Why is the Retail Apocalypse Playing Out Now? A Few Thoughts on Structural Changes

Through the first 90 days of 2017, nine retailers have filed for bankruptcy – as many as in all of 2016. Year-to-date Chapter 11 filings: BCBG Max Azria Eastern Outfitters Gordmans Stores Gander Mountain General Wireless Operations (formerly RadioShack) HHGregg Limited Stores Michigan Sporting Goods Distributors Wet Seal Additionally, J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Macy’s, and Sears…

Should the Internet Aspire to be More?

I stumbled upon “What the Internet cannot do” today. It was published in The Economist on August 17th, 2000 and reminded me how we used to feel about the internet.  It was the Internet back then, not the internet. It was still a proper noun so we capitalized it. It was a place we went.…

Amazon Alexa at our Dinner Table

Family dinner is the goal. And I’m reminded of this every time I read an article hightlighting the value and parental stress imbedded within this longtime cultural ritual. With each article, I always feel the same emotions – an equal and offsetting dose of guilt and hope.  Ethel Rohan’s article in the Washington Post is the most…

A Long Recap of Some of What I Learned in 2016

I love reflection and especially the reflection that bookends a calendar year. The ruminating, meditating, thoughtful examination of the previous year colliding with the hopeful, optimistic, anticipatory dreams of what tomorrow will bring. I like taking stock, and recommitting to a better me living in a tomorrow that I try to make better. The traditional…

2017 is (again) the Year of Video

Yes, we’ve had a few years we’ve called “The Year of Video” and yes I think 2017 will be importantly different than those other years. In the past, when we talked about the “Year of Video,” we were primarily focused on existing video content. But I see subtle changes taking place this year not about…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 2016

Here’s my annual tech rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. A recording can be found here ‘twas the night before Christmas and in all through the house there were computers a plenty but not many a mouse It’s the end of the year Another one’s done So light the yule log And lets have some…

#7 – 2016 New York City Marathon Recap

The New York City Marathon is like nothing else. It is one of the World’s iconic marathons, perhaps the World’s single most iconic marathon. Over 51,000 runners finished this year’s race – putting it almost 10,000 finishers ahead of Paris and Chicago, the second and third largest marathons in the world respectively. The event gets…

Seeing Green

This morning a friend linked to a talk by Jill Thomas that has me thinking about green. Before moving to SoCal, Jill lived in Northern Virginia for a few years. In the early years of diving deeper into photography and building a budding business, she took some of my favorite family photos when she hauled…