June 11, 2013
Marissa Mayer apology

Marissa Mayer Makes Amends

  Marissa Mayer is steering Yahoo in bold new directions. A veteran of the internet, Yahoo was being left behind and struggling to find an identity at the same time. So hiring Mayer with her experience at ultra-hip Google was smart. She made an immediate impact with her policy of […]
June 4, 2013
Internet Killed The Video Store

Netflix Makes Nice… and Wins

Piracy of the online variety poses problems for positive-minded people. It may give us opportunities to alliterate, but it puts us in a dilemma. We like seeing good content spread beyond paywalls, especially when it can help the people it reaches. We also don’t recoil instantly when it’s digital piracy […]
May 7, 2013
Apple

The Apple of Apology

To be an Apple shareholder these days is to live in interesting times. For the Chinese, such times are to be avoided or at least so goes the ancient proverb. Apple has recently relied on two very interesting strategies to persevere through the Steve Jobs post-partition. The first exists in […]
April 18, 2013
Stephen Roach

Seven Guys in a Room; Let’s Hope They Get It Right

China is the Asian giant that everyone worries is starting to topple over. It doesn’t take a subscriber to “sky is falling” sites like Zero Hedge to see this. Even when China is in the news for its innovation, it can’t seem to catch a break. Witness the recent report […]
April 8, 2013
Google Reader

Out With the Old, In With Something Better

How is the just announced July demise of Google Reader good news? The Google version of the RSS platform was never going to be as glitzy as Google+ or Chrome. Reader has its devoted following, and they’ve gone ahead with the obligatory online petition to grant it a stay of execution. But […]
October 9, 2012
organic cotton

Consumers Want Organic

The ‘organic craze’ in the last decade has moved far beyond the fashionable confines of the middle class, now firmly entrenched in every economic stratum –clearly consumers now demand to know where and how their products come into being. This new consciousness is a very positive result of both companies […]
August 2, 2012
Tim Cook

Responsibility Watchdogs

Humans are now collectively policing each other in unprecedented ways. Much has been made of this new era of ‘social responsibility,’ and the good news is that corporations, governments and all public officials are on display and criticism is never far away – ‘public office’ means just that. This, of […]
July 22, 2012
Coffee in London

Everything At Your Doorstep

As someone who first moved to London in 1987, I’ve seen the city experience an enormous transformation since then. It’s always been an epicentre of cultural activity, but one had to be wealthy or look hard for the kind of lifestyle and consumer choices that are now so readily available […]
April 9, 2012
Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s next global step

It’s easy to take the enormous volume of information we’re all now privy to, for granted. A transformative global information network exists online – but somewhere, someone is collating, editing and e-publishing the ‘facts,’ attempting to minimize the conjecture. Wikipedia is a tremendous public service resource – seemingly getting stronger everyday – […]