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Twisting the news – 43rd edition

In cappuccino on February 3, 2016 at 8:11 am

Renault opens a Chinese factory. It is for business moves like this I say we will be quite affected by an economic crisis in China. Renault’s facility is a joint venture with Chinese auto maker Dongfeng, as Renault is one of the last big names in the industry to enter the Chinese market. I’m not sure whether this is the best investment Renault could make, not only considering the situation in China, but also keeping in mind that the Chinese usually get the know how from foreign companies and later on they build it themselves and become one of the market leaders. I’ve probably said it before that I do not believe China, as it is today, quite state controlled, to be the best market for mass products, but I do believe China to be a very good market but luxury products, niche products that scream “made in Europe”. I believe China is a better opportunity for BMW-Audi-Mercedes than for Renault.

Cybersecurity is probably the main problem standing in our way with going furher with the Internet of Things and interconnectivity. However, Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 38th edition

In cappuccino on January 26, 2016 at 8:15 am

I am an online enthusiast, I’ve always been and there is no way I can hide it. I’ve endorsed online advertising since its early days and while I knew mobile and social media will reshape our existence, I couldn’t have guessed how much we were going to rely on all these. I was saying that nothing is dramatically changing, that we are just moving our society into e-society and adapting on the way: the teenager, the young, the medium aged, the old, they came to terms with e-society. For example, an elderly person, 83 years old, whose name happens to be Donald Rumsfeld, is building an app: Churchill’s Solitaire.  I find the news exciting, but not shocking, which means elderly people have been around the online world for a while now.

Although I am an advocate of e-society, we still need physical worlds to host our bodies and be the mis-en-place for our social interaction, and it seems that Renaissance Florence was better at it than nowadays Silicon Valley. Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 27th edition

In cappuccino on January 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

calendar-924930_640So, welcome 2016. Not in my best shape as I’m struggling with a cold, but there’s fun in the struggle. So, with my face almost entirely covered in tissues, with my red eyes, I present you the news, the history and the prognosis for 2016.

What will happen in tech? I’ll sum it up for you: sensors will be more and more present in our day to day life. They will gather even more data about us, which will make AI even more intuitive and relevant. Not necessarily in 2016, Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 16th edition

In cappuccino on November 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

They say Wednesday is the hardest day of the week, because it’s midweek,  the weekend is yet too far to consider it. So, today I’m beginning with a story, one to restore faith in humanity: a German watch brand is recognizing the impact Medicins Sans Frontieres through a dedicated watch you can buy heretangente_33_msf_raum01

Just two days ago, I was presenting you an analysis saying that post industrialism shouldn’t give up manufacturing, because economic growth cannot happen without manufacture. Here’s what happened in the third quarter in the US: economy grew and manufacturing production too. Also, something else is happening: Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 15th edition

In cappuccino on November 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

Volkswagen said it has fixed 90% of the cars in Europe. Out of the 11 million diesel engines affected, 8 million were in Europe, which means most of it was fixed. However, there’s one country on this planet that does not really care about pollution, and where VW’s sales rose 1.8%, the biggest market for Volkswagen. Even so, remember VW stopped investing in the development in China.

Digital, digital everywhere. We have digital platforms, we have digital organizations, we have digital groups, you know what we don’t really have: digital countries, digital citizenship, most of national administration feel a bit outdated in comparison to what our digital bubbles tell us. Australia, however, is considering a cloud based digital passport.  Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news 8th edition

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2015 at 7:29 am

download (1)Good morning. How many times have you looked at the screen of your phone by now? What was the first thing you saw this morning? Whom or what did you have coffee with? I’m guessing the answer for all the above is “my smarphone”. The computer is no longer the center of the universe. The smartphone is, they say the center of the tech universe, but, in fact, the smartphone is the center of the universe, full stop. While only 73% of the American adults own a desktop or a laptop computer, 92% of American adults own a cellphone and they are rapidly and increasingly shifting to smartphones. Read the rest of this entry »

The Infrastructure will be online

In cappuccino on October 7, 2015 at 6:30 am

downloadChina is a bubble. No, China is actually the world bank now. No, China is stagnating. No, China is becoming the world’s leading economy. Arguments on whether China is or will be the dominant economy. Long before China was even the topic for this discussion, one could see the course of action: China was to become an important economy, while the next developing countries would be African. I’m still willing to make this bet. I know about that hypothesis in which India will be the next boom, but I see Africa as being more dynamic, and I see both China and the US cooperating into creating Africa as the next market. Let’s move on to our topic today: Facebook will deliver internet access to sub Saharan Africa.  Read the rest of this entry »

Designed in San Francisco, sold in Africa

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

made-in-sans-franciscoWhile Apple and Samsung have relied on the Chinese growth, some other companies are looking for other markets. I have previously explained that China is a tough market: half government controlled, so called free market where the massive state PR machine can interfere at any moment. It happened to Apple and many other companies. Meanwhile, some other companies are looking towards the African horizon.

Meet Obi. Obi is a company founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley Read the rest of this entry »

The sharing economy in business

In cappuccino on March 24, 2015 at 7:51 am

sharing-economyThe sharing economy. The sharing economy is a type of collaborative society where individuals share their resources. Uber, airbnb and other such platforms are manifestations of the sharing economy. The sharing economy has been mainly targeting individuals, but is it possible to apply the same principles in the business world? How would it look like? Read the rest of this entry »

There should be no “Cheap” by Apple

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2014 at 5:55 am

Yesterday Apple held an event which will make Apple subject of the day for most business magazines today. They announced iOS and OS X updates introducing new services. Top news: Siri now has +22 languages, you can now pair your iPhone with your smart home devices, iCloud also got a serious makeover to target its biggest competitor,  Dropbox. Tim Cook made a serious affirmation, summarized as: we are dominating the mobile market.  Of course, the Apple – Android/Samsung debate is a neverending redundant one so I will not even begin to discuss it. There’s something else we need to talk about: the widespread idea that Apple should release low cost hardware. I’ve said it before, guys you’re wrong.

Apple should not, under any circumstances release low cost hardware. Not Apple. I’ve said it before, Apple shouldn’t go to China, Apple shouldn’t sell cheap smartphones and I was kind of happy to see Apple is becoming a lifestyle company. Take Apple as the Jimmy Choos of technology, as a friend of mine once said, and think of cheap Choos. Read the rest of this entry »