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hypermark
Managing Director @ BrightStreet Ventures: Real Estate Tech, Retail & Big Data. Into Bikram, Trungpa, Lakers, Eating + Being Present.
Interests: advertising, tibetan buddhism, cooking, reading, blogging, investing, skiing, social media, bikram yoga, digital media, starting companies, social networking, entertainment, mobile, ebooks
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Everyone should 'Take Inventory" as a basic part of their life discipline. I have been formally Taking Inventory for 20+ years, and am a huge believer in its simplicity, specificity & iterative nature in helping me to codify my personal... Continue reading
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With Memorial Day upon us, and no clear end in sight to the global pandemic, America finds itself facing numerous existential decisions that will shape its future. Our future. As we straddle the razor’s edge between optimism, growth & transformation,... Continue reading
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There is a saying that you Manage What You MEASURE. But in the case of COVID-19, you CAN manage if/when you can measure (test) at scale. Case in point, think how quickly could we return to quasi-normalcy if we had... Continue reading
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While the "eye test" gives a clear view of how deep the impact of #covid19 is to our #economy, especially #retail, I thought this #dataset from OpenTable on the state of the restaurant industry was jaw-dropping. Filterable by City, State... Continue reading
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At my company, Datex Property Solutions, we were talking about “quality of life” issues in building & deploying our Real Estate Portfolio Management software platform, Datex BI Portal, without compromising on our religion around surrounding Clients with engagement & support.... Continue reading
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My mother once told me how the country basically shut down when JFK was assassinated. The loss was just too much for America to deal with. Such, for me and millions of others was the tragic loss of Kobe Bean... Continue reading
If you are in the Real Estate business, and trying to make sense of the applicability of Big Data, Machine Learning and Analytics to how you run your business, check out my podcast with MRI Software's Nick Frank. Continue reading
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Communication is all about achieving clarity and alignment. One of the biggest learnings I have had over the years is that most people treat communication like a scarce resource that is doled out sparingly. Part of this is conflict avoidance,... Continue reading
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I can not tell you how many technical support conversations I sat in on when I first got into tech twenty five years ago (we are talking Pre-Web). The company that I worked for, Tribe Computer Works, made packet switches... Continue reading
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“Night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That’s pride fucking with you. Fuck pride! Pride only hurts, it never helps.” — Marsellus Wallace It feels like we are at a Crossroads, where Money is the One True... Continue reading
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I read something the other day that I think captures the "razor's edge" that must be navigated in terms of finding the balance between Power and Simplicity when building new technology solutions for non-technical users: Option 1: Hide the Complexity.... Continue reading
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Successful Platform Strategy is akin to a never-ending Political Campaign, where the platform provider is fighting to win the hearts and minds of the platform consumer and the key platform adoption influencers, such as integration partners, sales channels, analysts and... Continue reading
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(This article was published as part of Shopping Center Business’ Retail Insight series.) The great paradox of the real estate business is that, on one hand, it’s the single largest asset class on the planet with a global estimate of... Continue reading
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Adam Clark Estes of Gizmodo has written a terrific article on what the Amazon Alexa represents as a backdoor into the personal privacy of consumers. The "money shot," which should give every Amazon Alexa owner pause is the notion that... Continue reading
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Being a long-time believer that Messaging is the next wave, and seeing the Tweet as an Atomic Unit, I picture Threading as a new type of Web Format. Ignited by tweet, it operates as a Stateful "Bot-Able" Machine, can instantiate... Continue reading
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Facebook and LinkedIn suffer the affliction that when a friend or co-worker has passed away, they continue to celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries for years to come. It has a deadening effect, and is anti-social. Continue reading
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Click-to-Pay is a game changer, as every Starbucks App user knows. But, so much of it comes down to logistics in terms of making the experience friction free and "delightful" for consumers. This is an area where the Apple end... Continue reading
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It feels inevitable that Apple will come out with a "Smart Glasses" offering which combines Hardware, Software, Services, Apps & Continuity across Apple Devices & Accessories. Given the anticipated evolution of this space from AR-centric apps, to hybrid VR overlays... Continue reading
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If you are a Retail Shopping Center Portfolio Owner or Manager, and still tracking the Sales Data of your merchants the old-fashioned way, then you need Datex Advanced Retail Sales Tracking. It's battle-tested, and turns your data into a competitive... Continue reading
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"I'd tell men and women...not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don't know what that means, seek it. If you're following your calling, the fatigue will be easier... Continue reading
Wow. This was a fun game. Coherency. Pace. Disrupting passing lanes. When this team leads with Defense...they definitely have some pieces. And those pieces are getting better. Case in point KCP, who has been in a slump, consistently made the... Continue reading
Great post by Fred Wilson today. "As has become my practice, I celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one here at AVC with back to back posts focusing on what happened and then thinking... Continue reading
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Securing a pre-order reservation for the new iPhone X should have been a "golden ticket" winning moment. I did my part, staying up late along with countless others rushing to purchase a $1K+ device sight unseen. But then Apple ran... Continue reading
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I am sure that this will seem obvious in retrospect, but EVERY marketplace should be able to cultivate a value add cryptocurrency strategy. Think, for example, of how many levels Amazon could one day build micro strategy "tiers" around. The... Continue reading
Animojis are the 1.0 version of Real Time Motion Capture. It’s easy to see how these grow into Persona Apps, and how this all scales to 3.0 experiences. After all, Apple knows Lens, Capture and Display as software, hardware and... Continue reading