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Apple Patent Ruling May Have Unexpected Ripples

Apple Patent Ruling May Have Unexpected Ripples

I considered writing right after the California court’s recent pro-Apple (anti-Samsung) patent ruling, but thought some readers may take my words as investing advice. Investing decisions must be monitored short term, and I don’t claim to keep you up to date minute-to-minute on when it’s time to buy, vs time to bail. This blog is [...]

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Would U Like Fruit With That?

Would U Like Fruit With That?

Apple is firming up its relationship with twitter, even as we hear more about a tighter Google-facebook alliance. It’s an Apple strength to get way ahead of the curve; they’re betting that 140 characters is the attention span limit of future generations; I’m not sure that I blame them for that call. But…. there are [...]

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Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

That sound of flushing is the sound of RIM share values circling down. RIM is led by a CEO so strategically limited that he said ‘staying the course’ was viable when he promoted to the post. How much time (and shareholder value) was lost as Mr. Heins climbed the ‘Strategy 101′ learning curve? Who knows. [...]

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Social Media and PR – Distinct Yet Complementary

Social Media and PR – Distinct Yet Complementary

If you keep an eye on news stories of companies and industries in Public Relations messes, you may already have a terrific starter list of companies that could benefit from Social Media eg Tar Sands producers Frackers ie Shale Gas extractors Apple (given its market-limiting practises, a la old Microsoft) Cruise industry- after the sinking [...]

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Hooded Mystery: Too Many Preconceived Notions?

Hooded Mystery: Too Many Preconceived Notions?

To see how brand equity works, look in the ‘hood. Ever since medieval ‘hoodlums’ (protestors, bandits, etc) wore hoods to disguise their identities, the hood has been in fashion. For some, the word ‘hood’ still conveys mysterious or dark intentions. There are ‘Bad Boys’ from a hood, hoodlums, hoodwinking someone, etc. Not everyone carries identical [...]

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Visions Come to Life, Good & Bad

Visions Come to Life, Good & Bad

Received some fine feedback today from students, concerning Mission & Vision Statements. Now is a great time to discuss the hardcore relevance of a Vision – something that is so long term & ‘soft’ sounding. I owe RIM a thank you for falling into the abyss after I ripped that company for so long for [...]

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RIM Shakeup Is Welcome; ‘Stay the Course’ Comments NOT

RIM Shakeup Is Welcome; ‘Stay the Course’ Comments NOT

Rest assured that Thorsten Heins’ comments to stay the course to fix RIM- hire a new Head of Communications, execute a one-off Playbook relaunch- won’t fix RIM. This company went from darling to doldrums for good reason- it needs a strategic reboot- an issue as I’ve hammered home for over a year. Think like Sun [...]

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Might There Be a Worm in the Apple?

Might There Be a Worm in the Apple?

With all my enthusiasm for apple as a visionary, bold company, I almost missed a couple recent signs that the roll they’re on may hit a bump in the road in the next while. For one, they’re getting some nasty press now (see Business Insider post) on their hubris – a previous flaw in the [...]

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Situational CEO’s: Spot on, or Out Damn Spot?

Situational CEO’s: Spot on, or Out Damn Spot?

Microsoft has now ratcheted an even tighter relationship with Nokia; once again, RIM is on the outside looking in. RIM- still trying to on go it solo, unworried they haven’t the resources or focus to fight multiple simultaneous battles (tablets, op systems, geographic expansion, music & video library access, apps, trademarks, cloud memory access, etc). [...]

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Apple No Longer the Underdog

Apple No Longer the Underdog

I like an underdog. I pull for those not expected to win. Plenty of folks root for a cowboy battling a ranch baron; we identify with the cowboy, though the odds & resources are against them.  Cowboys are risk takers. Cowboys are confident but not arrogant. Apple used to be an underdog. They won me over psychologically, [...]

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