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Tommy Toy
San Francisco Bay Area
Strategic Marketing, Business Planning and Venture Capital
Interests: I have three principal core competencies: marketing strategy, strategic planning and venture capital. I bring added-value and brainpower to bear from a different perspective. Valuable ideas and advice in many areas. Strategy in every aspect of a business--operations, distribution, manufacturing, marketing, public relations, finance, and human resources. Developing business models and best practices. Doing away with establised conventions. Game-changing ideas, multi-dimensional methodologies and strategies for creating competitive advantage, uncontested market space and making the competition irrelevant. Offer clients a lot of hand-holding, brainstorming, preparation and packaging to insure firms are ready for investors. I enjoy challenging assignments. My background includes broad industry and business consulting experience. Industries includes manufacturing, retail/whole, professional services, communications, broadcasting, software, wireless, Internet, real estate development and investments, including the latest in Web 2.0 technologies.
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2016 was a banner year for acquisitions of companies involved in robotics and automation: 50 sold; 11 for amounts over $500 million; five were over a billion. 30 of the 50 companies disclosed transaction amounts which totaled up to a colossal $18.867 billion! Chinese money was involved in over 47%... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at PBT Consulting
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Snap, Inc. is reportedly preparing an IPO that will value the company formerly known as Snapchat at around $25 billion. The social darling is shooting for a March offering, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. A company representative declined to comment on the report, on Thursday. Standing in stark... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at PBT Consulting
WOW!!! Go Bob, GO!! Saying it like it is. Robert De Niro on Donald Trump: 'He's a punk, he's a dog, he's a pig ...' #TrumpTapes pic.twitter.com/CWjifrnMLR — E (@esheikh_) October 8, 2016 Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Happy Twitter-versary (for the nth time around this time), Jack Dorsey. Things haven’t been going well, it seems, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel — Twitter may be acquired by someone somewhere in the tech (or entertainment) industry, perhaps. To be perfectly fair, the company Dorsey... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Rothenberg Ventures management team with Mike Nothenberg (fifth from left) (Click Image To Enlarge) Rothenberg Ventures, the four-year-old, San Francisco-based seed-stage venture firm, may be on the brink of implosion, say several sources close to the firm. We reported yesterday that several high-level employees had parted ways with Rothenberg, including:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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It's 2:00 am in the dark morning hours of June 28th, Mark Zuckerberg woke up and got on a plane. He was traveling to an aviation testing facility in Yuma, AZ, where a small Facebook team had been working on a secret project. Their mission: to design, build, and launch... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Digitally savvy consumers know there’s an abundance of choices when it comes to purchases. With high expectations, most will seek out appealing items with little regard to brand loyalty. Churn and attrition are at an all-time high. The response for organizations sounds simple enough: Provide a consistently good, engaging customer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Founded in 1998, Lululemon is a yoga and sports apparel company from Canada. Although its first store was opened in 2000, the company sold $350 million worth of products in their 113 retail stores 8 years later. In 2012, Lululemon was reported to have the third most productive retail stores... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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The new model comes in both gloss and matte finishes (Click Image To Enlarge) Just over a week after its LM GTE Pro category win at Le Mans 2016, Ford is taking a trip back in time to an even bigger win. The all-new 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella (bald dude) together with CEO Jeff Weiner (bearded dude) and Chairman Reid Hoffman (the fat dude) has said LinkedIn will be allowed significant autonomy after the acquisition. (Click Image To Enlarge) Microsoft and LinkedIn are a natural fit, and the deal may fare better than... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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According to the 8th annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report from Social Media Examiner, summarized by Marketing Charts, 9 in 10 marketers say that social media is important to their business, with the most commonly cited benefits being increased exposure and traffic. Based on a survey of more than 5,000... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Twitter reported its Q1 earnings today, and they’re not great. On the back of 310 monthly active users, the company posted revenues of $595 million, with Q1 GAAP diluted earnings per share of ($0.12) and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.15. This is a big miss on revenues but a beat... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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App Annie just released its "2015 Gaming Report" and gaming on mobile devices widened its lead over other platforms in terms of spend, comprising 40% of all consumer spending on games for the year 2015. The reports key findings are summarized below. Key Themes & Takeaways: Gaming Trends Mobile gaming... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg having fun test driving the new Oculus Rift VR headset after its launch last month. (Click Image To Enlarge) VR hardware makers seem to know that, for now anyway, it's in their mutual interest not to tear each other down. Competition in the video... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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While LinkedIn leads as a business-to-business platform in terms of penetration and scale, B2B social media engagement is actually highest on hip photo-sharing platform Instagram, according to a new study by TrackMaven, based on an analysis of 316 B2B brands across the major social networks. Unsurprisingly, B2B brands have been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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More than a third of mobile phone users will be on Instagram in 2016 More than 90% of Instagram users are said to be under 35. Its user base, which is now more than 400 million worldwide, is larger than Twitter’s. EMarketer projects it will top 100 million people in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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Surprisingly, Millennials have a love/hate relationship with technology, according to a study from Zeno Group and research firm CEB Iconoculture. Teens and 20-somethings have a more balanced relationship versus the dependency that generations before them have, says Therese Caruso, managing director, global strategy + insights for Zeno Group. Therese Caruso... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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You probably either love Twitter for its quirkiness and brevity or see it as a pointless waste of time. After nearly a decade on the social scene, Twitter still needs to improve its user experience and fill in notable gaps in the service. These seven problems are long overdue for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at PBT Consulting
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A new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit has just been released that shows how big data is moving from its infancy to “data adolescence,” in which companies are increasingly meeting the challenges of a data-driven world. The report, called “Big Data Evolution,” details the ways in which companies’ attitudes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at PBT Consulting
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Paid advertisements are a great way to drive targeted traffic and relevant people to a website. However, if you’re new to the Paid-Per-Click PPC game or have not optimised your campaigns to their full potential you could be throwing money away! There’s a whole bunch of management tools out there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at PBT Consulting
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Being CEO at two publicly traded companies means 18-hour days, a meticulous schedule and impromptu business meetings Twitter Inc.’s executive chairman, Omid Kordestani, struggled to find time in Jack Dorsey’s jam-packed schedule for their weekly chat. So he offered to be the CEO’s driver for the day. On a recent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at PBT Consulting
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The following graphic is the first incarnation of a virtual reality industry ecosystem supergraphic. It represents more than 150 different companies which provide head mounted display and related hardware, production equipment and software, VR apps, research, and technical and other services, organized into 22 categories across 11 major sectors. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at PBT Consulting
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What are the key roles in data science? Here's a look at the various job positions in the data science industry and what they mean. A data scientist cleans, massages, and organizes Big Data, according to DataCamp in the following infographic. A database administrator, on the other hand, focuses on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at PBT Consulting
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There's currently no better way to get started with virtual reality. When Samsung and Oculus debuted their Gear VR headset almost a year ago, the companies made it clear the device wasn't yet ready for the masses. Billed as "Innovator Edition" models, the original Gear VRs were intended mainly for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at PBT Consulting
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Finally, a desk that acknowledges all we want to do at work is be horizontal. Maybe you slouch in your Aeron chair. Maybe you tried—and failed—to make using a standing desk a habit. Maybe, like me, your preferred working position is curled up on a sofa. Is it time for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at PBT Consulting