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Bits & Pieces…

Bits & Pieces…

As a tribute to the Dave Clark Five, this column consists of Bits & Pieces: Denouement of the Salesforce.com acquisition situation; What the recently announced IBM-GE-Verizon big data alliance means for the future of the category; Three much-hyped categories – cognitive analytics, plus two types of wearable devices – that have yet to cross the chasm; Thanks to successive breaches of corporate data, information security moves into the mainstream; Update on how well major on-demand businesses Airbnb and Uber are orchestrating change in their respective industries…

2014’s Top 20 Trends & Disruptions in Enterprise and Consumer Markets

2014’s Top 20 Trends & Disruptions in Enterprise and Consumer Markets

2014 brought us a number of intriguing developments in business and consumer tech. Here’s a list of my Top Twenty trends and disruptions that I found most significant, not only during 2014, but providing pointers for 2015 and beyond.

Breaking Bad – Will Uber Blow It?

Breaking Bad – Will Uber Blow It?

What on earth is happening at Uber? The company, which in recent months has continued its rapid growth, has been busy disrupting the taxi industry globally since its inception five years ago. Unfortunately, the company appears to be causing not only controversy – some of which is inevitable when a new business model upsets an entrenched industry such as the taxi and limo business – but getting itself into hot water all over the place, including most recently in the U.S marketplace and political scene. This begs the question: Will the company’s board rein in the CEO and management team before regulators step in, or will the company’s arrogance prove to be literally a fatal flaw?

The Evolution of Trust in the Sharing Economy – Driving the Growth of Airbnb, BlaBlaCar, Lyft and Others

The Evolution of Trust in the Sharing Economy – Driving the Growth of Airbnb, BlaBlaCar, Lyft and Others

After experiencing rapid growth since its 2008 founding and receiving a recent valuation of $10bn, Airbnb has become a standard-bearer for the much-hyped sharing economy. This socio-economic-technological movement is not entirely new; its roots are in traditional boardinghouses and more recently in 1990s internet precursors such as eBay and Craigslist. But Airbnb differs from, say, Uber, which I covered in my last post. Whereas Uber’s main focus has been on reorganizing the licensed taxi and limo business globally, Airbnb and other newcomers facilitate the matching of unused or surplus space owned by private individuals with travelers seeking a cheap, personal form of accommodation. What are the key ingredients for Airbnb’s ongoing success, and how should incumbents disrupted by Airbnb respond?