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The Automotive Industry Renaissance Is Just Beginning

Ford gets it, and many from Detroit, Nagoya, and Stuttgart will attempt to follow. Apple, gets it, and others from Silicon Valley will follow. There will be much arm waving by those who follow on both sides that say they get it, but few yet understand the enormity of the it that is this renaissance… Continue Reading »

Fashion in B2C, Patience in B2B

The other day I happened to be in London with my daughter, who had succeeded in dragging me off to the Victoria and Albert museum to look at their collection of couture through the ages. Beyond the amazing opulence of the clothes (and the masochism of their wearers), the thing that struck me most was… Continue Reading »

The Macy’s Advantage: Secrets to Same-Day Delivery, Omnichannel

Last month, Macy’s CFO Karen Hoguet explained how the company’s retail network gives it an advantage in the ever-more-crowded same-day delivery arena, as well as in omnichannel fulfillment. “I think our store footprint gives us a huge advantage, given where the Macy’s stores are located and the technology that we have built and have in… Continue Reading »

A Framework for Tech Startups to Understand Opportunities in the Retail Automotive Industry

For years we’ve shared our perspective with entrepreneurs and industry insiders on what it takes to build a successful software startup in the retail automotive industry. Now, we’ve distilled this thinking into a roadmap that we can share. We’ve even created a fancy video for those of you that don’t like pictures and long blog posts…. Continue Reading »

Apple Quietly Builds New Networks

Company Boosts Internet Infrastructure, Lays Groundwork for More Traffic Amid Broader Ambitions Apple Inc. is stitching together a network of Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of content to customers, giving the company more control over the distribution of its online offerings while laying the groundwork for more traffic if it decides to move… Continue Reading »

Attention Startups: The Automotive Industry Isn’t a Rust Belt Monolith

What do you think about when you hear the phrase “online advertising”  or “big data”?  How about “social network”?  Do visions of hoodie-wearing young entrepreneurs dance through your head? Each of these are massive parts of the startup tech sector.  In 2012, online display advertising was $12 billion; big data has become the new hot… Continue Reading »

The Rise of the Engineer Entrepreneur and This Golden Age of Entrepreneurship

Those that know me can attest to the fact that I’ve been running one kind of experiment or another since I went to Geek High– where we were required to design and run our own experiments.  Through college (glowing pickles and bi-axial loaded plastics) and into my early years in the dot-com world (credit card security… Continue Reading »

Sell Your IPhone, Earn Bitcoins; Glyde CEO on New Virtual Currency Payout

Betting a bitcoin payout will motivate more people to sell their old gadgets, Glyde Inc. is offering the virtual currency to customers. Since launching in 2009, the electronic thrift shop has allowed people to easily sell their old iPhones, tablets and other devices, much like eBay Inc.EBAY +0.95% and startups Nextworth Inc. and Gazelle Inc. The company suggests a price, provides a shipping envelope… Continue Reading »

Health data analysis firm ArborMetrix gets funding lift

Which is better to use on patients getting hernia surgery: A synthetic mesh patch that costs $140 or a biologic mesh made from pigskin that costs $22,000? And which patch leads to higher infection and complication rates? Which gets patients out of the hospital sooner? The surprising answers: No one knows, according to Michael Rosen,… Continue Reading »

DeepField Report: At its peak, Twitch’s traffic quashes Amazon, Hulu, Facebook, and Pandora

More people watch video games on Twitch than people watch television and movies on Hulu and Amazon Instant Video. Data researched by Deepfield and reported by Wall Street Journal shows that Twitch drove the fourth-most peak Internet traffic last week. This is the latest addition to a constant stream of news about the video game-footage streaming service’s massive growth and influence. Its… Continue Reading »