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Digital Mindset – Leading the Digital Transformation Takes Infrastructure & Mindset

Which countries are leading the digital transformation? Where is the "digital mindset" most well established? Which countries (and the companies headquartered within) are leading the charge toward a more digitally switched-on business? I get asked these questions quite a lot. The truth is that it depends, although one would be hard pressed not to talk…

Digital Manners – Stemming the Tide of Poor Habits and Etiquette

It's true that my peers and I (as well as plenty of those that followed) went to school with any more than (at best) access to a computer. So how is society to self-educate? With parents that haven't been trained, we are supposed to be setting the course. But, it is most disconcerting to see how digital manners have…

Web Summit 2015 – What You Missed At The Last #WebSummit In Dublin

The Web Summit 2015 was held in Dublin under an air of change, dare I say, disruption. The three-day event featured 21 different streams or "summits" as they are called, along with 700 speakers, over 2,100 startups (spanning 17 categories) and 1,500 "journalists". The individual talks were generally limited to 15 minutes without questions. The longest…

BlaBlaCar – Why It’s the Poster Child of the Sharing Economy

BlaBlaCar, which is a service that connects drivers and people prepared to pay to share the ride, has just received a $200 million VC injection which puts them at a $1.6B valuation (via VentureBeat). As such, it has become the top French start-up success story and is now one of the 117 'unicorns' on the Fortune list of…

Hands on. The Pleasures of Vintage, Touch and Using the Hands

My friend, Adrian Swinscoe, wrote a fine post, "The Warmth of Analogue," about how and why vinyl records are making a return. The Guardian article, Vinyl's Difficult Comeback, describes the 40-50% growth rates in vinyl sales in the US (9.2 million units in 2014) and UK (1.2MM). But, the absolute numbers are dwarfed compared with 79 billion audio streams…

“The digital disruption will be greater in France than in other countries” by @martelf

In a speech delivered on the occasion of Yahoo's 20th anniversary, Frédéric Martel, journalist (NPR, France Culture) and author (Smart, Survey of the internets Stock editions, April 2014), said a sentence that piqued my interest: Every time I return from my travels abroad and I land at Charles de Gaulle airport, I realize that the disruption…