The fragility of commodity-type businesses
There are plenty of stories about SVB, the banking crisis, and what transpired the last 7 days. It’s safe to say that numerous decisions on the financial front caused SVB to come into a liquidity crisis. But that wasn’t their real downfall. Narrative control The success of commodity businesses is primarily dictated by the perception…Read More
3 Predictions for 2023
Three predictions for 2023 Three industry-moving predictions My top threads My top podcasts Want to see something cool and make ya laugh and cry at the same time? Workweek launched Unwrapped for your Google Calendar. It not only tells you how many hours you are in meetings, your work bestie (shout out Becca), and your…Read More
Buzzfeed’s downfall: is their business model to blame?
Buzzfeed is now worth $144M. Buzzfeed has Complex Networks, a Pulitizer-winning newsroom, and a household brand name. And they’re worth ⅓ of what Industry Dive sold for last summer. Morning Brew is probably worth at least $200M at this point. So what’s with the downfall? Please see the Perpetual issue from 12/7/2021 (yes, roughly a year ago…Read More
AI’s impact on the media industry: lowering the cost of production
AI this. AI that. It’s the future. It’s everything! Meh. AI is amazing and will change so much of the world. But too many folks are over-hyping the real aspect of AI: lowering the cost of production. If we look at the evolution of technology and how it impacts media, there is one consistent factor:…Read More
Bob Iger’s return to Disney: what will his next moves be?
Bob Iger recently made waves when he announced he would return to Disney as CEO. His welcome back was like Jordan coming out of retirement. He looked refreshed, the excitement only increased, and the confidence to win never faded. What was Iger’s flagship takeaway during his last reign at the House of Mouse? Own the best…Read More
Another damn data article…but without the bullshit
“Data Is the New Oil of the Digital Economy” – Wired, 2007 “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” – The Economist, 2017 “Data Is The New Oil — And That’s A Good Thing” – Forbes, 2019 Almost every year, there seems to be another article about how data is the…Read More