Links]

I love Pandora (@Pandora_Radio). I’m a proud premium member and use the service on just about every device I own. I’ve been a fan of the service since I first learned about it 6 years ago. Their ability to customize and recommend music boarders on magical. I’ve discovered more great new music from Pandora in [...]

I Tweet Therefore I Yam

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak on the Social in the Enterprise panel at Social Media 301 #SM301. It was a really good panel (if I do say so myself) and the best part is that I’ve got to speak with @lizasperling (who works at @seesmic), @themaria (who works at @yammer), @danielwrasmus and moderated [...]

Rebirth of the Wristwatch: Forget Tablets and Smartphones, I Want A Micro Computing Device Strapped to My Wrist

Four years ago I noted that even before the recession hit wrist watches were dying. Who needs a wrist watch when every device you carry with you tells the time? I personally have not worn a wrist watch in 5 or 6 years. Most people I know who wear a watch wear one because its [...]

My Next Step Towards World Domination: Social Media in Europe, The Middle East and Africa

I have been writing here on this site for 4 years and 4 months. If you’ve been reading along for that long (thank you) you will have seen a significant amount of change in my life over those 52 months. For those of you who may be newer to the site and to my life [...]

Should Brands Build Their Own Social Networks?

The short answer is yes. Brands should build their own social networks, especially when you think of it in the non-digital sense. But should brands build their own social networking site? That’s a more complicated question. This is a question I used to get multiple times a week… 3 or 4 years ago. I don’t get [...]

What Steve Jobs Learned From Walt Disney About Organizational Design

There is a much talked about article about Apple and Steve Jobs done by Fortune. The problem is that you can’t get the article online, nor is the article found in the edition that is currently available on the newsstands. You can only get the article if you have the Fortune iPad app. So while [...]

The New Social CMO

Four years ago, way back in 2007 I wrote about a Clayton Christensen article “Finding the Right Job for Your Product.” Clayton Christensen is of course famous for his groundbreaking book The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business. Way back then in 2007 the average CMO lasted 23.5 months, [...]

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