The next digital economy: Why refusing to grow is better business

In this series, professionals attending Next:Economy share their insights on the future of work. Read the posts here, then write your own. Use #NextEconomy somewhere in the body of the post and @mention Next:Economy conference panelists when sharing. For more insight and news on the Next:Economy, sign up for the weekly newsletter here. In this post, I interview myself about the digital economy and my new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus Q. Your title is provocative. Are you saying... Read more →

3 Industries That Will Be Transformed By AI, Machine Learning and Big Data in the Next Decade

Historically, when new technologies become easier to use, they transform industries. That’s what’s happening with artificial intelligence and big data; as the barriers to implementation disappear (cost, computing power, etc.), more and more industries will put the technologies into use, and more and more startups will appear with new ideas of how to disrupt the status quo with these technologies. By my predictions, the AI revolution isn’t coming, it’s already here, and we’ll see it first... Read more →

One Worker Can’t Do It All, But a Global Team Like Ours Can

In this series, professionals debate the state – and future – of their industry. Read more here, then write your own #MyIndustry post). There has never been a more exciting time to be part of our profession. We have a long history and a brand that is known for quality, integrity, creating value, building trust and service that benefits others. And to ensure our relevance to those we serve, we’re more globally connected and more innovative, and we’re developing leaders who understand business... Read more →

What the Fed Will and Won’t Do This Week

The Federal Reserve’s policy meeting this week will be closely watched, particularly after the stimulative measures taken by the European Central Bank last week. Here are some steps that U.S. central bankers will and won’t take, and particularly those of greatest interest to financial markets: Fed officials will note the continued recovery of the U.S. economy, led by strong job creation, but without sounding the all-clear on wages and inflation (both remain too low). They will reiterate... Read more →

“YouTube is still the only place where you can passively monetize your content” – Online Content Evolution From Awestruck’s Sarah Penna

Sarah Penna is cool. That’s one of the things I had to get used to while at YouTube — that most of the friends I made from within the creative community would be a lot cooler than me. Sarah is also sharp, thoughtful, a great entrepreneur and someone who keeps me thinking about the future of content. Sarah is known in LA and in the online video community, so I wanted my friends to get to know her as well.  Hunter Walk: Ok, first just an overview for folks less familiar with the video space.... Read more →

What Business Leaders Can Learn From Duke’s Storied Rivalry With UNC

This piece is co-authored with Natalie Shammas. Tonight, the Duke and UNC Men’s Basketball teams will battle each other at Duke University. Millions will tune in to 40 minutes of expected heart-pounding intensity, marked by the type of plays that will dominate water cooler conversations. What makes this single game especially compelling?  This will be the 242 chapter of a storied multi-generational rivalry.  The deep emotional connection to this single game rests less on the stats and more... Read more →

How To Scale A Company With Minimum Dilution

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Venky Balasubramanian, co-founder of Plivo. Venky and his partner have achieved the amazing feat of growing a relatively fast growth business to well over $10 million in revenue with just $2M in angel financing. What’s even more impressive is that they have done this with a convertible note, first $250K from angel investors in India, followed by $1.75M from investors in the Bay Area. The company operates in the US-India mode, and for those of... Read more →

Where Are The Grown-Ups? (Or: Get Your Unicorn!)

When Donald Trump is President, he will give each of us our very own speckled unicorn. Actually, I may have made that up- but he might as well have promised it. It would fit right in. No, I’m not a fan. I’m not into isolationist, racist, misogynistic, bombastic propaganda. But that’s not the point. The point is that the only thing Mr. Trump doesn’t lie about as a matter of routine is the fact that he lies about everything as a matter of routine. He is called out for lying all the time, and... Read more →

Are You Watching Ether(ETH)?

The new Cryptocurrency “Ether” from Ethereum today grew to over $10 per Ether…  If you are not watching this amazing cryptocurrency birthing event, you should. The currency behind the Ethereum platform is up 1,090% in the past 3 months, and 300% in the past 30 days. This is happening very fast.  I participated in the Ethereum funding when they were raising money selling Ether before the Genesis block had even started.  Back then you could buy thousands of Ether for next to... Read more →

Market Calm May Be Short-Lived

Last week, global equity investors got a much-needed reprieve from volatile, loss-inflicting markets. But rather than signaling the start of a calmer market phase, this may well prove a prelude to renewedvolatility in the weeks ahead. After ending the last trading session of the previous week with a gain, global stocks got off to a good start last Monday. U.S. markets went on to post their best weekly performance since November, as two days of solid market rallies were followed by relatively calm... Read more →
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