2019, Red Hot IPO Year for Silicon Valley

There are nearly a dozen tech Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) planned for 2019, the tech companies are scurrying to generate immense wealth before the expected 2020 recession. While many industries are seeing financial problems. pre-IPO tech companies are being heavily valued by Wall Street traders and financial analysts. Most of these companies are Collaborative Economy companies, an industry I covered with great detail over the last half decade. These online marketplaces enable the buying and selling of assets (they don’t own) between individuals. Since they don’t own most of the assets, they have great upside –and little downside. These tech companies are the darlings in business, as they prepare for a massive set of IPOs that could result in over $250 … Continue reading2019, Red Hot IPO Year for Silicon Valley

Roadmap: Five Phases of Digital Eras

Five Phases of Digital Eras Roadmaps directionally guide us when situations are unclear. To guide me, I often used this framework in client work, speeches, and reports. It serves us to see how technology is rolling out in our lives, as Scott Monty said, it could a “chart of your life”. It’s not just for me, it’s for all of us to use in our personal and professional planning. As we approach the anticipated recession, now is a good time to publish this roadmap, as we’ve seen economic conditions shape each era. For example, in the Internet Era, the dot coms experienced a shakeout in the 2001 recession. Next the Social Media era became a low-cost channel in the next … Continue readingRoadmap: Five Phases of Digital Eras

What it Means: Apple Wants To Reduce Addiction to its own iPhone

Click above video or access directly: Tim Cook describes how he wants users to curb their phone addictions and have “a great life” without being tethered to the phone, features include data on app usage, and ability for users to limit notifications, apps, and overall time on device. By Jeremiah Owyang, Jessica Groopman, Rebecca Lieb, and Jaimy Szymanski. Apple is leading self-regulation of the tech industry by enabling users to impose limits on the time they spend on social networks. The company, which has 44% of smartphone market share in the USA, is using its hardware and software platforms to become the arbiter of balance in our lives, by providing multiple features that will: gauge how much technology we’re using, and … Continue readingWhat it Means: Apple Wants To Reduce Addiction to its own iPhone

Virtual Assistant Management Systems (VAMS)

By Jeremiah Owyang and Jessica Groopman, Kaleido Insights Analysts. A new category of software companies must emerge, these companies enable a business to manage multiple virtual assistant experiences from one single platform. Business needs: marketing, customer care, and other departments are struggling to manage various virtual assistant and AI platforms ranging from Alexa, Cortana, Facebook messenger, and beyond. The APIs will frequently change, often without notice, multiple scripts will have to be integrated and managed per each platform. These vendors have the following features: Enable a business buyer to manage a single set of chat scripts from a single platform, Manage changing APIs from various Virtual Assistant companies, reducing customization by the business buyer Enterprise-class data security and compliance Provide … Continue readingVirtual Assistant Management Systems (VAMS)

Analysis: Should Blockchain Power Your Customer Loyalty Program?

By Kaleido Insights Research Analysts: Jeremiah Owyang, Jessica Groopman, Jaimy Szymanski, and Rebecca Lieb Trend: Nearly a dozen companies have announced their intent to launch blockchain-based loyalty programs and/or branded cryptotokens to encourage customer engagement. But should your company?  Is it right for your loyalty program? Is it just hype? Should you deploy? Our analysis of what you should consider. Keep in mind, many of these are corporate announcements of intention to launch the programs, few are currently deploying. A few examples: Recently, restaurant holding group Chanticleer (franchises include Little Big Burger, American Burger Co., Hooters, Just Fresh, and BGR) announced its intent to use a blockchain-based loyalty coin for rewards across its dining brands, Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten just … Continue readingAnalysis: Should Blockchain Power Your Customer Loyalty Program?

Introducing: The 2015 Crowd Companies Awards

Crowd Companies’ member organizations consistently work to overcome challenges while leading their teams in adapting to, and thriving within, the Collaborative Economy. Their efforts to connect with new the crowd behaviors have not gone unnoticed. 2015 Crowd Companies Awards Recognize Collaborative Economy Excellence: At the Crowd Companies “Main Event” in San Francisco on Oct. 6-7, we presented awards to five member companies that have exhibited excellence in the creation and execution of Collaborative Economy programs. The following companies have proven ROI as a result of their dedication and initiative deployment in the areas of on-demand integration, crowd collaboration, brand innovation, and enablement of makers and marketplaces. Below are photos of Angus Nelson of member success and I, presenting awards at the council event. … Continue readingIntroducing: The 2015 Crowd Companies Awards