Tidbits #39

Hello, hello! Here’s what I found interesting recently. Thanks for reading. 🗺 Geopolitics #1 Peter Thiel- “I do wonder whether at this point Bitcoin should also be thought in part of as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S.” Peter Thiel: Well, you know, I think there’s sort of a lot of different things that … Continue reading Tidbits #39

Tidbits #34

Hi, friends. 👋🏻👋🏻 What a week! Not only were markets extremely volatile, many companies and industries continue to undergo fascinating change. Major change is coming in the media space if Snap, Twitter, and Spotify’s recent investor / product presentations were any indication. And beyond that…the boom in NFTs (non-fungible [crypto]tokens) is wild in its own … Continue reading Tidbits #34

Tidbits #31

🎭 Society In light of the impact that tech is having on society, this article seems like a good place to start the discussion. What’s amazing is that these concerns have been going on for a very long time, and yet we are no closer to knowing the answer on whether our lives are better … Continue reading Tidbits #31

Tidbits #25 – The World Reminds the US They Exist

Happy holidays, and thanks for reading! 🎄🎁🦌 🗺 Geopolitics Russia has hacked entities across the US, creating a historic mess…it will take time before the US realizes the full scope of the attack and what has been taken. #1 How to Understand the Russia Hack Fallout THIS WEEK NEWS broke that United States government agencies and … Continue reading Tidbits #25 – The World Reminds the US They Exist

Tidbits #17

💰 Economy #1 The Number of New Businesses in America is Booming The government regularly releases figures on new-business formation, derived from applications for tax registrations. And “high-propensity” business applications—those displaying characteristics typically associated with firm-creation and the employment of staff—recently reached their highest quarterly level on record (see chart). … All this has surprised … Continue reading Tidbits #17

Tidbits #15

Here’s some of the things I found interesting recently. Some of the articles can be a bit dated but still worth considering in the grand scheme of things. 🎮 Games + Virtual Worlds #1 Next Installment of Call of Duty Black Ops About to Launch While this isn’t my type of game, Call of Duty … Continue reading Tidbits #15

Tidbits #11

What I found interesting recently. 🗺 Society Why the US needs racial progress: Two years ago, Marian Croak was hiding in her office at Google’s YouTube offices, convinced the police would enter and shoot her dead. There was an active shooter on the San Bruno, Calif. campus, and police were moving door-to-door to clear out … Continue reading Tidbits #11

Tidbits #10

A hodgepodge… 🛍 Commerce #1 Shopify continues to “Arm the Rebels” with a Walmart partnership Starting today, Shopify merchants across the U.S. will be able to apply to sell through Walmart.com. If approved, they’ll be able to connect their Shopify store to their Walmart Seller Account, enabling them to quickly and easily sync their product … Continue reading Tidbits #10

Tidbits #4

As previously mentioned, Nintendo is following in the footsteps of Disney and will be building theme park attractions. Bloomberg recently published more details on what that may look like ahead of Super Nintendo World opening at Universal Studio Japan: Super Nintendo World is slated to open this summer in Osaka, featuring a Power Up Band … Continue reading Tidbits #4

Tidbits #3

Fornite is officially a school sport: Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular games, will now be an official high school sport and college sport, thanks to an LA-based startup called PlayVS. The company has partnered with Epic Games to bring competitive league play to the collegiate and high school level. This also marks PlayVS’s entry … Continue reading Tidbits #3

Tidbits #2

Before writing any further, I want to wish you all a happy holiday season as we wrap up the decade and begin anew! If you have a few minutes to spare during the holidays, this article is worth a read. Not only does it discuss Shopify’s strategy, it manages to do so using the context … Continue reading Tidbits #2

Open Sesame

According to Wikipedia, Ali Baba opens the mouth of a treasure cave using the magical phrase “open sesame” in the story of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”. In similar ways, our Alibaba has been making incredible progress in opening a multitude of modern treasure caves… Caves such as… Single’s Day. Just a few days … Continue reading Open Sesame

“Arming the rebels of the commerce industry”

Shopify announced quarterly results yesterday and raised guidance. Although the market appeared to be more short-sighted and reacted poorly largely because the results were “good but not good enough”, the company continues to execute well on its long term vision. Along with results, the company released a new report highlighting the impact of their business, … Continue reading “Arming the rebels of the commerce industry”