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Twisting the news – 47th edition

In cappuccino on February 9, 2016 at 5:51 am

Let’s talk about China, let’s not stop talking about China, because it’s about the economy, you occidental. China became the world’s second largest economy, but world’s biggest market for many western businesses and that is why we are going to keep the hype around China. For example, being the world’s largest car market, China can fuel rapid adoption of electric cars throughout the world and make the technology more affordable. I dare make a bet: let Tesla manufacture in China and in one year you are going to see a Chinese rival. For the record, Elon Musk was considering a manufacturing plant in China in 2014.  Do not only see this matter as one sided, as the Chinese are lacking creativity and the ability to invent something, it is part of their culture to take the prototype and make it perfect. However, look at the matter from another angle, it also means liberalization and affordability for that certain good.

And obviously, Happy Chinese New Year! May the Monkey be with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 44th edition

In cappuccino on February 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

75d58c5fa (1)Good morning onliners. It was just yesterday I was reading that it has become cheaper to open a physical store than an online one as everybody is moving online and battling for a limited amount of attention they can get from customers. At the same time I was reading Amazon is opening hundreds of physical bookstores. The Atlantic makes a pretty nice summary of the theories revolving around this news. I would stick to far less than The Atlantic is presenting: with physical locations becoming cheaper, we have two problems left: delivery time and delivery cost, also side problems with deliveries, which makes the shipping cost one of the most important problems an online store has. And there is one perspective I couldn’t agree more with: books are just a test drive for Amazon.

I was saying that infrastructure will be online for the next billion users. So will probably the next industrial Revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 40th edition

In cappuccino on January 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

We should all accept that disruption is a thing, a big thing, be that a too much hyped word or a concept with real implications for our lives. However, it is present in our lives and it is lowering our change resistance. If you are a disruption enthusiast, take 5 minutes to read this, but actually, I read it already and I can tell you: stop worrying whether you are disruptive enough and or whether you play by the rules of now-traditional-disruption. Disruption does not play by the rules, and if you are running a big company, dinosaurs as I call them, try to make them dance by the new rules. In this manner of thought, I believe GM is doing a great job joining the sharing economy and launching Maven.

Everybody is going insane that Apple missed its unit target. I am not an Apple fan, but please do remember that Apple just reported record profit for the last quarter. Selling many units was never the business model for Apple and with huge margins, quantity is not the future for Apple. I’ve seen a number of voices who claim that Apple’s wow days are gone, Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 37th edition

In cappuccino on January 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Let’s skip the fact that it’s Monday again, let’s go directly to the news: what happened during the weekend, which are the announcements and predictions for this week. It looks like we’re finally accepting that we’re back on track and we stopped summarizing what happened last year and finally moving on, eager or less eager to see what awaits in 2016.

GM-Maven-Car-Sharing-626x417It is the widespread general opinion that Uber belongs to a niche of tech aware millenials but it now seems that Uber is becoming mainstream, being more popular than taxis even among businessmen. Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 36th edition

In cappuccino on January 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Some time ago, I was discussing the importance of Facebook investment in Oculus Rift, I was saying, yes, sure, augmented reality is relevant to video games, advertising, retail but also of great importance in virtual dialogue, be that a conference, a grup or just a talk with a friend, and Facebook is the owner of two of the most relevant IM apps on the market: Messenger and Whatsapp and also the biggest social network ever created. However, until Oculus becomes widely available, here’s what Microsoft is doing: Microsoft is investing in a project called RoomAlive which scans each individual sitting in each room and projects the image into the other room, as if they were there speaking face to face. The project sounds a little more complicated and unachievable than what Facebook could do with Oculus. Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 32nd edition

In cappuccino on January 14, 2016 at 8:59 am
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source: industryweek.com

Tesla, it seems that from now on, you will not alone. Audi joins you and many other. However, Tesla is still trying to lead the market. Now it is going to be about who makes the best the best driver for the drivelerless. Remaining in the auto industry, US Government is not satisfied with Volkswagen’s plan to recall the affected vehicles. Not everything goes according to the plan for Volkswagen. Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 25th edition

In cappuccino on December 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, but how much oil does his sleigh need?  Of course, the question does not aim to find the right quantity of oil but the cost of such a journey: $45 million.

Hmmm, is China on the verge of a crisis in the auto industry? The Chinese auto industry grew a little after the fall in tax, however, this does not seem sustainable on a long term and this does not regard only Chinese automakers but also international corporations who saw China as the biggest market, including VW who previously halted the investment in a manufacturing facility. Many automakers relied on China for their growth, but China proves to be a fragile market once again. Remaining in the field of automakers, more and more companies are announcing their tests for self driving cars. One of them is Ford and it has a green light to test self driving cars in CaliforniaRead the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 24th edition

In cappuccino on December 16, 2015 at 7:47 am
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source: gadgetsboutique.com

Missed these folks, Apple and Samsung and their patent trial? Apparently it is far from being over. Samsung is taking the case to the Supreme Court, hoping to overturn the decision taken in 2012. I’m with the democratization of technology on this one which  eventually becomes progress. For example, here are three ways low cost technology is transforming manufacturing. This eventually translates into more people having access to more basic goods.

Here’s solid proof you can start a business from anything: a Canadian company is selling bottled air in China  Read the rest of this entry »

Twisting the news – 21st edition

In cappuccino on December 9, 2015 at 7:51 am

Culture and business are often something regarded as different, but culture and business should always come together, and this just reminded me how important it is to have a cultural perspective on the business world, even on the Internet of Things. I definitely like the emphasis on how culture translates into marketing and how the Internet of Things could benefit, or not from that. Speaking of IoT, here’s someone who might getting a real glimpse of what is going on right now: a lot of hype but no one really knows what it is. According to this guy we’re getting there but we fear cyber security is not good enough yet.

Best use of IoT in marketing? It might go to Pernord Ricard for its idea to transform bottles into displays. One thing that it could actually do is notify the consumer about its level and automatically order a refill. Quite close to Amazon’s button, but with a wider persepctive.  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 »