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When Amazon launched its first cashier-less store in 2016 — a ‘just walk out’ store as the company prefers — it blew people’s minds. Was it an end to the dreaded supermarket queue? The ability to walk into a store, do your shopping, and leave without standing in a queue…


A photo of arm-wrestling over money is a good metaphor for what’s happening between FIFA and Electronic Arts right now. Too bad the former cannot hope to win this one. (Image: Gratisography, Pexels)

It’s not often that we get to have some fun with the modern entertainment companies themselves instead of their products — but this is exactly what’s happening in the last few days with one of the greatest video game publishers in the world, Electronic Arts, and FIFA, the “non-profit” organization…


No Mercy No Malice

Two weeks ago, at the Code Conference, Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel claimed “the total addressable market of content is infinite.” Netflix is spending $17 billion a year to validate his thesis. So far, they’re both right. Since last Friday, Netflix raised subscription prices in 11 countries by as much as…


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We spend a lot of money every holiday season. Even in the heart of the pandemic, consumers managed to spend nearly a trillion dollars ($876 B), which was, remarkably, 4.1% more than the pre-pandemic previous holiday shop fest.

But for most of 2021, a storm’s been brewing and is now…


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Around this time last year, my company went through the process of hiring a new C-suite exec. Unlike a lot of other tech companies, the one I worked for was all about inclusivity and diversity, at least on the surface. They visibly and financially supported the Black Lives Matter movement…


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When the renowned investor Warren Buffett bets a million dollars on an outcome, it’s rarely a good idea to take the other side of it. In 2008, the hedge fund manager Ted Seides decided to try his luck anyway, taking on Buffett’s public wager that an index fund that tracked…


No Mercy/No Malice

If Edward Snowden was injected with a megadose of Super Soldier Serum, he’d look something like Frances Haugen. Perhaps Haugen’s disclosures — that among so many other evils, Zuckerberg knew Facebook’s products “harm children” — means that Facebook has crossed the wrong cowboys, specifically … cowgirls who are moms. …


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WTF Is Depreciation?

Nothing gets my heart racing like the phrase “the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen since WeWork,” so my palms got sweaty when I saw this Tweet:

All assets have limited lifespans. Trucks can only drive for so many miles. Computers and IT hardware become obsolete. When’s the last time…


I Read It So You Don’t Have To

What did I read?

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

So who is Oliver Burkeman?

Burkeman is an award winning feature writer for The Guardian, where he wrote the weekly column, “This Column Will Change Your Life.” …


Number Crunch

$6 billion: Warby Parker’s staggering valuation after its stock prices soared 36% during its debut on the stock market last Wednesday.

Many eyeballs were fixed on Warby Parker’s stock market debut on September 29, eager to see how the market would react to a DTC brand going public. The company…

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