So it’s not just my imagination. Marissa Mayer clones seem to be showing up with increasing frequency in business media lately. Forbes ran a remarkable piece in the January 7, 2014 issue: “Do Attractive CEOs Really Boost Their Companies’ Stock Prices?” The question arises out of a 33-page paper by two University of Wisconsin academics: […]
My mother is a high school government and economics teacher. As such, personal and global finance were hot topics during my childhood. While most children enjoyed morning cartoons with their fruit loops, I was stuck watching the stock market open—with a side of toast. I wish I could tell you that the rigorous focus on […]
Most business executives think of “Interactive” as a marketing channel. They see “digital” as part of advertising – a way to position brand and get people to buy things. That’s a lot like the notorious book The Game (bound in imitation leather) which provides dating tips for pickup artists. While tactics of psychological manipulation may produce […]
These days, it’s easy to forget that the concept of “interactive” exists outside of a computer screen. But in designing digital interactive experiences, we shouldn’t lose sight of some of the tremendous physical interactive experiences that have been hugely successful. Here is a round of up some interesting interactive experiences in the “real” world from […]
As a developer considering employment at web development agencies/shops, you will have a lot of different things to think about. Work environment, location, coworkers, salary, etc. These are the three most important factors to consider: The Technologies Agencies generally work on software projects using a wide variety of platformas and technologies to meet the unique […]
Oregon Manifest recently enlisted 5 teams from 5 U.S. cities to compete in making the ultimate urban utility bike (Chicago, NYC, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle). The “Denny” brought the Seattle team first place in the competition, and it’s one of my favorite new examples of incremental innovation. Winning means it is greenlit to go […]
Unconventional. Stimulating. Now that I have your attention, here is what you missed around the Internet lately.
SOMETHING SURPRISING Recently secret vending machines started popping up around New York City with a reward for owners of the popular Nike FuelBand wearable fitness tracker. In exchange for 500-1000 FuelBand points (earned over the previous 24 hours) the FuelBox vending machine traded Nike merchandise like shirts, hats, and socks. Clues were released on Twitter […]
The beginning of a project: Is there a better time? “This is gonna be AMAZING!” You get SO MUCH done, “hey, we’re like HALF DONE, and it hardly took any time!” Let us not forget how great that feels, but that’s really taking care of itself, isn’t it? I want to talk about the end […]
Picking the right technology can be difficult. Technologies that are too new are expensive and unstable; technologies that are too old are unsupported and expensive for different reasons. Read on for an introduction to the considerations involved in selecting a technology.