One of the most compelling promises of the internet was that for first time in human history, businesses could connect and transact with people anywhere in the world. Roughly 20 years into the digital revolution however, less than 50% of the global population enjoys access to the internet.
But that is rapidly changing
Just have a look at how quickly developing markets are catching up and coming online (slides below via KPCB)
Last week, I had some family from the U.S. visiting me here in Europe. The weather was amazing, and we took loads of pictures. We wanted to instantly share these moments with others back in the US, however, in order to avoid “data shock” (e.g. a 1,000 Eur/$ charge) we only used our phones upon returning to the hotel room (where we had WiFi access).
Affordable mobile data access is not [...]
Just this week, we learned that the uniforms our good ole’ USA team will be competing in during the London Games are made in China…ouch.
Recent economic developments have (e.g. lower dollar, etc.) have brought a few manufacturing jobs back to the US, but by and large (as a consumer) it is still hard to step into a main street retailer and find “Made in the USA” products [...]
“It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life” –Baseball great, Mickey Mantle
The quote by Mantle (above) kicks off Brad Pitt’s hit movie Moneyball. In the movie, Billy Beane, a hard scrabble professional baseball front-office manager, faces the herculean business challenge of building a winning baseball team on a shoestring budget.
Better Metrics & Winning Insights
One of the key [...]
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been pretty intrigued by the Occupy Wall Street movement as it “went global” last week. Yeah, a few anti globalization demonstrations caught headlines in the late 90s, but I never thought a movement uniting the middle class left AND the right (at least in theory) against the perils of crony capitalism, corporate greed and political corruption would ever fully get [...]
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