Taylor Swift, iOS, and the Access Economy: Why the Normal Distribution is Vanishing

(Note: although I originally wrote this as a stand-alone post, it may make sense to think of it as Part Two of a series, beginning with The Rise of the Access Economy.)   There’s a classic exercise that we often encounter in business school, or elsewhere in higher education: the professor proposes, “I have two … More Taylor Swift, iOS, and the Access Economy: Why the Normal Distribution is Vanishing

The best news

Today’s post isn’t a normal post. It’s a special one, since I only get to do it once. As of Saturday, November 28th, I am now married to my best friend and new wife, Tessa Wallace! There are far too many people to thank properly that can fit here, but six people deserve special recognition. … More The best news

Predicting Walmart

It was easy to predict mass car ownership but hard to predict Walmart. -Carl Sagan The human brain is a wonderful, powerful thing – but it has some blind spots. One of these, I believe, is the way we compare things. Our go-to comparison method is “This versus that”, and it has a close cousin: “Before … More Predicting Walmart

Notifications, part 2: Gradually, and then suddenly

Last week, I wrote a post about notifications– how they’ve evolved, why they matter, and where we’ll be able to handle more. (We also talked about notifications at length in the most recent episode of Emergence Podcast, which you can check out here.) Rereading it now, I realize that I left out something very important: … More Notifications, part 2: Gradually, and then suddenly

Notifications run our lives now. Is there room for any more?

As software eats the world and takes control over the jobs and services we care about, it also generates an awful lot of notifications: 3 new emails. 4 new interactions on Twitter. 30 minutes until your next meeting. Your Uber is arriving now. Notifications have essentially become the third runtime of the phone, after apps and the … More Notifications run our lives now. Is there room for any more?

Disrupting Visa will be really hard – but here’s how it could happen

One perennial prize that always seems up for grabs for tech companies – but has yet to be really conquered in any large capacity – is payments. There’s a considerable list of startups and big tech companies that are trying to tackle payments, from Stripe to Square to Apple Pay and everything in between. But … More Disrupting Visa will be really hard – but here’s how it could happen