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The Past, Present and Future of Social Media – How We Fell to the Dark Side and Why the Force is with Us

The Past, Present and Future of Social Media – How We Fell to the Dark Side and Why the Force is with Us

It was 2017 when I failed to deliver what would have been my eighth book. At the time, I was approaching the two year anniversary of the release of my previous work, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design. I was feeling the pressure to deliver. At the same time, my goal was to amplify my reach as an author, speaker and also as an authentic voice in a sea rife with other brilliant minds and more so, exceptional marketers. But,…

My SXSW 2019 Schedule + The Official Debut of Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life

My SXSW 2019 Schedule + The Official Debut of Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life

Are you going to SXSW 2019? Fancy that! I am too. It’s been almost three-and-a-half years since my last book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design. I’m so happy (and relieved) to share that I’m launching my next book at SXSW! Cue the trumpets! Introducing, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. While it’s my eighth book, it’s my first personal venture. I would love to share it with you in Austin if your schedule…

The Past, Present and Future of Social Media

The Past, Present and Future of Social Media

A big part of my work as a digital analyst and anthropologist is to track emerging and disruptive technology trends and study their impact on business and society. In the early 2000s, much of that work was focused on what was Web 2.0, collaboration (office 2.0) and the rise of social media. It was a very special time in my career. I had the good fortune to be in the center of a very important shift in technology and culture….

I was supposed to write about Apple’s new show ‘Planet of the Apps,’ Instead, I wrote about @GaryVee

I was supposed to write about Apple’s new show ‘Planet of the Apps,’ Instead, I wrote about @GaryVee

This post started as a review of the new show on Apple Music, “Planet of the Apps.” I realized the world didn’t need another announcement or review of the show. What I will say is this, any show that aims to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life and also transform them into budding businesses that change the world is important. The show features Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am and Gary Vaynerchuk. I’ve had the privilege of working with this crew (except…

Dear Startups: Disrupt Yourself To Disrupt The Industry

Dear Startups: Disrupt Yourself To Disrupt The Industry

Here’s something you may not know about me…Before I focused on studying digital transformation, innovation, culture and digital anthropology, I used to exclusively work with enterprise tech companies and startups going back to the (gasp) early 90s. I’ve been through Web 1.0, 2.0, the rise of digital, social, mobile, cloud and every SW/HW/online/app consumer and enterprise trend in between. In all my years, I’ve probably helped launch/advise over 1,000 companies. I’ve even started and exited a few myself (note: I still…

The Importance of Designing Customer Experiences

The Importance of Designing Customer Experiences

SXSW is one of my favorite events of the year for many reasons. It’s an experience where serendipity becomes the new gravity and almost everyone you meet has incredible stories to share. Upon arrival in Austin, I drove straight from the airport to the Sysomos lounge to see my dear friend Amber Naslund and her team. She was kind enough to host my very first booksigning of X the evening before SXSW was set to kick-off. The place was packed! What…

SXSW 2016: Where to Find Me (and Get Free Copies of X!)

SXSW 2016: Where to Find Me (and Get Free Copies of X!)

It’s that time of year again and I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet with so many incredible companies, entrepreneurs and people changing the world. There are a number events, book signings and presentations that I wanted to share with you. If you have time to make one or more, please join me. Many of the events are open to all with several generous companies offering free companies of X to attendees. Take a look below and let’s meet y’all!…

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