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 #36 – New Business Surge, Changing Date Nights, and a Whole New Reality

Hello, hello! 👋🏻 Here’s what I found interesting recently. 🗺 Geopolitics #1 Microsoft Attack Blamed on China Morphs Into Global Crisis A sophisticated attack on Microsoft Corp.’s widely used business email software is morphing into a global cybersecurity crisis, as hackers race to infect as many victims as possible before companies can secure their computer systems. … Continue reading Tidbits #36 – New Business Surge, Changing Date Nights, and a Whole New Reality

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 #30

Hello, hello! 👋🏻 👋🏻 Thanks for reading. A little longer than usual, but I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. If you can’t get through all of it, please at least check out #20! It’s awesome. I guarantee it. 🗺 Geopolitics #1 Twitter Locks Out Chinese Embassy in … Continue reading Tidbits #30

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

“Buy Now, Pay Later” and What Might Be Coming Next

Recent interest in the “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) space is rising to a fevered pitch. Investors are not only getting giddy over US-based BNPL player Affirm’s IPO filing and its strong growth…but investors have also been captivated by the strong performance of Australia-based BNPL player, Afterpay. Unlike other BNPL players, Afterpay has been public … Continue reading “Buy Now, Pay Later” and What Might Be Coming Next

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

Payments and Loyalty

In my recent post, “The Coming Ecosystem War Over Your Wallet and Payments“, I argued that payments is increasingly becoming central to tech ecosystem strategies because of data: The desire for proprietary data (and the desire to keep proprietary data, proprietary) is driving further cracks into the open internet. Today, we live in multiple internet … Continue reading Payments and Loyalty

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