• The VR-Smartwatch Continuum

    The VR-Smartwatch Continuum

    There’s a lot of enthusiasm at either end of the spectrum for “go big” virtual reality and “go small” smartwatches and other wearable devices. Is the “game-changing” hype of either justified? Or are they overblown? Read More

  • Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Unpacking Etsy’s S1

    Etsy’s S1 filing didn’t disappoint. Etsy is a powerful business with extraordinary network effects. Its customers are extremely loyal, and its committed sellers are earning significant income. But there are legitimate concerns: it is the quintessential case study on the challenge of low margin platforms. Additionally, it faces uphill challenges – a slowing growth curve… Read More

  • Chairman Wheeler Predicts FCC Will Beat Legal Challenge To Net Neutrality

    Chairman Wheeler Predicts FCC Will Beat Legal Challenge To Net Neutrality

    Now that the FCC is the subject of several lawsuits, and its leader, Chairman Tom Wheeler, was dragged in front of Congress repeatedly to answer the same battery of inanity, it’s worth checking in to see how the agency is feeling. Is it confident that its recent vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will hold? Yes, unsurprisingly. Recently, Wheeler gave… Read More

  • Crossing the Cybersecurity Trust Chasm

    Crossing the Cybersecurity Trust Chasm

    We need to (re)build trust: between the government and the public; between a company and its employees; between a company and its customers; between different private sector companies; and finally between the government and the private sector. Read More

  • Reimagining Everyday Objects

    Reimagining Everyday Objects

    Can we agree that the term “internet of things” should go away when we’re talking about consumer products? Like the “world wide web” before it, the internet of things phrase is a relic from the past. I don’t need a connected washing machine or internet-enabled color changing LED light bulb and nor does anyone else. “Things” don’t need… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    America is finally discovering what Asia has known for years: mobile messaging is a commerce platform. Read More

  • Meerkat And Periscope Aren’t Sure What To Do With Their Hands

    Meerkat And Periscope Aren’t Sure What To Do With Their Hands

    What is it about us that makes us do weird things on new apps? Just two days into the launch of the new live streaming app Periscope and showing off the contents of our fridge to thousands of strangers around the Internet is a thing. The hashtags #fridgeview and #showusyourfridge regularly pop up during live streaming events on Periscope. This is a phenomenon that does not seem to exist on… Read More

  • The JOBS Act Is Progress But Much Remains To Be Done

    The JOBS Act Is Progress But Much Remains To Be Done

    We’re approaching the third anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, an omnibus bill of far-reaching financial reforms that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. Containing seven Titles, the legislation’s intent was, and is, to create cost-effective access to capital for companies of all sizes. Title II and Title III, the Access to Capital… Read More

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