Insights into Emerging Tech and the Industry

Breaking Up (Companies) is Hard to Do–But It Does Happen

Breaking Up (Companies) is Hard to Do–But It Does Happen

The backdrop was the 1980’s. The Reagan years. It’s a tale of two companies– AT&T and IBM.  The first was broken up by the government for having a near-absolute monopoly in telecommunications.  The other was left untouched because it promised to mend its...

An Ode to the Business Card

An Ode to the Business Card

What’s 3 ½ x 2 inches, been around the block a few times, and on it’s way out the door? It’s the traditional business card — a small memento, reminder, and reference device that comes from a physical meeting. Part of Suzann’s business card collection. People have an...

The New Mood Ring

The New Mood Ring

Technology might teach us a few things, but it also forces us to lose some skills. Our sense of direction was usurped by GPS. We now relegate even the simplest math problems to a spreadsheet or calculator. Spelling fell by the wayside with autocorrect. The list goes...

Beauty Goes Digital–Offline and On

Beauty Goes Digital–Offline and On

What is it about beauty that has resonated so much during the pandemic? Even in a year with face masks on and all of us sheltering in place, beauty was one of the leading categories in e-commerce. While lipstick sales may have been down because of the risk of mask...

CE Industry Leaders Share Their Insights on Business Today

CE Industry Leaders Share Their Insights on Business Today

  Robin Raskin Founder, VEG (Virtual Events Group)     Toni Sabatino CEO, Toni Sabatino Style President, NKBA Manhattan Chapter     Dawn Pratt CEO and Founder Tech Up for Women What’s been happening in the last couple of months in your business sector?...

How Cold and Impersonal Should Grocery Shopping Get?

How Cold and Impersonal Should Grocery Shopping Get?

If the pandemic taught us anything it was how to modify our shopping habits.  We Venmoed, learned to pick up curbside, used Instacart elves to squeeze our melons and tried on virtual approximations of the real clothes we purchased. Last week I hung around ShopTalk for...

I’ll Miss Bill and Melinda

I’ll Miss Bill and Melinda

Dear Melinda, I’ve been married to a geek for over 40 years. So believe me, I get it.  Of course I, like most of the columnists who’ve speculated on your breakup, have no inkling about the specifics of your situation. Nonetheless, when I heard the news I remarked to...

AOL and Yahoo: More Media Lives than the Kardashians

AOL and Yahoo: More Media Lives than the Kardashians

Patrick Houston, a former executive and colleague at Yahoo! reminded me of an old joke. “Did you hear the one about why Verizon bought both AOL and Yahoo? Because no one wants to die alone.” Gallows humor always has a ring to it. And so begins the next chapter for the...

Digital Twins Grow Up

Digital Twins Grow Up

If you’d asked me a week ago about my idea of what Digital Twins were, I would have answered “the Winklevoss brothers”, the techie twins who fought Mark Zuckerberg and recently appeared on Forbes’ cover as Bitcoin moguls. But there’s another sort of digital twin — a...

Can Facebook Break the Sound Barrier?

Can Facebook Break the Sound Barrier?

For tech geeks, life has always been divided into two camps. There’s the Swiss Army Knife camp that thinks that one piece of technology or one platform should be able to do it all.  And then there’s the camp who believe in best of breed… they run around with a tool...

Perfecting the Art of the Virtual (Meeting)

Perfecting the Art of the Virtual (Meeting)

Shindig is one of a number of new virtual event products to foster networking and intermingling while attending a live event. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… That goosebump-making line from Jaws could just as well apply to in-person meetings...

Can Tech Help Creatives Earn a Decent Living

Can Tech Help Creatives Earn a Decent Living

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina Benefactors have always served as patrons of creative people, from the Medicis to Madison Avenue. During the Renaissance, wealthy patrons supported a flourishing creative arts scene. During the “Mad Man” days, advertising supported mass...

Lessons Learned or Post-Covid Amnesia?

Lessons Learned or Post-Covid Amnesia?

Experience, it’s been said, is a tough teacher. She gives you the test first and then gives you the lessons. The past 12 months have tested us to a near biblical degree. We’ll spend the rest of eternity unpacking its lessons. The risk lies in forgetting everything...

Nature + Tech = Sustainable Fashion

Nature + Tech = Sustainable Fashion

“Fashion scientist” Amanda Parkes has been both fashion-forward and eco-minded ever since I’ve known her. We met over a decade ago when she was a PhD student at MIT studying (get this) tangible media. In her early post-graduate years, I watched her perfect wearable...

Audio: 2021’s Comeback Kid

Audio: 2021’s Comeback Kid

Those of you that grew up huddled around transistor radios and then happily moved to a world of screens, photos, videos and SMS will rejoice in audio’s rebound. Voice and audio are back and bigger than ever. In the last year there has been over $1 billion in...

The Next Land Grab Is Digital (An NFT Tutorial)

The Next Land Grab Is Digital (An NFT Tutorial)

Image: Zachary Crockett’s rendition of the fungible versus non-fungible worlds appeared in The Hustle. Where do you go when the things you want in real life are already spoken for? The latest For Sale sign is for all things digital. In the early 90’s I began a...

Till we Meet Again (at Conferences)

Till we Meet Again (at Conferences)

We are all approaching the one-year anniversary of a world in lockdown. Perhaps you’re commemorating the last time you jumped on a flight, trekked to the office, or attended a large gathering. Now that we think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel (no trains,...

How Much Do You Owe in 2020 Taxes–and To Whom? It’s A Mess.

How Much Do You Owe in 2020 Taxes–and To Whom? It’s A Mess.

That scream you hear? It’s the sound of every accountant who’s been asked by a client about how to deal with the crazy remote working arrangements wrought by the pandemic. Even tax authorities are not in agreement about how people ought to file in today’s...

Pandemic-Inspired Digital Innovation May Transform Education

Pandemic-Inspired Digital Innovation May Transform Education

When 1.6 billion students around the globe suddenly found themselves without classrooms last year, our collective online learning experiment that had been muddling along for decades suddenly went into overdrive. That was especially true in the U.S. “The longer that...

Why GameStop Was the Wrong Company to Lionize

Why GameStop Was the Wrong Company to Lionize

Trump leaves office. He loses his social media privileges. And just like that, there’s a void in the world of crazy. GameStop to the rescue. Crazy on so many levels. It’s more than a David/Goliath saga of Redditors versus Wall Streeters. It’s the story of reality...

Why Social Media Ought to Know Its Customers

Why Social Media Ought to Know Its Customers

Each internet epoch grows more complicated and defies previous analogies. We can sit around and bemoan a failed internet felled by splinterization, misinformation, and a lack of incentive to regulate itself. Or we can look to other industries for solutions, which may...

In 2021 Digital Communities Will Deepen–and Even Blend

In 2021 Digital Communities Will Deepen–and Even Blend

Some are calling it the year of “Splinternet,” because new online communities are appearing faster than Netflix releases. The idea behind these emerging communities is usually to create a cult-like sense of online fandom around a person, place or thing. Variations on...

Vaccination Nation: Digital Health Passports Will Be the Rage in 2021

Vaccination Nation: Digital Health Passports Will Be the Rage in 2021

As a young mother, I lived in fear of losing those yellow cards filled with my kids’ immunization records. They needed them to play on the school team, go to summer camp, or just head back to the classroom each September. States still require vaccinations (with some...

CES 2021 Will Showcase Plenty of Truly Useful Tech

CES 2021 Will Showcase Plenty of Truly Useful Tech

CES is an institution. For years geeks have trekked to Las Vegas at this time of year, not to gamble but to get their fix at this mecca for high tech gee-gaws. This year’s show will be all virtual, a prospect that’s exciting because it should enable the exhibitors who...

What did you learn in the pandemic?

What did you learn in the pandemic?

Any meeting I’ve been to these last few weeks is starting with a version of “good riddance to a bad year!’  December does always bring a strange mixture of reflection on the year past and prognostication about what’s to come. But unlike other years, reflecting on 2020...

Ghost Kitchens” Rise to Meet To-Go Demand

Ghost Kitchens” Rise to Meet To-Go Demand

I heard a great story the other day from a Brooklyn friend who braved going to a Grimaldi’s over the weekend. Grimaldi’s is a New York nirvana for pizza lovers. She reports that her family waited over an hour for their pizza, because the restaurant’s take-out business...

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