In Guy Kawasaki speak, “jump to the next curve” to become a more valuable consumer product company

2018-05-24T16:39:47+00:00By |Categories: Outlook, Uncategorized|

This video tells us how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have become so valuable and integral to our lives. In a nutshell, their offerings get better every time someone uses them because they collect data that allows them to feed back into improving their offerings. This is in stark contrast to a consumer product that offers [...]

How entrepreneurs can get through a recession and the rough ride we have ahead

2017-11-14T11:26:49+00:00By |Categories: Outlook|Tags: |

We're in for a rough ride, folks. At present, the U.S and world econpmy is generally doing well. But there are massive imbalances building, mainly through debt (government, corporate/business, personal, unfunded pentions obligations, margin debt), but also through things like delayed infrastructure upgrades and improvements. Couple these with unfavorable demographics in especially the developed world [...]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning

2018-05-08T21:03:25+00:00By |Categories: Outlook|Tags: , , |

Original entry:  8/15/2017 Content added 5/8/2018 I continue to study this area but as of yet, not done anything directly in it, other than using SAAS systems that use AI (like X.ai). But I continue to study this area for application in my work because like all tech, it is continuing to get more capable [...]

Amazon and Whole Foods Market

2017-08-24T12:42:07+00:00By |Categories: Outlook|Tags: , |

Original entry: 7/1/2017 Updated:  8/16/2017 There's much discussion about this acquisition and its impact on AMZN, WFM, consumers and competitors. I have seen no discussion about the impact on brands and manufacturers in CPG, or as of this writing, not yet. My take is this is another indication of a long-term trend in retail where [...]

Retail Distortion

2017-08-16T13:49:46+00:00By |Categories: Outlook|Tags: , , |

Original entry: 5/15/2017 Updated 6/25/2017 There is huge disruption going on at all levels and categories of retail, as far as I can see. This is causing what I call distortion. Distortion in that some brands I see that are killing it at retail, yet cannot get more SKU's placed or placement in more locations [...]

Productivity

2019-01-18T07:11:13+00:00By |Categories: Outlook|Tags: , , , , , |

Original entry:  5/1/2017 Update:  7/23/2017 Update:  8/19/2017 Update 1/18/19 The last few years I have mostly spent hunkered down, building my Lean & Agile Framework to support my Growth Stack, which is my approach to growth that in my experience, requires the least amount of investment and the least amount of risk, and has the [...]