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November 11 2011
by Todd Hixon

Steve Jobs And The Jobs Crisis

Homage to Steve Jobs’ exceptional qualities as a business leader has poured out since his death last month. I’ve been reflecting on the learning and inspiration that I draw from his career relative to the work I do and the economic challenge of this decade, which, ironically, has come to be called the “jobs crisis”. ...

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August 8 2011
by Todd Hixon

Tablets Turn 18

We’re now 18 months post the iPad announcement.  Like an 18 year-old, the tablet has matured a lot, but still has a way to go.  Here are some key things I have learned. Tablets are a new, major segment of the mobile device market, 40-50 million units this year, a big fraction of the ~250m ...

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March 29 2011
by Todd Hixon

Android Will Hold Its Own

The Verizon iPhone and recent strong success of Apple’s iOS on multiple fronts raises the question: can Android really compete with iOS?  (E.g., WSJ: “Verizon iPhone: A Threat to Android?”)  Although sales and installed base of Android devices have passed the iPhone, some argue that happened because carriers representing 70% of the U.S. market had ...

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February 9 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Watch out for those “Groundhog Days”

“Groundhog Day” is a metaphor for lack of change an innovation. Companies need to watch out for market changes that may render their services obsolete or invalidate their current strategy.

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February 9 2011
by John Backus

Verizon’s Sneaky iPhone Data Throttling Strategy: Can You Hear me Now?

I think the Verizon iPhone is going to be big, for Verizon as well as for Apple. While it is not going to derail the proliferation of Android phones, I do think it will slow down the Android penetration, for a while, at least in the United States. But is Verizon trying to pull a ...

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January 28 2011
by Scott Johnson

Mobile Clicks Are Garbage!

Most mobile advertisement banner clicks are accidental.  The Harris group published a study yesterday saying this.  Surprised?  I’m not!  Has anyone actually clicked a mobile banner on purpose?  Really?  I can’t imagine doing so – the experience is so bad.  I think Shakespeare might have been thinking of mobile banner ads when he quipped “It is ...

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January 18 2011
by Scott Johnson

Mobile Monetization 2.0

Mobile monetization 2.0 is going to happen in 2011.  Marketing budgets against mobile are showing up in the hundreds of millions, some new monetization schemes (CPL and CPD) are paying good eCPMs, 4G is coming, and this is all really great news for entrepreneurs and mobile app publishers as everyone everywhere taps into mobile apps. ...

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January 11 2011
by Todd Hixon

Watersheds: Real & Wannabe

This is part 2 of my observations from CES 2011. Year of the Tablet: Not Quite Yet The media proclaimed 2011 the year of the tablet, and obedient to their editors’ direction, reporters found many tablets on the floor, e.g., HuffPost:  11 New Tablets You’ve Probably Never Heard Of From CES 2011.  In truth, the ...

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January 10 2011
by Todd Hixon

Rule The Air

CES 2011 is over, I write with relief as I await the plane home.  Observations follow; this is part 1 of 2. It’s So Big! Various reports put attendance at between 140,000 and 160,000, up from 120,000 in 2010. The display floor was so vast (36 acres) and crowded that it’s hard to find what ...

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December 16 2010
by Thanasis Delistathis

Golden age of e-commerce

The last four years have seen another resurgence of e-commerce companies.  In fact, our last two deals have been e-commerce deals and we are looking at another one. While e-commerce has been around since the launch of Amazon in the late ’90s, there was a period starting after the collapse of the tech bubble in ...

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