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A big week for Cordillera Interactive

I have not shared much here about my new role leading Cordillera Interactive. I have wanted to, but had very little time to share stories of our rapid progress on this blog. This week, we have something I'll pause to shout about. Back in spring, we started a project to update the designs and underlying […]

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'Too critical' makes an odd criticism

Terry Heaton posted a gem about how his sometimes-brutal advice for media can be perceived as “too critical”: One of the first essays I wrote on this journey was called β€œIs TV News Giving Away the Future?” I published it in May of 2003 and got a lot of heat for criticism of third-party ad […]

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Netscape vs. IE was easier than this…

I have owned and used Apple products in one form or another almost continuously since 1986. Love the products, especially (still) Macs. Starting to hate the company. It seems bent on forcing site proprietors back into a barbed-wire nest of incompatible platforms and user experiences. Cases in point: Steve Jobs' well-publicized dismissal of Flash on […]

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U.S. catches, passes world in mobile

Ten years ago, when I worked in consumer electronics, we coveted the advancements in mobile networks and the handsets they supported in Europe and Japan. Better mobile Web, better games, better communications, just better, better, better. Back then, the multitude of not-yet-consolidated regional carriers in the U.S. scrambled to put up four towers on every […]

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iPhone app buys: Games, yeah! News, not so much

GigaOM reports (with chart) data from Apptizr showing percentage of paid iPhone applications by category. Games rule. They represent 16 percent of the apps in the App Store, but 29 percent of the paid downloads. Entertainment also outperforms its presence in the store: 12 percent of available apps, but 22 percent of the paid downloads. […]

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Leaving no niche un … notched?

I admire the notion of “competing against nonconsumption” put forth by the disruptive-innovation gurus at Innosight. I spent a lot of time — and the company spent a lot of money — in my last job trying to find product niches where such a seam of opportunity existed. As I pass my 15th year in […]

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The kids learn, and teach, a lesson in sales

Last year, longtime pal and former boss Rusty Coats reminded me of the concept that sales success is algorithmic. Presuming you're selling a product with any demand whatsoever, a certain number of phone calls will lead to a predictable ratio of appointments, then a certain number of appointments will lead to a predictable ratio of […]

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My tremendous new opportunity

In rare quiet moments, Ka and I sometimes talk about how change and upheaval seem to be such constants in our lives. We tell ourselves we'll be glad when things slow down. Then another shoe drops, or absent that, we seem to go out and find some new way to stir things up. A big […]