Feb

02

Is this the end of the Big Social Network era?

It’s easy to forget that it’s only been in the past 5-7 years that the startup ecosystem has mushroomed. In fact, most accelerators were established after 2010 and so startups that have gone via these accelerators are still hatchlings. Many of them are still very early in their lifecycle, so we’re witnessing them doing one thing, and one thing only, really really well. Given time, some of these mono-focus apps or networks will make every attempt to supplant Facebook as The Social Network. But tomorrow’s The Social Network will look very different from today’s The Social Network.

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Dec

18

Top 10 Digital Marketing Trends in 2014

Digestible bites on 10 prominent digital trends that marketers will be talking about (and working on) in 2014. From private messaging, Everywhere TV, Always On commerce and the Internet of Things to the future of ‘play’ and more.

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Apr

05

Online Retail Heats Up North of the Border

Imagine a customer demographic that has more disposable income, spends more time online, is not as big on bargain-hunting and is more loyal than your core customer. Sounds like a retailer’s dream doesn’t it? I’m talking about the Canadian shopper, who spends 41.3 hours online per month (second only to the 43 hours of the average […]

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Jan

06

Services Like Saavn Point the Way to Mobile Adoption in Emerging Markets

2012 ended with two events that were particularly noteworthy in the music industry. First, Psy’s Gangnam Style became the most viewed video on YouTube; noteworthy because the K-popstar turned copyright infringement into a money spinner, making a mint off ads runs on Gangnam YouTube videos – posted by him and others – and from TV […]

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Sep

07

Quirky Announces $68 Million in Series C Funding, On Way to Becoming the Amazon.com of New Gadgetry?

Back in May of this year, I wrote about Quirky - a company that is pushing the boundaries of open source collaborative invention and product development - as one to watch. Then I put my money where my mouth is and bought several of their crowd-sourced inventions that I now use every day. Well, the company just raised […]

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Jul

29

Offline Education the Domain of Privileged Few? 6 Predictions on the Future of Higher Education.

Having just finished my very first online lecture on the history of the internet, I am both heartened and dismayed by the experience. Heartened that 34,077 students can enroll in a class taught by a single professor, but dismayed that education (online or otherwise) continues to push learning-by-rote and a lecture based knowledge-transmission model. One […]

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May

28

Makers and the Third Industrial Revolution

A lot can happen in a year. This time last year at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, entrepreneurs were bemoaning the fact that innovations in hardware were not funded as well as software. Last week, TechCrunch Disrupt NYC hosted the first ever Hardware Alley spotlighting various hardware projects, including MakerBot’s 3D printers and the MinuteKey kiosk, “the […]

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May

04

Are You an Inventor?

I am obsessed with the twin ideas of innovation and invention as the engines that propel us forward. And its not the idea of reaching a destination that interests me as much as the process of getting there, because the process disciplines our brains to think creatively, leapfrog real or imaginary boundaries – and that […]

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Apr

10

Has Google Said Goodbye to Innovative Disruption?

Larry Page took over as CEO of Google in April 2011 and in July 2011 Google went on to announce the impending closure of Google Labs, the company’s experimental playground used to bring new features to users. I remember thinking “is this the beginning of the end?” As it turns out, it could well bookend […]

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Apr

02

Social Reading in the Promised Land of GoodReads

Look at this depiction of Paul Graham‘s Startup Curve that Fred Wilson recently wrote about. Note the “Wiggles of False Hope” and “The Promised Land” events in the graph. Now look at this graphic interpretation of an actual website’s growth in the last three years (Source: quancast). This website is GoodReads, a social network for […]

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