The Thought Cycle

Nowadays, everything has a beacon in it. The internet of things started with large companies – beacons were placed on manufacturing lines to gather “big data” on business processes.  Those same companies then brought beacons to our appliances – refrigerators and dishwashers started to tell us...

In historical terms, technology companies have amassed value and market share at a dizzying pace.  It demands a hyperbole:  no type of business in the history of the world has been created and taken on such cultural, economic, and even political importance in so little...

haring economy companies are the darlings of investors, pundits, and the Silicon Valley elite.  A cottage industry has sprung up around describing and extolling the sweeping economic changes of this new way of doing business.  By disrupting the models which have dominated long-established industries for years, the...

The road to game-changing innovation is littered with ideas which turned out to be half-baked, flawed, or simply not ambitious enough.  For every iPhone, there’s a garbage can full of Palm Pilot clones.  For every Windows, there’s a Microsoft Bob.  The runaway success of the few platforms which truly...

Last week, Google released information on its efforts to comply with a May 2014 European Court of Justice ruling which implements the so-called “right to be forgotten” across the internet.  In the case, a Spanish national sued for the removal of search results which led to newspaper announcements about...

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation is almost taken for granted in our society.  We assume that the phones, computers, and gadgets we adore today will be tomorrow’s punchlines – the planned obsolescence at the heart of any consumer product is particularly acute when it comes...