June 13th, 2013


When Foodler jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon a few months ago, it seemed like an interesting way to drum up new business. But it turns out that, for some, Bitcoin business can come with an unexpected pricetag: privacy.

Since April, the Boston-based online restaurant ordering service, has accepted payments in the world’s hottest digital currency, and sales have grown nicely. Foodler is now doing about $15,000 in Bitcoin food orders per month. This is convenient for customers, and with Bitcoin, the company doesn’t have to fork over the payment-processing fees that come with credit card sales. But there’s a downside: If Foodler isn’t careful, Bitcoin could give competitors a way to spy on its business.

[MORE: How Bitcoin Lets You Spy on Careless Companies]

Reblogged from WIRED
March 28th, 2013


We’re heading for a world with more smartphones than bank accounts – Quartz

Bank accounts are out, smartphones are in. In 2011, some 2.5 billion people in the world were “unbanked” (pdf), as the lingo goes, according to the World Bank. By 2016, more people will have bank accounts, but in regions like the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, even more will have smartphones, research and consulting firm Analysys Mason predicts in a report today.

Reblogged from A Smarter Planet
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***** We are at the tail end of an era that has focused almost entirely on the innovation of products and services, and we are at the beginning of a new era that focuses on the innovation of what I like to call “behavioral business models.” These models go beyond asking how we can make what we make better and cheaper, or asking how we can do what we do faster. They are about asking why we do what we do to begin with. And the question of why is almost always tied to the question of how markets behave.
September 4th, 2011


Join me for this event next week - should be fun (and it’s free :)


Join our next live, interactive virtual panel discussion on the IBM Global Business Services Video Channel on Livestream.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 1230pm EST

Topic: Mobile commerce is poised to take a great leap forward over the next ten years. How will it change the digital landscape in the process?


Alon Kronenberg, Practice Lead, Mobile Applications Practice, IBM Global Business Services (Host)

James Wester, Editor of Mobile Payments Today (@jameswester)

Molly Garris -  Director, Digital Strategy at Arc Worldwide (@girliefromthed)

Gerd Leonhard - CEO and Founder, The Futures Agency (@gleonhard)

Set a reminder to join IBM and our virtual panel of thought leaders to examine how mCommerce may reshape our lives over the next ten years.

See all our past vPanel webcasts (as a bit.ly bundle), and subscribe to the vPanel Series.

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August 7th, 2011

Futurist & Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard: Friction is Fiction (by gleonhard) - This video summarizes the key messages of Gerd Leonhard’s 2009 book “Friction is fiction” (free PDF: free PDF at http://gerd.fm/ibXx2G). The bottom line is that in a networked and digital society we can no longer merely rely on FRICTION i.e. planned hurdles and carefully placed obstactles to enforce payments or otherwise get paid for something. Most traditional friction points - whether in media / content, communications / marketing or business and commerce - can now be easily bypassed … read on.