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  • Preventing Digital Memory Loss

    Preventing Digital Memory Loss

    Editor’s Note: Kevin Skobac is a senior vice president for innovation, digital and social at SS+K and the co-founder of SS+K Labs, an in-house incubator of creative technologies.  For many years we’ve been blissfully riding a personal digital media revolution.  Better technology has solved more problems, enabling us to do more, consume more, and create more. The excitement… Read More

  • 2014 Hack Retrospective, Or Why Security Ecosystems Matter

    2014 Hack Retrospective, Or Why Security Ecosystems Matter

    The “Year of the Hack” will probably be one way that 2014 will be remembered. But it actually began in 2013 with a phishing email. There are clues to how hacks that began in 2013 (some even earlier) continue to reverberate, even as we begin into a New Year. Read More

  • Is YouTube The Yahoo Of 2015?

    Is YouTube The Yahoo Of 2015?

    The great story of Silicon Valley: A company, once ahead of its time, ceases to innovate for almost a decade while continuing to make billions off its legacy business model — ad sales. Then that once-great company dies. In the proud American tradition of AOL, Yahoo, and GeoCities, I present YouTube. Ever notice how its homepage looks almost the same as it did in 2007? Read More

  • Before You Make That Pivot

    Before You Make That Pivot

    According to Eric Ries, A pivot is a “structured course correction designed to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product, strategy, and engine of growth.”[1] The rise of the Lean Startup methodology, however, has led entrepreneurs to indulge and glorify the pivot without fully weighing the consequences. Changing course opportunistically is a key part of starting a… Read More

  • Happy New Year — Unless You’re A Startup

    Happy New Year — Unless You’re A Startup

    As we enter a new year, innovation is advancing across a broad front — mobile, data analytics, virtualization, security, the sharing economy, payment systems and more. That’s the good news. Here’s the not-so-good news. As in the period leading up to the dot-com bust in the late ’90s, enthusiasm for technology startups is running ahead of their reasonable prospects. We… Read More

  • Run A Nonprofit Like A Startup To Move Fast And Help Things

    Run A Nonprofit Like A Startup To Move Fast And Help Things

    The nonprofit model is broken. Unless you’re part of a unicorn nonprofit like Charity: Water then your organization likely has too much overhead, too much bureaucracy, and a lack of focus on impact. Everything feels slow. Read More

  • Would Smart Travel Solutions Find My Luggage, Which United Airlines Lost?

    Would Smart Travel Solutions Find My Luggage, Which United Airlines Lost?

    A few weeks ago at a dinner party, my companions and I were discussing travel startup ideas. The conversation fancifully ambled into a Bluetooth-enabled carry-on suitcase that would always stay within arm’s reach when walking through airports. How we laughed thinking about the idea. Read More

  • The Incredible Lightness Of Cloud Computing

    The Incredible Lightness Of Cloud Computing

    I spent a good good part of my weekend clearing my office of a couple of decades of accumulated software. As I discarded dozens of 3.5 floppies and CDs, and recycled piles of boxes and documentation — the flotsam and jetsam of an earlier computing age — I realized just how much easier computing is in 2015. Not all that long ago, there were no app stores and software came in… Read More

  • My Entrepreneurial Journey To Becoming A Digital Athlete

    My Entrepreneurial Journey To Becoming A Digital Athlete

    “Entrepreneur” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of me. People know me as a New York Knick, an Orangeman, an Olympian, a Nugget, a husband and a father. But I also consider myself an entrepreneur. Read More

  • In 2015, Consumer Will Be King In Healthcare

    In 2015, Consumer Will Be King In Healthcare

    In 2015, the consumer will really be in the driver’s seat, and this is especially true in the healthcare world. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is here to stay. Now health insurers today have little choice but to dramatically revise their 50-year old business models that focused on employer-sponsored group products and focus on the consumers who have so much… Read More

  • The Real Cybercrime Geography

    The Real Cybercrime Geography

    When Sony Pictures was the target of a recent cyber attack, computer experts were quick to speculate that North Korea was behind the digital infiltration. Things happen quickly in the digital world, and now many experts are doubting the original idea that North Korea walked around inside Sony servers in reprisal for “The Interview.” Read More

  • Hiring Cultural Creatives

    Hiring Cultural Creatives

    To attract top talent, startups are in an arms race to offer the best perks. From free organic meals and unlimited vacation, to yoga classes, gym passes, free iPhones and signing bonuses, companies are constantly trying to come up with the killer combination of perks that will get top candidates to sign on the dotted line. Read More

  • A CEO Way With Words

    A CEO Way With Words

    The dialogue of today’s corporate leaders is changing, and as the polished personas of the past begin to disappear into a sea of corporate babble, a new breed of CEO has emerged with a street talk and swagger that would make your mother blush. Case in point are leaders likeJohn Legere of T-Mobile, Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, and Reed Hasting of Netflix to name a few. They’re the… Read More

  • Private Marketplaces: The Death Knell For Publishers?

    Private Marketplaces: The Death Knell For Publishers?

    Private marketplaces (PMPs) provide publishers with a new avenue for selling premium inventory to an exclusive set of buyers. Launched with the best of intentions, they’re an attempt to reconcile competing interests in an evolving marketplace. At first glance, PMPs appear to be a mutually beneficial arrangement for both publishers and advertisers. In practice, however, it’s far from… Read More

  • The Sharing Economy And The Future Of Finance

    The Sharing Economy And The Future Of Finance

    Banking has gone from somewhere you go to something you do. If we are to believe that the sharing economy will shape our future, banking and all financial services will become something that merely exists in the background, similar to other basic utilities. Read More

  • Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

    Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

    These are heady days for education technology. In fact, with big investments in outfits like Everspring and Udemy, I’d say 2014 was the biggest year yet in edtech. However, if you thought that was impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet. What does 2015 hold for the year in this fast-moving sector? Read More

  • 11 Ways Old Journalism Was The Worst

    11 Ways Old Journalism Was The Worst

    In October of last year, Brookings published an essay by Robert Kaiser entitled “The Bad News About The News,” which was probably well-intentioned, but was also — I’m sorry to say — hilariously bloviated, self-important, and wrongheaded. It did, however, accidentally raise a few quite interesting points. Read More

  • Oracle Is Getting Ahead Of The Competition When It Comes To Data

    Oracle Is Getting Ahead Of The Competition When It Comes To Data

    Hot on the heels of a partnership with Dun & Bradstreet, the announcement of the Datalogix acquisition marks an aggressive move on Oracle’s part — an attempt to prove to the market that they’re getting serious about data-driven marketing. Salesforce had added Datalogix to its Marketing Cloud back in April 2014. This Oracle acquisition will probably be making some… Read More

  • The Cybersecurity Tipping Point

    The Cybersecurity Tipping Point

    As we bear witness to the aftermath of major attacks this year against the likes of Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus and most recently, Sony, it becomes clear that we are entering an entirely new “war” against cyber crime. Those who do not change their approach will lose. Read More

  • Offshoring Data Won’t Protect It From The NSA

    Offshoring Data Won’t Protect It From The NSA

    The natural reaction of many citizens, companies and governments is to try to get their data out of the United States and out of the hands of American companies.  The idea is a seductive one, even for Americans.  Offshoring money has been a popular strategy for tax avoidance.  Why not offshore data to a foreign company? This offshoring of data to avoid surveillance is not just an idle… Read More