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Rogers Climbdown – Egg on Face Purely from Rogers Shooting Themselves in the Foot

July 10, 2008

Yesterday’s climbdown by Rogers on 3G iPhone (in fact, quicly extended to all smart phones) data pricing was nothing short of spectacular. Since the weekend, I’ve watched as many of my colleagues in the Blogosphere have pushed a campaign of long term customer lobbying over the goal line. Clearly, in addition to influential bloggers, Apple is the industry titan that

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Investing

Indigestion from “Half Baked” Mobile Web Browsing

May 21, 2008

Yesterday, Chris Sacca (ex Googler extraordinaire, investor in the likes of Twitter and recent Tech Leadership Conference Keynote speaker) shot a provocative salvo across the bow of the Twittosphere. Many times Twitter is a true belwether, capturing the pulse of market dynamics. And, although saying this might not go down well in Waterloo, it struck a chord with me.

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Entrepreneurism

Tweets from #TLC Twitterverse

May 4, 2008

Ever since I attended AlwaysOn OnMedia NYC conference in January 2007, where I witnessed the unfolding of a parallel conference on large side-mounted LCD panels, I’ve been intrigued by the power of social media to enhance the traditional conference experience. That conference pioneered a new delivery approach, which attempts to exploit peer-to-peer discussions and even involve those outside the conference

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Business Strategy

Is There More to Early Adopters than the Next Big Thing?

April 28, 2008

In saying:

“believe me, you have to get up early if you want to get out of bed”

it’s not entirely clear that Groucho Marx was referring the much-vaunted early adopter of a previous post. Therein, I illuminated how important early adopters are and the hazards of miscuing when serving them in newly minted markets. Because of this, I thought I’d share

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Arts

“The Third Place”: A Better Place?

April 19, 2008

The Office Goes Home

Over a short span of years, I’ve witnessed work migrate from a highly structured office setting, to home offices via telecommuting and now into the “Third Place”, a term coined by Ray Oldenberg in his 1989 book The Great Good Place.

Back in the early 1980’s, I was a pioneer of telecommuting, between Waterloo and Chicago via a

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Business Strategy

Early Adopters versus Business Models: Shooting Yourself in the Foot?

April 12, 2008

In an attempt to de-mystify seeming abstract business theory, from time to time, we will discuss “real world” examples of business models in action.

Both theory and practice underscore the importance of keeping early adopters engaged with a new product or service, a key enabler for creating a hit in the mainstream market. Of course, such trend setters love to play

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