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 […]

Bookshelf: ‘Digital Vortex’ is a Digital Playbook for Incumbents

Most business literature celebrates disrupters, but what should “incumbent” companies do to stay ahead of new competitors? How can they leverage digital capabilities and trends to steer themselves into the next generation? These are the questions addressed by a Cisco Initiatives/IMD team in a new book, “Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive […]

LocalOnliner Bookshelf: Chaos Monkey’s Inside View of Facebook

Disgruntled workers are writing the history of Silicon Valley, based on Dan Lyons’ funny and articulate Disrupted (actually, a book about HubSpot in Boston) and now, Antonio Garcia Martinez’s Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley. The latter, a hefty 496 page tome, goes through Garcia Martinez’ early experience as a quant-grunt […]

Review: The 2016 Innovation Mission Report Focuses on ‘Culture’

The local media companies have been shrinking and becoming increasingly irrelevant. Yet, they drive on as business entities, raising their circulation prices and reducing their days of operation to cover ad shortfalls. (I mostly stopped writing about traditional local media companies several years ago.) Can they work towards becoming relevant again? Outside of companies that […]