Cisco’s Jenn Allen at The B2SMB Summit: Making Tech a Competitive Advantage

Wireless, AI and other tech enhancements, on some levels, represent new ways for SMBs to add value to their customers, bring in business, and create new operational efficiencies. It’s a big topic for us at The B2SMB Summit, where we’ll hear from a number of leaders in the space, including Cisco’s Go-to-Market Lead Jenn Allen, […]

New Event: ‘The B2SMB Summit’ Focuses on Scaling SMB Sales Solutions

For all those that say that selling and engaging SMBs is critical but has to “scale”…here’s an exciting and unique new event on Business-to-SMB sales solutions. Powered by our friends at BizHive and sponsored by Business.com, The B2SMB Summit (Business to SMB) takes place Oct. 3-4 in Chicago at 1871 Accelerator (Precon) and Revel Fulton. […]

Betting on Local Wi-Fi: A Look at ZenReach and LinkNYC

Sometimes, you want to cut the telecom chord and rely on Wi-Fi and Skype. Well — Good luck with that! When you get beyond Starbucks, McDonalds and the public library, Wi-Fi signals can be kind of spotty. Currently, 28 percent of SMBs provide some type of Wi-Fi service, according to Unacast. Is there a good […]

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 […]

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 […]

ChasePay Plays ‘Catch Up’ With LevelUp Investment

Banks and credit card companies are hoping that mobile payments help them build a deeper relationship with millenials and stave off disrupters such as Apple, PayPal, Samsung and Google. They definitely bring volume to the industry – Chase says that one million of its 24 million mobile customers have adopted ChasePay. But they generally haven’t […]

Why Pokemon Go Was The Biggest Local Story in 2016

What have been local game changers? My short list includes the rise of MapQuest; Craigslist; Google Local search; Yelp reviews; Small Business Saturday; and Groupon. This year’s candidate would be Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game from a founder of Google Maps that “lures” consumers to local stores, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and parks in […]