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Vlad Zachary
Where you go - there you are
Director Omni-channel commerce at Upshot Commerce. Founder of Pingwyn LLC, surfer, UX evangelist. Mobile apps maniac. Tribal chief and occasionally a silly Dad. ☮ ♥ Get Pingwyn for iOS now - it's free.
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With these famous words president Obama justified the NSA Spy-on-Americans program. Technically he is correct and while the government focus is mostly on the 100% security - we are more concerned with the 100% loss of privacy, which seems to be the direction we are headed ... via Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 12, 2015 at Pingwyn Blog
So I am in week 2 of the entrepreneurship program with BEC (Boston Entrepreneurship Center). It feels like I am doing the right thing for several reasons. First I am 'exposing' Pingwyn and talking about it to many new people, without trying to sell it. I've 'gotten out of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Pingwyn Blog
With these famous words president Obama justified the NSA Spy-on-Americans program. Technically he is correct and while the government focus is mostly on the 100% security - we are more concerned with the 100% loss of privacy, which seems to be the direction we are headed ... As a society... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Pingwyn Blog
A week after the introduction of Facebook Home we learned two things: Facebook is really serious about mobile (as they should be) and the growth in mobile is still driven to a large extent by entertainment. Don't get me wrong - we have seen serious growth in business applications and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Pingwyn Blog
The fact is - more than 200 million farmers in India receive government subsidies via mobile devices ... Talk about global opportunities ... Here is a formula for success: 1. Identify a bottleneck. 2. Solve with mobile. 3 (Optional) Get rich and famous. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Pingwyn Blog
Most people believe good judgment is a requirement for success, but the truth is - withholding your judgment can make you more successful. What do you do instead? Deploy the network around you. All these friends and acquaintances on LinkedIn, Facebook, Quora, etc. - ask their opinion, solicit their experience... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Pingwyn Blog
I have to share this in its entirety - from the blog of J Michael Dolan: "I was 29 when I started Music Connection magazine. 0-money, 0-experience. I couldn’t PROVE to anybody that MC was going to work. But I could KNOW it. I was holding it in my hands... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Pingwyn Blog
Sometimes it's best communicated in a short video: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Pingwyn Blog
This is the one they don't teach you how to win in Business School and no - it is not the battle with your inner demons. I mean the battle within one's own camp. The freshly minted MBA imagines that the CEO rules his army. Not at all. The army... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Pingwyn Blog
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Pingwyn Blog
No, we don't actually have privacy. We traded it long time ago for convenience. What we really dislike is being surprised by how much companies know about us. Perhaps soon we will get used to this too ... Here is more on the subject by Seth Godin: You probably have... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 17, 2012 at Pingwyn Blog
Facebook is undeniably a great success story and ... a very lucky idea. If we look at the urgency with which Mr Zuckerberg is trying to 'improve the user experience' and give us even more reasons to stay with his creation - then we can easily see that he is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
The purpose of an elevator pitch isn't to close the sale. The goal isn't even to give a short, accurate, Wikipedia-standard description of you or your project. And the idea of using vacuous, vague words to craft a bland mission statement is dumb. No, the purpose of an elevator pitch... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 19, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
What would happen if Google, or Facebook come calling? This is a question that comes up all the time, when we discuss the future of Pingwyn. My answer always is - we have our business goals and they have theirs. Nobody will try to copy us before we prove ourselves... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 25, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
In less than 5 days and with practically no advertising Pingwyn is already makeing waves. Less than a week and we have users in the following countries: US Canada UK Hungary Switzerland Romania Russia China Phillipines Malaysia Saudi Arabia Download Pingwyn here and let us know what you think: Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
I will always have one of your inventions with me ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
An interesting thing happened this morning on Amazon as I was checking the latest novel by Steven Pressfield – The Profession. A paragraph in the opening pages struck me as inspiring so I decided to type it up from the screen and share it with my Facebook friends. Now I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
The biggest potential for Location-based Advertising (LBA) is in its reach, relevance and ability to deliver immediate results. The users get relevant, timely and actionable ads. They can take advantage of these ads immediately - on the spot and at the time they get the ad. The advertisers get better... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog
Acquiring and processing user feedback is a choice. via Seth again makes a very important point and it is about making the choice to listen or not to listen to the customer complaints. It is mind-boggling how many companies have not made that choice and as a result they... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 20, 2011 at Pingwyn Blog