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3 Reasons to Love Google+ Hangouts

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Confession.  I’m in love with Google + Hangouts.  Yes, I’ve been completely bitten by the video chat bug.  Skype and Facetime have been around for quite a while…what took me so long to discover the joys of digitally-enabled face-to-face interaction? If you haven’t tried a Hangout yet, let me share 3 killer reasons why you shouldn’t wait any longer… 1 ... Read More »

SXSWi 2013: In Search of the Next Big Thing

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It’s that time of year…March Madness is upon us.  For most, it’s the season for NCAA championship ball accompanied by frothy green pints of Irish ale.  But for the techno-geeks, creative chics and other innovator-enthusiasts, the early part of March heralds a 5-day pilgrimage to Austin, TX for the annual South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) or ‘Southby’ experience as it’s ... Read More »

The Lean Startup: 10 Lessons for Us All

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Entrepreneurship.  Disruption.  The Next Big Thing.  Invention is alive and well.  Over the last decade, we’ve seen an explosion of startups – some like Twitter and Pinterest have left an indelible mark on our culture while others barely eeked out a puff of smoke as they faded into the distance.  Disruption is also raging inside corporate walls at places like ... Read More »

iMedi8: Inside Innovation

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Welcome to the first edition of iMedi8 – featuring eight great reads, infographics and videos on an industry topic / trend each month.  Lately, my research in innovation has led me to some fantastic thought leadership pieces from top consulting minds, academics and brand leaders.  Each of the links below have directly contributed to my day job of designing and ... Read More »

iMediaOutlook: 6 Trends to Watch in 2013

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2013 is off and running – time to take stock of various predictions about the evolution, maturation, coalescing of mobile, social and other digital trends.  Its an exciting time for all industries, thanks to rising device sophistication, increased bandwidth technology and feisty, knock em dead entrepreneurial spirit.  Ready or not, the face of business is about to get another makeover ... Read More »

Turning Bullish on Facebook…Wait and See

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Ever since its IPO in May of this year, the speculation on the value of Facebook has been fodder for analysts and everyday water cooler conversations.  With a market debut price of $38 per share that quickly plummeted to $21 within 5 months, Facebook was quickly dismissed as an overhyped, hot headed upstart destined to follow in the footstep of ... Read More »

SMWChicago12: SMW Party Experiment – Analog vs. Digital, Who Trumps Who?

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Picture it – two simultaneous parties are taking place; one with a sultry speakeasy echo of the earliest of analog days, the other with a bright, electro-chill vibe lit up over a multitude of digital flashes and screens.  In one, smartphones are not permitted; in the other, large wall screens invite participants to add their own mark to the virtual ... Read More »

SMWChicago12: Warhol Meets Social – the Intersection of Crazy Good

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I kicked off my Social Media Week Chicago festivities last week with the “Warhol Meets Social” panel, featuring a diverse set of artists David Hartt, VP Creative Director at Critical Mass, Young Sun Hang, Independent Artist and Michael Kozien, Associate Professor of Digital Media & Design College of Lake County.  Moderator,  Catherine Coykendall also from Critical Mass, fired up the ... Read More »

Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

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It’s a case of the old familiar.  Think back to the late 1990s – the Web 1.0 dawn before eCommerce saw everyone trying to stuff their print brochure onto the web = we ended up with brochureware.  Web 2.0 hasn’t been any different in my view – now, most brands are trying to stuff their websites into Facebook and e-mail ... Read More »