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Ad Blockers Will Change How Ads Are Sold

3 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Monday Note

Thomas Schreiber at DNI’s conference  Ad blocking keeps growing and widening the chasm between publishers and advertisers. Media executives no longer hold back, they now openly blame the advertising community  for being too slow to grasp the full extent of the digital advertising problem, they claim the ad industry badly needs a deep overhaul. Last […]

Killer Cultures

3 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Monday Note

The most important components of a company’s culture are its invisible, ineffable dicta. As we will see in today’s examples, they can lead competent, well-resourced companies astray. In last week’s Monday Note I proposed that it’s not a technological misfit but a cultural chasm that separates Apple from the high-reliability “hard real-time” software that’s required […]

Finding your “weather” and building authentic communities: Day 2 at Seattle Interactive Conference

Day two of Seattle Interactive Conference 2015 wrapped up on Wednesday, November 4. The second day of the annual technology conference brought just as many speakers and panelists with valuable insights as the first, and common themes began to emerge. Show More Summary

The “disruption” hype, unicorn companies and writing novels on Excel sheets: Day 1 at Seattle Interactive Conference

Featured image by Danny Gross On a particularly crisp and sunny Seattle morning, thousands of attendees gathered for the first day of Seattle Interactive Conference 2015, one of the premier technology conferences in the Northwest. Held...Show More Summary

Tableau Conference 2015: All about the Data

Featured image courtesy of Tableau. On the surface, doctors, mathematicians and designers don’t seem to have much in common. Look a little closer though, and there is one main thread uniting them: data. And that was proved at Tableau...Show More Summary

After $1 Billion Sale to Webhost EIGI, Will Constant Contact Keep Its Soul?

4 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

This morning Constant Contact announced that it had agreed to be acquired in a deal valued at roughly $1.1 billion The buyer is webhosting company Endurance International Holdings Group. Endurance is focused on the SMB market and has a number of brands including Bluehost, Homestead,, Typepad (among others) and now Constant Contact, which immediately […]

News Republic’s Amazing Mobile Firehose

4 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Monday Note

News Republic is built on a unique model: Instead of exploiting publishers’ RSS feeds, it shares revenue with them. A risky option that begins to pay off as the company lands deals with cell phone makers. Current numbers are impressive:...Show More Summary

More Apple Car Thoughts: Software Culture

4 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Monday Note

Fueled by a significant number of hires from other car makers and real estate expansion beyond the upcoming hypergalactic spaceship HQ in Cupertino, rumors of an Apple Car keep percolating. I hope to drive an Apple Car someday… but does...Show More Summary

A Geek Heretic in Seattle: Kentaro Toyama at the UW

Featured image by Jacob Christensen. On paper, Kentaro Toyama (@kentarotoyama) is an associate professor, a computer scientist, and a former Microsoft researcher. In practice, he’s something closer to being a social problem solver, with a keen interest in international development and how technology interacts with human societies. Show More Summary

Uber and Lyft Drivers: Ready, Set, Unionize!

Featured image by Ian Forrester Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing services have become synonymous with single handedly turning the world of taxis up, over and squarely down on their faces.  These services have given the customer theShow More Summary

The new search

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Jenny Hendrix has a finely measured review of Sven Birkerts’s new book, Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Digital Age, in Boston Review. Toward the end, before calling for a new poetry, she writes: The activity conducted in both church and marketplace is a kind of search, which is of course central to what this […]

YP Hires Former InsiderPages CEO As ‘EVP of Consumer Platforms’

last monthMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

YP has made a really interesting hire. Stu MacFarlane was hired in July (and announced this morning) as the new “Executive Vice President of Consumer Platforms.” MacFarlane was the CEO of InsiderPages before it was sold to IAC years ago. He was also at IdeaLab (among other places), which launched InsiderPages. Here’s how the press […]

Three Insights into Technology’s Future from Grace Hopper

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is an event dedicated to recognizing the role that women have played, and continue to play, in driving technology forward. Yet even as Grace Hopper celebrated technical achievementsShow More Summary

The PC is passé. What now?

Classical PCs are on a downward slope, tablets never quite became The Next Big Thing, and smartphones are approaching saturation in developed markets. Is this the end of the go-go days? Where will we find new growth paths, new formsShow More Summary

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