How Tidal Goes Against All Current Product Development Theories

I'm not an expert in the music industry. I have no idea what the future olds for Pandora, Spotify, iTunes and now Tidal, Jay-Z's new streaming service that describes itself as, "Introducing the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial." However, …

Trying to Decipher MLS Transfer Rules

Here's something about MLS I don't quite understand. DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Anderlecht of the Belgian League. A friend of mine who knows a ton about soccer asked this series of questions: Is this a big step up for Yedlin? I'm sure he'd get a raise, but I'm sure he could get a raise in MLS too. But in terms of advancing his career, does …

Winners and Losers in a Digital Economy

This was the best 22:00 of YouTube video that I've seen in a long time. The speaker is Scott Galloway, who owns a think tank called L2 and is also a marketing professor at NYU Stern. He quickly explains who is winning and losing in everything from social media and retail to brands and world economies. Really interesting stuff. …

My Report From the Seattle Arena Town Hall Meeting

I couldn't resist.  I needed to check out the Town Hall meeting to discuss the SODO Arena Proposal.  I had no idea what to expect. The Town Hall was hosted by King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, and Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien. I don't have any previous knowledge of these two gentlemen, so I was able to enter this with an open …

If I Was The NFL Pro Bowl Director

It's been a long time since I wrote anything here.   If only there was a tool that helped people write coherent blog posts... Well no one asked me, but here's what I would do if I had to make something out of the NFL Pro Bowl.  Keep in mind the following items: The game is atrocious The NFL needs it as a way to spiff their advertisers …

Occupy Seattle Described as a Poker Game

You won't see this analysis written anywhere else - this content comes from part of an email chain where a bunch of people were discussing the differences between the original Occupy Wall Street and the local spin-off versions such as Occupy LA and Occupy Seattle.  It all stemmed from an LA Times article that explained it would cost Los Angeles $2…

McDonald’s “I Spy” Interactive Video Campaign

Another nice find by DigitalBuzzBlog. This McDonald's campaign asks you to watch a :50 YouTube video and look for a certain character hiding in the scene. If you click on the character, you move on to the next level. It's actually a little hard at first, so don't lose your patience the first time to get to the end without spotting Grimace. …

In the Battle of Sports Leagues, Here’s Why the NFL Wins

I don't really have a good opening paragraph for this post. I think I have a good point, but I don't quite have the narrative to kick it off. Now if I was the NFL, I'd have the perfect opening. I'd have crafted the perfect phrase, and delivered a genius punchline. The NFL started today. And honestly, besides making sure no one on my Fantasy…

Supporting Data for Why Butler Couldn’t Do Anything in the NCAA Final Game

Anyone who watched the NCAA Final on Monday - or more accurately tried to watch it - acknowledges that it was one of the worst performances in a championship game in recent memory.   Now, a few sports radio shows have lobbed theories that there was something wrong with the rims, whcih made the game unplayable.  And just about any sports o…