Four SXSW Takeaways

Michael Tchong innovation, trends

SXSW was, as usual, a spectacle to be experienced. Here are some key takeaways: Multitasking events – SXSW may remind you of the COMDEX conferences of yore, but with a twist. While there were many corporate parties at that long-forgotten Las Vegas event, most did not feature “content” as the main draw. Lesson: business prospects like to be entertained and …

Yoga Culture

Michael Tchong innovation, trends

Propelled by life’s mounting stresses, a by-product of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, the practice of yoga has exploded in the past 40 years. Yoga is now practiced by more than 200 million, according to the Hindustan Times (26-Jan-13) people worldwide, including over 100 million in its country of origin, India. Yoga Journal’s “Yoga In America” …

Top 10 Innovators

Michael Tchong innovation

Like that year-end ritual where some organizations claim to be able to pick the hottest trends of the next year, some market watchers compile lists of the top (fill-in-the-blank) most innovative companies. As much as trends do not adhere to calendar years, innovators defy ranking. A few weeks ago, Fast Company did its best to try to shoehorn 50 companies …

Grayfields

Michael Tchong trends

The headlines are telling: “American Apparel files for second bankruptcy,” “The Limited Is Closing All 250 of Its Stores,” “Macy’s is closing 68 stores,” “Sears and Kmart Closing 150 Stores,”“Sports Authority Will Close All 463 Stores,” But the most dour observation belongs to The New York Times, “Department Stores, Once Anchors at Malls, Become Millstones.” A key parameter of retailing, …

Smart Home

Michael Tchong innovation, trends

Everybody wants to have a smart home. The interest in connecting devices in their homes will drive Americans to buy 36 million smart devices and 3 million hubs to manage them.

Screensucking

Michael Tchong trends

Christmas 2015 was a beautiful day in San Diego. Joshua Burwell, a 33-year-old visiting from Sheridan, Ind., decided to hike Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset. Witnesses noticed someone distracted by an “electronic device” seconds before Burwell plunged off the cliff. He was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived. It was another example of the intoxicating spell our digital devices cast …

Pioneer Rayz: When Opportunity Knocks

Michael Tchong innovation

Apple’s decision to remove the audio port from the iPhone 7 resulted in a public outcry of world-ending proportions. To some Apple aficionados it was armageddon meets invasion of the headphone port snatchers. But as any creative individual will tell you, problems spell opportunity. And so Pioneer this week launched its Rayz headset that adds a Lightning port to its …

Simplicity

Michael Tchong ideation, trends

Welcome to our simplified site. Every few years, we review how our digital outpost has evolved and ubercool version 14.0, the previous iteration, had clearly become too complex and unwieldy, making our innovation and trends content hard to navigate and updating a major challenge. So we scrapped it all and are beginning from scratch. You too should periodically review your …