December 1, 2016

‘Fourth Transformation’ book: Brace for impact

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Book review: A clear-eyed look at the mind-blowing changes in spatial computing dead ahead

Title: “The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence Change Everything”
Authors: Robert Scoble & Shel Israel
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: December 7, 2016 on Amazon

JD LasicaAt the Launch Scale conference in San Francisco on Nov. 14, technologist-futurist Robert Scoble held forth for 20 minutes wearing a mixed reality headset, allowing him to interact with the attendees (startup founders, angels and techies) while projecting a presentation behind him. “Within two years,” he said at one point, “everybody in this room will be wearing a glass. And you might say ‘I’m never going to do that,’ but I’m telling you right now, you will.”

A few minutes later he insisted: “You all are going to have this in 12 months or less.”

It was classic Scoble: forward-looking, brash, boundlessly optimistic, a bit aggressive on the time line, and passionate about plunging headlong into a blossoming new era — the age of spatial computing — which he and co-author Shel Israel lay out so vividly in their new book, “The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence Change Everything,” which goes on sale on Amazon in the next week. Continue reading

December 1, 2016

The more the messier for search success

redbullhorn Chris AbrahamYou need to spend only 20% of the time you do on your content marketing and marketing SEO than you’re doing — at least for now. Be quick, be messy, be pedestrian, maybe even turn off your Grammatik and your Autocorrect. Churn out five-times the amount of content you’ve been writing then hit publish and walk away for a couple days. Then, feel free to get all anal retentive on your content — but only with the stuff you plan to add to your portfolio. Leave everything else as close to as-is as possible. Please.

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November 30, 2016

We live in the age of the ‘Next Big Thing’

Old School is New School by Nate Paul

Post by Nate Paul

The latest and greatest smartphones are released every twelve months, rendering the last model about as useful as a paperweight (if you believe the marketing hype).  An entire industry has been built around Silicon Valley’s cult of disruption, a belief that we should always be replacing our old way of thinking and doing with new and exciting ideas.

It seems like nothing is safe from our love affair with newness.  In the coming years, cars will relieve us of the burden of sitting behind the wheel and smart refrigerators will relieve us of the worry of remembering to pick up milk.

Don’t get me wrong – I love technology. In fact, one of the most gratifying parts of my job is working with software and technology companies and the growth of their businesses. It’s hard not to be excited by the endless ways that innovation will change our lives for the better in the years to come. Continue reading

November 18, 2016

2 Google Demo Day award winners

BeerOrCoffee lets people who use a mobile app connect at a cafe (or elsewhere) in real time.

BeerOrCoffee lets people who use a mobile app connect at a cafe (or elsewhere) in real time.

Target audience: Startups, entrepreneurs, technologists, innovators, businesses, digital marketers, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

JD LasicaIhaven’t had time until now to write about Google Demo Day Women’s Edition, which drew hundreds of participants to Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters on Nov. 3. Two of the startups won the top awards and garnered special praise, and I got to interview one of the startup’s founders.

Beer or Coffee

Perhaps the day’s most straightforward concept, yet tough to pull off, BeerOrCoffee is a Brazil-based startup led by Roberta Vasconcellos, named a “30 Under 30” mover and shaker by Forbes. Continue reading