email_overload This is an interesting article about Asana. Certainly solving workflows inside the company’s walls is a good problem to solve.

However, I don’t see the battle that he is talking about as being about email, as painful as it is. The real opportunity is enabling knowledge workers to better coordinate their activity to get things done, better and faster than ever before – whether that is a project, recruiting people, sourcing knowledge, etc. Much of this activity happens with people outside of the walls of the company – with a knowledge worker’s work network. Those are people as nodes on a network – presently via dumb email – but should really be done through smart connections and communications. Mobile is certainly an enabler to solve this problem, and then let email go by the way of paper mail.


Eating-the-WorldMarc Andreessen in his article that retail will completely die is directionally correct, but rather than software “eating retail” per his “software is eating the world model”, it will enable a very powerful and personalized mobile-enabled retail experience that will blow away the experience of just buying goods online from the computer on your desk.

Think of the future of retail more like the Apple retail store model, powered by a compelling & personalized mobile-enabled shopping experience. Less inventory, more experience in the store and at its surroundings, much more known about the consumer while they are shopping and most importantly before they walk in the door.

The mobile computer in your pocket, combined with location transmitters and information sensors surrounding the spaces around you, and a powerful data engine with personalization capabilities will enable shopping and all of the activities that could surround a shopping outing to be fun and entertaining.

The benefits are great – excellent social experience with friends while buying goods, and the goods that you need right away are available, the rest can be delivered home. You can wrapper a shopping outing with food & entertainment with friends and super convenience through a tailored experience. Along the journey you will receive personalized offers and rewards, be navigated directly to the products you want to buy, learn about relevant deals and specials, earn rewards points, find interesting activities to do, be able to locate friends around you and gather for entertainment and dining, receive advice from friends & experts, compare products and services, sort purchases for immediate take-home or home delivery, and make the final purchases. And each visit adds to your profile, making future visits more compelling, valuable and entertaining.

That is a much better future than just sitting by yourself and buying every thing online from your computer!


Putting the World in the Palm of Your Hand

July 15, 2013

Appconomy continues to plow ahead on its mission to map the world’s people, places and things to simplify people’s lives with mobile apps. Apps powered by Appconomy will serve people globally across their daily activities in the physical (non-online) world such as shopping, healthcare, entertainment, and transportation. Our apps are highly local – as local […]

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Riding Giants – On to the next big enterprise wave

December 15, 2010

In tracing back my career over the past 13 years since I graduated from business school, I realized three constants have existed. First, I have either worked for, or started companies that designed and built software that served enterprises, including businesses and public sector entities. Second, each of these entities have been highly entrepreneurial, whether […]

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links for 2010-08-03

August 3, 2010

Do we need a third mobile platform beyond Apple and Android? – iPhone app article – Kevin Maney | Appolicious ™ iPhone App Directory How many mobile platforms do we want? Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Microsoft (MSFT) are about to force the issue. Right now, it looks like just two operating systems will dominate the mobi […]

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Achieving the nirvana of end-user pull in enterprise computing

July 20, 2010

I recently did a briefing with Josh Greenbaum of Enterprise Applications Consulting on nGenera’s new collaboration platform for social business, called Spaces by nGenera. Josh and I had a great conversation about our unique approach to this market with this product, centered around having created a compelling user experience geared to drive end-user adoption. Josh […]

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Getting back to a single smartphone

July 19, 2010

I’m determined to get back to using a single smartphone. I was there with the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007. However, once the iPhone 3G came out, I started having the infamous dropped call problem. Since then, I’ve signed up with Google Voice, pointed my Google Voice number at my iPhone, bought a […]

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links for 2010-04-26

April 26, 2010

Check Mate: Apple's iPad and Google's Next Move – O'Reilly Radar (tags: apple, google, ipad, mobile, tablet) Five reasons iPhone vs Android isn't Mac vs Windows – O'Reilly Radar (tags: mobile, iphone, android google, apple)

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links for 2010-04-14

April 14, 2010

RT @bfeld: RT @newsgator: Fierce Content Management goes one on one with NewsGator's VP of products, @bkellner ht… RT @bfeld: RT @newsgator: Fierce Content Management goes one on one with NewsGator's VP of products, @bkellner #newsgator #E20 via SimplyTweet … (tags: e20 newsgator twitter)

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links for 2010-04-10

April 10, 2010

Seeking capital? A new option rears its head | VentureBeat (tags: vc funding investment royalty) The Stealth Mode: Trada’s Position on Staying Stealth | Trada Blog (tags: startup entrepen strategy management tips)

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links for 2010-04-05

April 5, 2010

Stu Wall's Tumblr Blog – Why MBAs Fail at Entrepreneurship (tags: vc entr entrepreneurship startups mba)

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My Happiness Project

April 3, 2010

Image borrowed from While on vacation over my holiday break late last year through early January 2010, I came across this blog post by venture capitalist and prolific blogger Fred Wilson. The post is about The Happiness Project, a book and blogging effort and personal initiative of Gretchen Rubin. Fred piqued my interest enough […]

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links for 2010-03-29

March 29, 2010

VC wisdom: Be a missionary, not a mercenary | VentureBeat (tags: vc startup advice leadership) Four ways to make money “selling” free mobile apps | VentureBeat (tags: row9 mobile apps) Emergence Capital: Profitable Lessons From Freemium Business Models – SVW (tags: vc startups freemium model) Confessions from a Natural-Born Starter About Follow-Through (tags: startups entrepreneurship […]

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