Tidbits #49 – China, China, China…Battle for the Metaverse, BTS, Japanese Toilets, and More

Hello, hello! 👋🏻👋🏻 Welcome back to another edition of Tidbits covering all the recent things worth talking about in business, media, and technology. China Policy Direction and Impact on Capital Markets In recent months, Chinese domestic policy actions have accelerated and seem to embed a sense of urgency. While the Chinese government and regulators have … Continue reading Tidbits #49 – China, China, China…Battle for the Metaverse, BTS, Japanese Toilets, and More

Tidbits #48 – A New Thing Called Fiat, Netflix Becoming the Metaverse, Softbank’s Comeback + More

Hello, hello! 👋🏻👋🏻 Welcome back to another edition of Tidbits covering all the recent things worth talking about in business, media, and technology. 🤑 Economics + Markets #1 Ethereum Co-Founder Says Safety Concern Has Him Quitting Crypto “It’s got a risk profile that I am not too enthused about,” said Di Iorio, who declined to … Continue reading Tidbits #48 – A New Thing Called Fiat, Netflix Becoming the Metaverse, Softbank’s Comeback + More

Tidbits #47 – Didi Gets Pulled Over, Tech vs Govts, But All We Want to Do is…Shop!

Hello, hello! 👋🏻👋🏻 Welcome back to another edition of Tidbits covering all the recent things worth talking about in business, media, and technology. This is a double issue due to the July 4th holiday last weekend. 🗺 Geopolitics #1 130 countries sign on to global minimum tax plan, creating momentum for Biden push The Biden … Continue reading Tidbits #47 – Didi Gets Pulled Over, Tech vs Govts, But All We Want to Do is…Shop!

Tidbits #44 – The Empire Strikes Back + Metaverse, Mobility, and More

Hello, hello! 👋🏻👋🏻 Yikes, this one is long…And this is after I cut out a bunch of other clippings I saved already! In any case, hope it is enjoyable, and thanks for reading. The Empire Strikes Back Before jumping into our regular programming, one thing I think worth diving deeper into is what happens when … Continue reading Tidbits #44 – The Empire Strikes Back + Metaverse, Mobility, and More

Tidbits #41 – “Everything is Everything” + More

Hello friends! 👋🏻👋🏻 Hope everyone is doing well. Markets are volatile, but hopefully your personal life is starting to return to some semblance of normal. I’m pretty excited about this edition of Tidbits and to discuss how “everything is becoming everything”. I’ve written a lot over the last few years about mostly convergence in almost … Continue reading Tidbits #41 – “Everything is Everything” + More

Gaming is Eating the World and How Gaming Can Can Restore Trust in Society

Almost exactly a decade ago, Marc Andreessen famously proclaimed: Software is eating the world. Source: A16Z With hindsight, it’s clear Marc Andreessen was not just right, he was absolutely right. Even before considering the proliferation of software in 2020 in a COVID-driven world, software was already well on its way to dominating most aspects of … Continue reading Gaming is Eating the World and How Gaming Can Can Restore Trust in Society

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 #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 #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

Game On

As expected, October shaped up to be an eventful month for Activision. After starting the month with very impressive numbers for Call of Duty mobile, the company almost went off track after getting involved in the politically sensitive topic of Hong Kong governance. While that remains a sensitive topic, the issue seems to have died … Continue reading Game On

Activision Data Points Continue to Point Up

The mobile version of videogame franchise “Call of Duty” racked up 100 million downloads in its first week, industry site Sensor Tower said on Tuesday, dwarfing the debuts of previous smashes including “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG). Source: Reuters Third party data can sometimes be off, but even with a meaningful margin of error, 100 … Continue reading Activision Data Points Continue to Point Up

Activision – Sleeping Giant or Past its Prime?

Before Tencent Games conquered China and became the world’s largest gaming company a few years ago, Activision Blizzard dominated the industry. In many ways, Blizzard (specifically) was one of the early leaders in exploring a lot of the themes that make the gaming industry interesting today. Blizzard was a leader in pioneering and mainstreaming new … Continue reading Activision – Sleeping Giant or Past its Prime?