7 Things Done Well in Star Wars VII 

  The Force Awakens is pitch perfect. It successfully balances the treasures of the franchise’s history with very cool new characters, gadgets and locations. Here are seven nice touches I really appreciate:  Restores Your Faith Right From The Opening. Although I miss the 20th Century Fox fanfare, I appreciate the studio executives’ restraint of not putting […]

How to Replace Twitter Hearts with Any Emoji 

   As you may know, Twitter replaced their star icon (favorites) with a heart, citing that it is a more universal and intuitively understood and accepted icon. And, that people will tend to press ‘like more’ often than they press ‘favorite.’ If you don’t like the heart, you can change it into any icon you […]

Should You Buy an Apple Watch?

I bought my first Mac in 1987 and have purchased dozens since. I bought two of the first edition iPhones the day they released on June 29, 2007 (for me and my wife), and I purchased at least one iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 shortly after they released. (I […]

7 Years of iPhone Evolution in 6 Seconds

Throngs of Diffidence: All About the U2 + Apple Deal

This story is about the business of the U2/Apple/Universal Music deal for the free digital release of Songs of Innocence. My Songs of Innocence album review is here. This story is 2300 words long, not my usual “about 300.” Why’d I title this “Throngs of Diffidence?” Because “diffidence” means “lack of self-confidence” and Bono threw out a few […]

U2 – Songs of Innocence Album Review

This is my review of U2’s Songs of Innocence. Here is my review of their deal with Apple. U2’s most recent album release was in February of 2009. Since then, we have already had two Olympics competitions, two world cups, five Super Bowls, five MLB World Series and five NBA/NHL/etc Championships. Six (6!) iPhone generations […]

Business (and Life) Lessons from the World Cup (and my Dad & Son)

In watching the World Cup and my son’s traveling soccer games, I’ve come to realize that a look at the basic differences between offense and defense gives insight on human behavior and personalities that we can all use in business, as well as life in general. In this exercise, players on offense might be executives, marketers, salespeople, creatives […]

Super Bowl Synergy: Free Music From U2

Here’s a quick, practical example of Super Bowl-sized synergy. Synergy is the collaboration of two or more organizations to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. Synergy works best when it’s just a natural alignment of organizations’ regular activity. When you align what companies are going to do anyway, nobody […]

Looking for New Authors to Frame Up Cultural Trends

Today I’d like to “leak” to you a very cool project I’m doing with a dear friend of mine, David Kinnaman (@davidkinnaman) president of Barna Research (@barnaresearch). The exciting project is called Barna Frames, which is a revolutionary annual book series that will explore big trends in culture. We’re committing to 10 books to be […]

Literary Agent List

I often get asked by new or aspiring authors at conventions or over social networks if they can submit a manuscript or proposal. Like most companies in the creative arts, we do accept submissions but only through agents and attorneys (or colleagues) with whom we already do business. This is really in the best interest […]