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…

Tracey Follows – understanding future trends for long-term strategic planning (MDE153)

Minter Dialogue Episode #153 — This interview is with Tracey Follows, a professional futurist, specialising in brand, communications and media futures, running the Any Day Now agency. She has worked with Google, Telefonica and a host of tech start-ups, and is the regular FUTURES columnist for Marketing Magazine as well as being on the WIRED…

Listening to mobiles in retail: interview with Guillaume de La Tour, Bluefox founder and CEO (MDE150)

Minter Dialogue Episode #150 This interview is with Guillaume de La Tour, a serial entrepreneur based in Silicone Valley, who is founder and CEO of Bluefox, a disruptive startup that detects phones in order to convert traffic information into useful data and action for brands (as well as for security firms). It’s a cutting-edge space…

Getting to the mobile customer in retail with Maya Mikhailov, CMO at @GPShopper (MDE149)

Minter Dialogue Episode #149 This interview is with Maya Mikhailov, CMO and co-founder of GP Shopper, a mobile integrated platform for retailers and brands. Based out of NY and Chicago, GP Shopper works with companies such as Best Buy, Estee Lauder, Ulta and Nikon. Maya has twice been named “Guru of Mobile” by the DMA…