Great questions! I view BaubleBar’s physical stores as an additional touch point to draw in new customers and to drive more people online to purchase. I think the company’s continued growth will definitely come from the online space and that the physical locations, though hopefully profitable on their own, will complement the faster-growing and higher-margin online sales.
Having grown up in LA, I’d never heard of or tried Chick-fil-A until I visited my sister at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia. Your description of how the company differentiates itself on service completely makes sense to me since the chicken sandwich I had on my first visit was wholly unremarkable.
Unfortunately, my view of the company is colored by the incident in 2012 in which the current CEO made some very public comments opposing same-sex marriage. The fact that sales soared after the controversy is not surprising to me but is still frightening nonetheless!
I love TED talks because they pack quite a punch: if you watch a great one, you get a bite-sized nugget of wisdom on a particular topic that’s easily shareable in under twenty minutes. Like any good short-form content, It’s very easy to start binge-watching and I’ve often found myself glued to my laptop going through top-rated TED talks for longer than I care to admit.
The concept of TEDx is interesting to me though. On one hand, I agree that it’s a great way to engage more people in the TED movement, but on the other hand, I do think it dilutes the TED brand to some extent when it’s perceived that anyone can basically give a TED talk. What are your thoughts on the trade-off between broad reach and quality control?
I am a huge fan of Airbnb and have stayed in properties I found on the site in Chicago, Washington DC, Madrid, Marrakech, Paris, and even Trogir, Croatia. What I’ve found lately is that there has been a shift from individual homeowners renting out their own rooms and properties to third-party companies like Pillow who make a business out of managing almost all aspects of the rentals for many different owners.
Do you think that this move to third-party company management of the rentals goes against what Airbnb was originally about? In my personal experience, rentals I’ve found that are managed by these third-party companies tend to be less personal since oftentimes the true owner or host is completely removed from the process.
Interesting post! I bought one of these during the crowdfunding campaign and was really disappointed by the huge delay. I honestly completely lost interest in it after that and haven’t even tried it even though I now have it in my possession.