On Business …

It’s all about the crowd
January 15 2015

by tmartin on January 15, 2015

First published in The Cape Cod Times, January 13, 2015 If your New Year’s resolution involves starting your own company, launching a project, or saving the world, don’t bet on flying solo. You need people. You need funding. To do that, look no further than the nearest crowd … or crowdfunding site. Crowdfunding draws on […]

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Inner Selfie Obsessions
18 December 2014

by tmartin on January 15, 2015

First published in The Cape Cod Times, December 16, 2014 At the end of 2013 – just one short year ago — “selfie” emerged from the tangle of social media techie slang as Oxford Dictionaries’ spotlighted Word-of-the-Year. Selfie, selfie, selfie. We all know about these self-snapped moments! In the past year it seems everyone from […]

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IT SEEMED A BIT LIKE AN APRIL FOOLS joke two years ago — but on April 4 2012 Google wasn’t kidding. It really planned a wearable interface with the world. (http://www.capeeyes.com/2012/04/googleglass/) Back in that time of ancient history, the original the concept video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9c6W4CCU9M4_ ) quickly spawned multiple spoofs, but laugh as we might the […]

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HAPPY PRIVACY DAY! At least that’s what Google is shouting to the heavens and earth. Which is a little ironic when you stop to think just how much Google itself has done to erode our privacy. This is, after all, the one year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, when we collectively learned the extent of […]

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25 Wonderful Webby Years
14 March 2014

by tmartin on March 14, 2014

YOU BLINK FOR A SECOND and looks what happens – 25 years go by! That’s right, this month marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web and the 20th anniversary of the creation of the W3C, the standards organization that helped create this universal environment … the very environment that has become part of […]

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Nesting, In Home Smart Home
31 Jan 2014

by tmartin on January 31, 2014

MY SMOKE DETECTOR MAKES ME CRY. This detector isn’t a depot-cheapo. The electrician who installed it charged, well, a real bill for it. I like the idea of fire safety. If only! On a regular basis, this creature screams about frying bacon, seared pork chops, and stir fried vegetables with a shrill and ceaseless tone. […]

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Broadband … with Meaning
17 December 2013

by tmartin on December 17, 2013

JUST UNDER 30 YEAR AGO my grandmother asked for help. Handing me a bill from “the phone company,” she asked if I had any idea what it meant. There it sat in my hand, invoice spaghetti, the product of the 1984 AT&T break up that left normal people in unglamorous locations with the primary benefit […]

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SOMETIMES YOU REALLY WANT TO SCREAM when you run a small business. You know what you need, but the only way you can get it by being a bigger business. Then technology happens. Technology changes the way we relate to each other – and that means traditional dynamics get flipped on their heads. No, I’m […]

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AMERICANS, IN GENERAL, DON’T LIKE MATH. And they haven’t for … well … an awful long time. Some people think this puts the US at risk. If we, as a country, don’t start shoveling science and math into our students, pretty soon the center of the business universe may lie – cue ominous music! – […]

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Coins of the Realm
23 April 2013

by tmartin on April 23, 2013

YOU HAVE. I WANT. LET’S TRADE! An awful lot of human exchanges boil down to that most basic of communication. We want what someone else has. In first grade lunch rooms, the request might come with a grab and scream, but by the time we’re grown up most of use have settled on the use […]

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