Review: Brad Stone’s Lively ‘The Upstarts’ Chronicles Uber, Airbnb and the Sharing Economy

Uber and Airbnb have radically impacted taxis/car rental, hotels and vacation rentals. If they have their way, they’ll soon be disrupting a whole new set of adjacent local industries, including food delivery, local tours and “experiences.” Business Week’s Brad Stone, author of “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and The Age of Amazon,” and one of […]

Media Cos Shifting ‘Labs’ Towards Productization, Revenue

Media companies – like their counterparts in Software, Hardware, FinTech, Telecom, Retail, Travel and Insurance – are seeking to get a jump on potential disruptions (and disruptors) with media labs focused on changes in technology, consumer habits, distribution and industry scale. Some are investing in next generation companies. Others have contributed to forward looking efforts […]

Making Next Generation Labs Front and Center

Many companies engage in “innovation theater,” where they showcase a new generation of products to highlight an executive’s vision, impress shareholders and investors, win favorable press, build their brand, and fake out the competition. Elon Musk has proved himself to be a master of innovation theater, most recently by showcasing the Hyperloop magnetic train connecting […]

Snap’s IPO: Some Data From The Geo-Filter Based ‘Camera Company’

Snap has issued its highly anticipated IPO filing, and hopes for raising up to $4 Billion. The IPO filing revealed a lot of new data, and repositioned the Venice,CA-based social player as “a camera company” that “represents an opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.” Snap’s appeal to advertisers is its real power […]

6 ‘Local’ Truisms (+ Previews of Borrell LOAC, LSA Shows)

We’ve probably looked at local from every side: social, brands/location, data/analytics, mobile, search, marketplaces and community. Through it all, some truisms have developed about local: 1. Facebook should be part of every solution. And Google generally is. 2. Vertical beats horizontal for better search and content 3. Location-specific search drives the most transactions, especially for […]