What I Learned from Copa America Centenario

A few quick takeaways from what was a pretty cool tournament. 1) South American soccer is more fun than European soccer: Sure, the Germans have technical skill that is fun to watch. But if you gave me the choice to randomly select two South American teams or two European teams to watch play, I'd choose the South Americans every time. With the e…

How Much Should We Blame the News Media for Donald Trump?

There have been a lot of articles about how the media, needing a way to breathe life into this election 12 months ago, hooked itself up to the Trump Train and rode it through every area of chaos it went, cashing their checks whenever it came into the station to refuel. It really wasn't until they realized that a Trump Presidency was becoming ACTUAL…

Check Out This Sneaky Amazon Product Placement

Q: If you are a TV show on the bubble between renewal and cancellation, what's the best way to make the bosses happy? A: Make them more money. Undateable will never win an Emmy. It's niche is that in its 3rd season (and basically out of desperation due to being moved to the Friday night dustbin), it decided to shoot every episode live. The resu…

A Request to the Writers of The Daily Show

Dear Trevor Noah and the rest of The Daily Show writing team, I have a request for this election season. Every candidate is busy lining up endorsements from the people they thing will most energize voters. Candidates need endorsements from all the individual politicians, tastemakers and influencers, from President Obama to Jay Inslee to Ed Mu…

Join me at the Seattle Interactive Conference November 3

Over the last few years, I've had a few amazing chances to get in front of a large audience and either speak on, or moderate panels full of smart people. In about two weeks, I'll get the opportunity to moderate a panel at one of my favorite events - the Seattle Interactive Conference. The panel is focused on the changing role of online advertisi…

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, …

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. …

Seeing Sting and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

You know when you are sitting around with friends listening to music and enjoying a beverage or two, and someone says, "Wouldn't be AWESOME if "Person X" and "Person Y" went on tour together?" And then you spend an hour debating what group of people you'd like to see collaborate on stage at the same time for a whole show. Springsteen and Pearl …

A Cynical Realization About How I Read News

It's coffee break time. So I head over to Deadspin.com to do a quick scroll to see if there's anything im-sport-ant for me to follow up on. ¬†(Yes I created that term to describe important sports news, and I will allow you to use it...) The latest story on the A-Rod mess¬†attracts my attention. I read the story. I see both sides to the issue. I …

What the MLS Should Have Done on Wednesday

I'm pretty sure I threw this idea out a few years ago, but apparently MLS Commissioner Don Garber isn't a regular reader, so I'll post a modified version again. The day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game are the only 2 days in the calendar that none of the major 4 sports leagues have a competitive game. If I was the…