Robert Lasky

How Apple is About to Reboot the Music Industry

Posted by in Apple, Business, Entertainment, Music, Social Media

It was almost twenty years ago today… While that admittedly doesn’t have the punchy ring of the Beatles’ original, it sets the time nicely for two entities, Apple Computer (still to become Apple Inc.) and Jimmy Iovine, who was already building toward a post-Napster world for the music industry from artist discovery through distribution. But first, a little here and now. Apple’s 2014 acquisition of Beats, co-founded by Iovine and Dr. Dre, may have created the savior the music industry has been looking for since the late 1990s.  Earlier this…read more

Google’s Latest Ad Play: Becoming A Wireless Carrier

Posted by in Advertising, Amazon, Apple, Google, Mobile, Wireless

  Last week, Google finalized a deal to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), offering consumers branded mobile services through a partnership with Sprint. For the uninitiated, a MVNO is essentially any company that buys wholesale mobile services from a physical network operator (ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon in the US) and repackages them for retail sale to consumer or business customers. On the surface, this sounds like a pretty straightforward and safe model, especially for a trusted brand like Google, but succeeding as a MVNO is tricky business,…read more

The Impact of Content Ecosystems on User Experience

Posted by in Amazon, Apple, Entertainment, Google, Roku, TV Everywhere, User Experience

  It’s no secret that consumers want an alternative to cable. Even heavyweight HBO has responded to the call, announcing earlier this year that they will launch an a la carte digital service in 2015 (details pending). Sister channel Cinemax will likely leverage the platform, and competition will follow in short order. Although an everything on-demand world is amazing for the instant gratification the Internet has provided, it requires a significantly different way of thinking about programming. It’s a great benefit that we no longer have to know a program…read more

Remembering Steve Jobs: In the Words of Children

Posted by in Apple, Entertainment, Steve Jobs, Technology

We’re extremely sad to hear of Steve Jobs‘ passing. He’s directly and indirectly touched so many lives around the world (most definitively everyone in our house). We think the innocent wisdom of our children may have captured it most poignantly when they overheard us talking and watching the news: Julia (5): That’s terrible. I wish he didn’t die so he could keep making cool things. Rachel (8): Is there someone who will carry on? Tim and team, while the world will never be quite the same, we offer our deepest…read more

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