26
November
2010

Is Facebook Unstoppable?

There is an aticle today on TechCrunch that asks the 35  billion-dollar question : “Can Anything Stop The Facebook Juggernaut?” The statistics about Facebook’s dominance are staggering indeed : 500 Million users, $35 billion in valuation, $836 million in funding, accounting for nearly 25% of web traffic  and growing virally at 5% a month.  It […]

08
November
2010

Are You Making “Milkshake Mistakes”?

Among  the many great ideas and insights in Clay Shirky’s book  “Cognitive Surplus“,   I came across one that was particularly interesting.  It has some valuable lessons for anyone involved in  product development, market research or strategy. Shirky describes a market research project conducted at McDonald’s aimed at improving their milkshakes.  The intent was to […]

30
August
2010

The Evolution of Paid Search and Why Google Won & Yahoo/Microsoft Lost

Google’s exponential growth and emergence as a technology juggernaut has been driven by one simple but incredibly successful business model : paid search or pay per click (PPC) advertising.  Google  appears invincible today because it dominates one of the largest and most lucrative  web businesses – Online advertising via  paid search.   Google’s  version of […]

16
February
2010

Could this be iPad’s Killer Application ?

In an earlier post earlier post I countered the view held by many  that the iPad will kill the Kindle. I believe these two devices target different and  overlapping market segments and can coexist. However, I also believe that the iPad is  a solution looking for the right problem to solve.   If Apple  can […]

28
January
2010

Top 10 Reasons Why the iPad will NOT Kill the Kindle

There is a post on TechCrunch today about the Top 10 Reasons The Apple iPad Will Put Amazon’s Kindle Out of Business Certainly the iPad will give some competition to the  Kindle – especially the $489 model – but put it out of business ?  Highly unlikely.    Here are the top 10 reasons why the […]

27
January
2010

Apple Introduces the iPad – Revolutionary or Evolutionary ?

The last time there was so much hype about a tablet, was possibly when Moses came down the mountain with one made of stone !   Steve Jobs – who has almost attained the same legendary status in the tech world  – officially announced  the much-anticipated Apple Tablet today and it is called … the […]

23
January
2010

Education and Public Schools in America – What The US Can Learn From India

It is now widely acknowledged that America’s  public school education system  is broken and needs fixing. Numerous studies rank US school children well below other countries in  science and math tests: “The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a […]

14
January
2010

15 Facts You May Not Know About the Google China Incident

After reviewing articles from many sources in the media, I have compiled a list of certain  facts and figures regarding   the recent cyber attacks  from China and the subsequent stunning announcement from Google.   Some  of these are surprisingly under-reported  in the media so you may or may not know them.  Here they are […]