Digital innovation transcends roles, requires unique skills mashup

Just over a year ago, I pre-ordered "stickers" that serve as location beacons. After a few delays, I received them in the mail yesterday along with a handwritten note from Estimote CEO Jakub Krzych. The tiny beacons are designed to make unintelligent things... "intelligent" - to allow them to sense … Read More»

Immersive Experiences: Changing (and extending) Our World

Last month I spent some time with more than 150,000 people from 140 countries at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. There were over 3,600 exhibitors spread out across several venues. I had the privilege to see and speak with many of them. As I drove back home through the California desert, and in the weeks … Read More»

Geppetto 2.0: Democratizing the ability to bring things to life

One of the most recognizable stories on the planet, and certainly in Italian history, is the story of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It is one of the most re-used, re-purposed, revised, and re-distributed stories in modern history. The 1940 Disney version has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. … Read More»

What Business Are You In? Are you sure?

As we draw towards the close of 2014 and look ahead to a new year, it's a time of reflection, evaluation, and goal setting for many people. Performance reviews (if you're still doing it the old way), finalizing budgets, and making plans for the next 357 days (until the holiday season rolls around … Read More»

Digital Identity , Predictive Analytics, and Context at Center of Digital Transformation

Last week, I had the privilege to spend some time discussing some of the most important topics facing organizations today with Vala Afshar, Michael Krigsman, and Mitch Lieberman. During the course of the conversation, we riffed on what digital even means, the intersection between the digital … Read More»

The Digitization of Everything: Wearables Rising

Since the early days of computing, ever shrinking computers have been on a collision course towards human integration. The distinction between what is physical and digital continues to dissolve. Early stage prototypes are already allowing neurological signals to manipulate the physical world … Read More»

Leveraging the Internet of Everything to Create a Better Customer Experience

The other day I received a letter in the mail. What was in the letter left me feeling depressed. It left me feeling inadequate, unprepared, incapable of mustering the mental and emotional energy to complete it's request. You see it wasn't asking me to do something that I'd never done before. It … Read More»

Sports, Crowdsourcing, and Analytics: A Case Study

This year, the Sacramento Kings crowdsourced intelligence about who they should take in the 2014 NBA draft. Grantland created two well done videos (embedded below) that chronicle the process of leveraging relatively obscure, but passionate and skilled talent to make (what turned out to be) a $4.7 … Read More»

What if the walls actually COULD speak?

"If these walls could speak..." The phrase invokes wonder and horror, depending on who you are, and what may have happened within the walls in question. Surprisingly, we're now at a place in history where we can envision a time where the walls might actually be able to speak. And the … Read More»

Connection brings Opportunity at Exponential Scale

The kids were sleeping in the backseats as our loaded down Sequoia traversed the winding road over the sheer cliffs that drop down into the vast and rugged Pacific coastline. I asked my wife in a whisper to do a little bit of research for our pending arrival in San Francisco. After punching on her … Read More»