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Las Vegas, June 15, 2018 — Incubator Ubercool Innovation has launched an innovative web resource designed for “low-bandwidth,” i.e. extremely busy, executives and professionals who just need to get the job done. Toolhacker (https://toolhacker.com) features brief reviews, optimized for people with no time to read, with review links and prices added for additional perspective.
“One of the most critical aspects of future productivity growth are applications and technology gear designed with the user experience in mind,” says Ubercool Innovation Founder and Chief Trend Forecaster Michael Tchong. “Unfortunately, as we all already know, the world of usability is ruled by engineers who create products for people much like themselves,” notes Tchong. “We need more tools with multi-layered interfaces that shield the average user from inherent complexity but offer power users the features they need.”
Toolhacker features a simple interface that lets users quickly narrow down its more than 150 tools featured at launch, ranging in scope from backup to writing tools, by simply clicking on product category labels.
Toolhacker’s suite of highly recommended tools can be found at https://toolhacker.com/tools/.
About Ubercool Innovation
Ubercool Innovation LLC is a thought leader innovation incubator founded by author, entrepreneur, adjunct professor, motivational speaker and trend forecaster Michael Tchong. Ubercool Innovation is a “do tank” — it doesn’t merely talk innovation, it practices what it preaches. Michael addresses audiences globally with insights on emerging trends and innovations. He is a four-time entrepreneur and the founder of ICONOCAST, CyberAtlas, Atelier Systems and MacWEEK. For more information, call 800-WAY-COOL (international: 415-335-7615) or visit https://ubercool.com.
From one state to 29 and from one country to nine in just 20 yearsLas Vegas, May 22, 2018 — One of the fastest moving phenomena propelled by the Generation X-tasy Ubertrend, which is uniquely tracked by Ubercool Innovation® trend forecaster Michael Tchong, medical and recreational marijuana, will grow more than eightfold from $9.1 billion in 2017 to $75 billion by 2030, with two-thirds of revenues already generated by recreational sales and 33% derived from the medical marijuana sector. As more U.S. states and countries join this fast-moving wave, a broad range of industries will feel the impact, ranging from farm equipment to fertilizer to travel and hospitality, plus such supporting industries as media, conferences and education/training.
Bars, Clubs, Entertainment, Hospitality Affected by “Been There, Done That” TrendLas Vegas, May 8, 2018 — Across the globe there has been an extraordinary level of interest in innovation since the last decade. Yet despite a plethora of case studies, conferences, workshops, books and articles, commitment to innovation, in any shape or form, remains tepidly low. A Forrester Research study found that just 11% of marketers budget for innovation. That means that 89% are not entirely convinced of the value of creating a breakthrough communication strategy in a market inundated with marketing messages.
Bars, Clubs, Entertainment, Hospitality Affected by “Been There, Done That” TrendLas Vegas, May 7, 2018 — Generation X-tasy, an “Ubertrend” coined by Ubercool Innovation® trend forecaster Michael Tchong, points to a far more experiential future ahead, impacting businesses from alcoholic beverages to entertainment to hotels and restaurants and allied sectors. The Ubertrend is the driving force behind a loosening of mores, starting with Nevada’s 1931 legalization of gambling. A telltale sign of how far the Ubertrend has spread, Macau today generates three times more gambling revenues than Las Vegas, $28 billion to $6.4 billion.
“Control Enthusiast” Trend Shifts Pendulum Towards Lease Liberation
Las Vegas, April 18, 2018 — As society increasingly relies on freelancers and contractors in a gig economy, the balance of power shifts to companies operating co-working spaces, which have experienced explosive growth in the past decade.
“Co-working pioneer WeWork is already the second largest private office tenant behind banking giant JPMorgan Chase in New York City,” says Ubercool Innovation® Trend Forecaster Michael Tchong. “Their innovation strategy addresses the biggest pain point in commercial real estate, the lease,” adds Tchong. “As someone who lost more than $30,000 in a lease default during the dotcom bust, I totally understand why co-working spaces will totally disrupt commercial real estate.”
Another converging trend, the control enthusiast phenomenon, points to a future where providing customers with more control will be essential in any multi-party transaction. “The greater control offered by the smartphone, which has become life’s remote control, is conditioning society to expect far more mastery over any process” remarks Tchong. “And that enthusiasm for more control extends to the real estate market, where leases have served to constrain the mobility of companies and the workforce.”
About Ubercool Innovation
Ubercool Innovation LLC is a thought leading innovation incubator founded by author, entrepreneur, adjunct professor and motivational speaker Michael Tchong. Think of Ubercool Innovation as a “do tank” — it doesn’t merely talk innovation, it practices what it preaches. Michael addresses audiences globally with insights on emerging trends and innovations. He is a four-time entrepreneur and the founder of ICONOCAST, CyberAtlas, Atelier Systems and MacWEEK. For more information, call 800-WAY-COOL (international: 415-335-7615) or visit https://ubercool.com.
43% of Baby Boomers prefer living in smaller home, presaging major shiftLas Vegas, April 10, 2018 — For three decades now, real estate developers have been focused on building large homes with an average size of more than 2,000 square feet. Growing media coverage of “tiny houses,” however, has convinced many Americans that living in smaller homes is not only feasible but financially attractive as well. These changing values, combined with a confluent downsizing trend, particularly among baby boomers, will significantly expand the market for smaller homes in the near future.
While 75% of Americans Object to Steroid Use, Marion Jones Is Part of EvolutionSAN FRANCISCO 08-Oct-07 — Marion Jones is capturing headlines with an alleged admittance that she used steroids. A poll conducted this past Friday of Facebook members shows that most Americans object to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, with 75% agreeing that steroids use in sports should be banned. But Michael Tchong, trend analyst at Ubercool (http://www.ubercool.com), believes Jones is symbolic of a “Darwin on Steroids” trend, which itself is propelled by the “Time Compression” Ubertrend, both whirlwind phenomena that suggest that human evolution and life, respectively, are accelerating.