Decision making


Nov

04

2015
Star Wars wins, or How to Measure the Value of a Great Story

Star Wars wins, or How to Measure the Value of a Great Story

Pop Quiz #1: Name the main characters in the original Star Wars movie (total global box office receipts $775million) saga? OK.  You know them all don’t you (especially if you were about 10 years old when it opened) Pop Quiz #2: Name the main characters in Avatar ($2.78billion)?  Or Inception ($825million)?   Or Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.12billion)? Can you name even one?  No, “the blue guy” or...

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Oct

06

2015
Be Prepared.  Be Very Prepared.

Be Prepared. Be Very Prepared.

The room on Sansome There were a dozen of us in a single room on Sansome Street in San Francisco.  Outside was San Francisco in 1999.  The tail end of the first dotcom boom.  Levi’s Plaza up the street.  A bit farther to the Fog City Diner.  When you really needed a break, the steps up to Coit Tower. Inside:  No cubicles, just two conference room tables, six...

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Mar

03

2015
In technology, the best products DON’T win…ever

In technology, the best products DON’T win…ever

The best marketed products win. The best sold products win. NOT the BEST products. Especially in technology. No one cares about your features and functions.   The road to enterprise software success is paved with the carcasses of product development executives who thought their code was more elegant, or more stable.  But Ariba and Oracle still kicked their butts. Don’t try to tell me that Apple...

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Jan

06

2015
Demographics eat culture (which eats process)

Demographics eat culture (which eats process)

It’s been said that “culture eats process for lunch” and that’s certainly true. I’d add to it and say that “demographics eat culture.” Ultimately, massive changes in culture are driven by generational change. Think about it: There is not a person in the United States who does not “get” the idea of television. We all use it, see it, hate it, love it and have...

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