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  • Why newspaper subscriptions are on the rise Crunch Network

    Why newspaper subscriptions are on the rise

    So much for the death of the newspaper industry. A recent study found that more than 169 million U.S. adults read newspapers every month, in print, online or mobile. That’s almost 70 percent of the population. Why are readers and publishers alike embracing paid subscriptions for content services over ad-based business models? Read More

  • Large CPGs are under attack by startups… and consumers are winning Crunch Network

    Large CPGs are under attack by startups… and consumers are winning

    Consumer packaged goods are big business — valued at more than $2 trillion — with much of that market share dominated by CPG powerhouses like Unilever, P&G and Nestlé. These CPG leaders know a lot about packaged goods — a lot about how to manufacture and market and sell at scale. But, as is becoming more and more apparent, they don’t really know very much at all… Read More

  • To compete with Amazon, Walmart should cut itself in half Crunch Network

    To compete with Amazon, Walmart should cut itself in half

    Walmart latest earnings report wasn’t pretty. Overall revenue growth came in at a tepid o.7% for the first half of the fiscal year. Their e-commerce sales grew 11.8%, but the total e-commerce market is tearing ahead at 15% quarterly growth, which means they’re actively losing that market. Oh, and they bought a massively unprofitable e-commerce vendor for $3.3 billion dollars to make… Read More

  • How Prince and Bowie started streaming music services Crunch Network

    How Prince and Bowie started streaming music services

    In the wake of Prince’s untimely death, more and more stories have been revealed about his secret life of good works: anonymous checks, civil rights activism, charity concerts, etc. But I’d like to talk about something else — the NPG Music Club, an online subscription music club founded on Valentine’s Day 2001 as a virtual love letter to Prince’s many fans. Read More

  • Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ is the first SaaS album Crunch Network

    Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ is the first SaaS album

    Kanye West dropped a new album, sort of. It’s not really finished yet – he’s still publicly tweaking lyrics, arranging the song order, adding and subtracting material. In the technology industry, we would call The Life of Pablo a minimum viable product. That may sound like a pejorative term, but a minimum viable product is actually incredibly important. Read More

  • Amazon’s New Bookstore Flips The Script Crunch Network

    Amazon’s New Bookstore Flips The Script

    Amazon’s new bookstore in Seattle has been getting a lot of questions and criticism — but only from people who think there’s still a distinction between online and physical retail. Analysts who try to set up a life-or-death dynamic between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar are missing the point entirely. The real story right now in the $4.5 trillion U.S. retail industry is a… Read More

  • Why Today’s Automobile Industry Looks A Lot Like IBM in 1985 Crunch Network

    Why Today’s Automobile Industry Looks A Lot Like IBM in 1985

    With the number of mobile phone subscriptions shortly expected to exceed the total global population, what is the next great connected device going to look like? Hint: It’ll have four wheels. Gartner predicts that there will be 250 million connected cars on the road by 2020. That means one in every three cars on the road will be connected. Read More