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Disruption in Retail Real Estate

Maybe a better title for this post is what happens to retail real estate in the future? There are two ways that retail is being disrupted as we speak: New entrants are bypassing retail channels via a having better online experience and by taking advantage of companies who provide delivery as a service (thats tech talk for Fedex & UPS) that are available.  The image below highlights web companies that are...

Startup journey*

I have the good fortune of meeting and spending time with early stage companies that are trying to solve big problems that can help to positively impact the world and working with a great team of partners. When in conversations, I find myself repeating the same advice, which I wanted to outline in the hope that it could be helpful for others. I am not claiming originality for any of it, as I have had and continue...

State of the Internet report 2012

Always interesting from Mary Meeker: 2012 KPCB Internet Trends Year-End Update from Kleiner Perkins Caufield &...

Mixing of Retail and eCommerce

We are starting to see new traditionally offline industries popup online.  Since eCommerce has been around for 15+ years, these are some of the latecomers. Some characteristics of the types of businesses that I am referring to (and describe below) are still primarily driving people into stores because: Goods are  difficult to return because of  size, customization or goods that carry strong...

Killing the Financial Middle Man

Thoughts on education coming soon, but on a Sunday afternoon, I am letting my mind wander in other areas. I continue to be impressed by platforms that are popping up focusing on cutting out the middle man in the finance space to bring the end recipients and financiers closer.  These platforms are not only allowing end users more access to capital, but in some cases can dramatically improve the quality of a users...

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