From thumbprints
to butt scans
and morality
in biotech

Posted by on August 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm

WAY BACK—well, five years ago—when Apple introduced iPhone 5s’s thumbprint scanner, fear mongers lost no time claiming that phone thieves would now take your phone and your finger. Never mind that it wouldn’t work—irrational panic spreads faster than rational calm—and besides, what if your phone thief doesn’t know that iPhone can’t scan a dead finger? Safe as your [...]

Push, pull, and
the gig economy

Posted by on July 20, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Most marketers know a push from a pull strategy. True to its name, a push strategy pushes a product the market has yet to demand. 3M brand Post-It Notes provide a great example. People the world over had no idea how badly they needed those little yellow stickies until they found themselves at wits’ end when their free, introductory supply ran [...]

Zelle to overtake Venmo

Posted by on June 28, 2018 at 9:04 pm

Some of you may recall my predicting a bright future for Zelle at last year’s Payments 2017. Indeed, Zelle has not disappointed—as you’ll see in my just-published article for The Financial Brand: Zelle on Trajectory to Crush Venmo in War for P2P Payments Since this time yesterday, the number of people enrolled in Zelle increased by 100,000. [...]

The Six-cent Dollar

Posted by on June 18, 2018 at 10:46 pm

There’s something odd about money. Namely, that it has no intrinsic value. What gives it value is billions of people throughout the world agreeing that … well, that it has value. Currency has come a long way since its start in the fourth century BCE. We have arrived at a time and place where you can [...]

Net neutrality:
Now it’s official

Posted by on June 12, 2018 at 7:41 pm

The FCC repeal of 2015 net neutrality regulations took effect yesterday, so this seemed like a good time to share the following, originally posted here on January 3, 2018. • • • It all started in 2008, when the people at Comcast noticed a curious thing. File-transfer giant BitTorrent was consuming more and more Internet bandwidth. More, it [...]