The Battle for the Home

Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook are battling for the home; what are their strengths, weaknesses, go-to-market strategies, and business models, and who is the favorite? Or does it matter?

Amazon Echo Expands, The Nest Failure, Microsoft and Slack

There are a lot of useful lessons to draw from Amazon Echo’s early success, particularly when placed in contrast to Google’s Nest. Microsoft should pay heed if in fact they had a chance to buy Slack.

Daily Update: Peak Google and Car Insurance, Handicapping the Internet of Things

Good morning, I hope this is obvious, but since I did get a question, no, Xiaomi is not paying for my trip next week. I have a media invitation, that’s it. I’m paying for the trip because I think Xiaomi is a big deal and I hope to understand them better, and more importantly, share […]

Daily Update: Google’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Good morning, I am on vacation this week, so instead of Daily Updates based on the news of the past few days, I am doing Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis’ of five of the most important companies in tech: Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. These analysis’ are not meant to be comprehensive – I’m going to […]

Daily Update: Google and Nest Information, AppleTV and HomeKit, Surface Pro 3 and Nokia X2

Good morning, The ramp up to Google I/O is beginning in earnest; the keynote will be tomorrow, June 25, at 9am. I’m looking into the feasibility of doing another live chat for access members; check out Glassboard for details (or upgrade here). On to the update: Google and Nest Interaction Even as late as last […]

Nest Buys Dropcam, Amazon Coins for Fire Phone Developers, Yahoo’s Digital Magazines

Good morning, I am still trying to recover from that U.S. soccer game. What could have been! At least there is always plenty of tech news to draw us in. On to the update: Google Nest Buys Dropcam On Friday Nest announced they were buying Dropcam, a home monitoring service. From Recode: Dropcam, the popular […]

Google’s New Business Model

Excepting the patent and panic-driven Motorola deal, prior to yesterday’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion, the previous largest deal Google’s history was DoubleClick for $3.1 billion 2006. Beyond the similar dollar figures, it’s a deal worth considering for what it says about Google then and now. With the acquisition of DoubleClick, Google solidified its […]