Shoptalk Captured the Tumult in the Retail Market

When Amazon first set up shop, I could still enjoy a stroll through my Manhattan neighborhood without it looking like the main drag was “For Lease.” I could still see my doorman. He wasn’t yet buried beneath a chin high stack of Prime deliveries.

Adobe Summit: 12,000 Marketers Trying to Read Your Mind

What happens when 12,000 marketers get together for a fest? At Adobe’s Summitit meant bringing in a bevy of superstars including Ryan Gosling, Penn & Teller,Peyton Manning and Kate McKinnon to celebrate the creative storytelling skills of the marketers who vie for our love and attention each day.

Can Someone Make Mom Happy? 5 Years of Safety Wearables

Sigh. It’s hard to argue against a mother’s logic. Even when she’s in her mid-eighties. And so, my search for a simple tracker to keep mom safe in case of an emergency has been going on for five years. Nothing has passed Mom’s litmus test.

Time to Rethink Kids Engagement on the Web

Way back in the 90’s, websites designed for kids were just beginning to emerge. Most of them were somewhat innocuous collections of silly games, jokes, chat rooms and virtual pets. But some, from less reputable sources, were laden with pop-up screens that barraged kids with advertising or asked kids to provide their personal information (including things like parent’s salary) baiting them with a sweepstakes or prize.

For Kids, Fake News is the New Norm

Years ago, when the Internet was young and so were my kids, I remember being pretty creeped out as I watched them research their school papers. A paper on The Scarlet Letter had one visiting witches’ covens as academic research. A paper on the Civil War had one earnestly getting the facts from white supremacist sites. If you read it on the Internet, it must be true, right?

From Start-Ups to End-Ups

Maybe I’m showing my age but I’ve got a serious case of start-up fatigue. One more hackathon, incubator, accelerator, pitch contest, one more meetup group and I turn into an Edvard Munch scream. The start-up economy has changed the nature and future of work. It’s screwed up our values about work. It underplays the importance of persistent, well executed innovation in favor of half baked ideas shot in the dark as gladiator spectacle.