Link to Humor & Transparency

The Super Bowl was yesterday and about half of the way through one of the commercial breaks I realized that I was watching with a new set of eyes. I usually watch the big game and Fox did an amazing job as they have for several years presenting the game in the context of America …

On January 7th, BusinessWeek featured a story announcing the departure of Jim Donald who had been the CEO of Starbucks since 2005. This announcement came out three days before a story in time magazine indicated that a fight between McDonalds and Starbucks was imminent. This article makes the obvious point that the two companies are …

Last week I attended the MMA Consumer Best Practices Industry Forum in Denver. It was an interesting gathering of marketers and carriers. (Mobile advertisers were absent.) We collectively reviewed the changes to the CBP and various guest speakers offered up their expertise on various subjects. The goal of the CBP is to help the industry …

The first time I saw Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was in concert for the Pretty Hate Machine tour in 91. It was at the Gothic Theater in Denver and I remember thinking at the time as he swung out over the audience on a long rope; ” if he falls, they will eat …

Back in college a friend of mine showed up to class one day with a small black and white sticker of Andre the Giant with the words OBEY printed right below his face. At the time this did not mean much to me as I was mostly concerned with school and when would I be …

We have recently done a small piece of work for a company called Ooma. (I have had them in the top right hand corner of my site as a featured product for the past month.) They are purported to be the Vonage killer (if Vonage doesn’t implode first) and the VoIP space has recently become …

We have all heard of the success that NTT DoCoMo‘s i-mode has had since it’s introduction in 1999. The strength of that business and the adoption of the mobile phone as a data-based tool instead of simply a telephone, is a key to the company’s dominance. i-mode rules due to the Japanese culture’s adoption of …

In early November Google introduced Android; the Open Handset Alliance with the declaration that in the future, every phone will be the Gphone. The goal is to open up the mobile market and allow for mobile devices to offer more robust Internet based offerings similar to i-mode in Japan. Borrowing a page out of what …

For years I have been someone who said that I would provide all my information to an “ad management organization” if they could promise me that I would only see ads that are relevant to me. The promise of behavioral advertising. I would like to formerly retract that statement. I have recently come to the …

On November 15th, Ethan Smith of the Wall Street Journal authored an article describing the latest business model created to combat the troubled music industry. The new company, aptly named Recrd Lbl (Record Label) utilizes advertising to generate revenue enabling users to download the artist’s music for free (much like Spiral Frog). The company is …