Great topic Zack! Its pretty interesting to me that the NFL chose Twitter as its partner to live stream games online. I agree that live streaming online is a necessity in today’s digital world (especially considering that practically every game can already be found online illegally), but I think it was a relatively poor decision to partner with a social media platform that has been under such negative scrutiny over the last few years and appears to be on its way out. I think by altering their method of delivering live online streaming there is certainly some room for improvement for the NFL.
Great post Kevin! In hindsight its easy to see how Netflix adapted in order to outgrow large, slow-moving incumbents like Blockbuster, but looking forward it is not so easy. I wonder what the next massive transformation in the media streaming / viewing industry will be? And I wonder if Netflix will be able to embrace it, or if they, similar to Blockbuster, will be made irrelevant by someone newer and faster?
I was shocked to hear about Netflix’s 50/50 goal of eventually streaming half of their own content. For a company who entered the space as a distributor of media, its pretty wild to see them having success in actually producing their own media. I wonder what tools enabled them to be so successful at producing their own media. Do you think access to the data of all of Netflix’s subscribers, and what they watch, how they watch, when they watch, etc., was the secret weapon that allowed Netflix to enter the content generation business so quickly and successfully?
Great post George! We put so much value on the stories of the successful, but it is in the failures where we can learn the most. It really is quite surprising that Nike failed in the wearable space considering the dominance they already owned in the athletic apparel market. I drew many tangents from this article back to discussions that we have had in Lead, and how critical it is to be able to attract, motivate, and retain top talent – and the same applies to partnerships. It appears here that the critical blow was the conflict of interest with Apple. I wonder if Nike had gone at this alone, entirely in house, if they would have been able to rival FitBit??
Great post Casey!! What a crazy topic. I think this proves to be an excellent example of how digital transformation impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, even trashcans… I look forward to hearing about how Big Belly continues to evolve and what steps they’ll take next!! The mention of possibly measuring pedestrian foot traffic or radiation detection sounds like they could offer additional beneficial services and information to the cities with which they have partnered!! I wonder where they will go next.
What a fascinating concept. I think that over the next few decades the airline industry will be under the microscope for their efficiency, as like you mentioned, they tend to lag behind other industries in progressive efficiency movements. I like to draw comparison from the auto industry. For many years now, certain auto companies have spent billions of dollars making cars more efficient, and developing cars that can run off of alternative energy sources (primarily electricity). I look forward to the same revolution taking place in the airline industry, but I see it bringing serious additional challenges. Electric cars has clearly become the next wave of efficiency in the auto industry, however, because of the severe weight of the batteries required to store all of the energy, this would be extremely tough to apply to planes. I look forward to seeing how the industry innovates to be more efficient!! Great topic!
What a fascinating topic. A few weeks ago in Cambridge there was a TEDx speaker who hit on the evolution of the farming industry and how the world today consumes more food than we ever have, but has less farmers than ever before. The result is farmers that are forced to be more efficient, and have embraced technology to this point in order to increase their yields. Although I have never given much thought to farmers embracing Big Data, I see it as a natural progression in their journey to be more efficient, and to provide the growing demand of food on the planet using less resources and more technology. Awesome topic!!
What an interesting subject here. From a big picture standpoint I think people often discuss the negative aspects that global warming will have on the oceans and water level across the planet, but rarely does the average citizen think about the military implications and extra steps and political actions that will have to be taken to mitigate the changes to the naval world.
In response to some of the earlier comments, I have worked in the defense industry for several years, and I know that at the end of the day the US Government (the customer in this case) almost always drives the requirements and specifications of defense contracts. I would love to see the US Government and those defense contractors work together to strive towards more environmentally friendly naval equipment. At the end of the day, the most efficient way to change the behavior of the business is to change the behavior of the customer, and I think the US Government is smart enough to know that it needs to be an educated customer in order work with those businesses to create a more efficient Navy. I look forward to observing this trend in the future.
Fascinating topic on Miami Beach. I’m interested in how this study applies to so many other cities across the globe, as human civilizations have always been so dependent on settling near bodies of water, particularly oceans, bays, and rivers. I’m curious how many other cities are making similar efforts to address this problem, both in the short term and the long term, as it could quickly become a threatening reality for so many coastal cities, some with world wide impacts such as New York City or Boston. I wonder if any of these cities have shared their research or decided to work together to address an issue that was will face such a large portion of the globe so soon!!
Fascinating that the climate change is making some environments in Australia less suitable to growing the grapes necessary to produce wine. I am curious to know if the opposite is also happening? Clearly global warming is making previously used vineyards too warm, but is this shift also adapting environments that used to be too cold for vineyards to now becoming more suitable for grape production? Is this climate change actually decreasing the total suitable land for vineyards throughout the world, or it just shifting the land to new regions that used to be too cold? Is it a total decrease, or just a shift to new regions? Fascinating thoughts!