[20 Nov 2014 | No Comment]
Uber’s Controversies Highlight A Growing Transformation of Its Utopian Vision To One of Chaos

The word “disruption” has been thrown around in the tech industry rather nonchalantly over the past few years. The dictionary defines it as: “a disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.” And one company that has come up time and time again as the epitome of this phenomenon is Uber, the private car service that has Silicon Valley in a tizzy.
Since its inception, the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick has publicly said the existing taxi industry is corrupt and there was a perception that Uber was the white …

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[20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Uber’s Controversies Highlight A Growing Transformation of Its Utopian Vision To One of Chaos

The word “disruption” has been thrown around in the tech industry rather nonchalantly over the past few years. The dictionary defines it as: “a disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.” And one company that has come up time and time again as the epitome of this phenomenon is Uber, the private car service that has Silicon Valley in a tizzy.
Since its inception, the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick has publicly said the existing taxi industry is corrupt and there was a perception that Uber was the white …

[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Revel Systems Teams With Intuit On New Point-of-Sale With QuickBooks Online Support, Coming In 2015

Fresh off its $100 million Series C fundraising round, Revel Systems has announced a new partnership. At a soiree in San Francisco on Monday, the point-of-sale (POS) maker company’s co-founders disclosed that it is now partnering with Intuit and unveiled its new online iPad POS solution called QuickBooks Point of Sale powered by Revel Systems. It won’t be ready right away — Intuit says that it will be available in early 2015.
Intuit made the most recent move to form a more solid partnership. A deal was previously in place where data was shared between …

[7 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Throwing Out The Script: How Relationships Can Help Marketers Shape The Digital Age

Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Email, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Tumblr, WordPress, and YouTube … all tools belonging to the world of social media. For marketers and those in the communication space, these are services that we’re looking out for because it’s going to help spread our message to as many people as possible. But for a few marketers, the idea isn’t about actual impact, it’s about following the same marketing behaviors time and time again. We’re swept up in the age of technology and trying out the next shiny object that we’re oblivious …

[3 Oct 2014 | 4 Comments | ]
“The Burned-Out Blogger’s Guide” Is A Must-Read For PR Pros & Journalists To Create Good News

In my short, but rather busy life as a reporter for The Next Web, I’ve had many encounters with people involved in the public relations game. And while there were certainly good ones, sadly there were a small group that wasn’t up to par. Now, I’ll admit that I’m not a seasoned veteran like many of the other members of the tech press corp, and there’s certainly quite a few questions that I have around the press-PR professional relationship.
Thankfully there’s a new book by Jason Kincaid entitled “The Burned-Out Blogger’s …

[2 Oct 2014 | One Comment | ]
Echo’s New DIY Studio Service Aims To Enable Users To Create Branded Social Media ‘Experiences’

Social media engagement is certainly a program many brands and publishers have included in their marketing and public relations arsenal. However, for some, finding the right balance to create a proper environment that is seamless and native can be rather difficult. Does a business seek out developers to find ways to bring in feeds from available APIs? Should community managers be resigned to operating in a relative silo by managing all conversations on the respective services? Yes, there are useful dashboards to aggregate communications like with Hootsuite and Tweetdeck, but …

[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
In A Post-Alibaba IPO World, Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo Honeymoon Is Definitely Over

We’re on the eve of what many could describe as the biggest IPO in history. Chinese e-commerce service Alibaba is gearing up to go public and it’s expected to on Friday in a move that analysts predict will see the company raising $24.3 billion. That amount alone propels Alibaba to the upper echelons of the public companies with the biggest value, easily trumping Visa’s $19.65 billion IPO in 2008. But we’re not here to analyze Alibaba’s public offering. Rather, we’re here to look at one of the beneficiaries of it: Yahoo.
The …