There was an article in The New York Times the other day, about how the iPad has proved to be a remarkably versatile device to have while we all shelter in place. Brian X. Chen writes, “With a bigger screen than an iPhone, the iPad excels at videoconferencing with apps like FaceTime and Zoom, and … Continue reading iPad: More than Just Watching Netflix
As someone who lives in Israel, but travels to/from the US quite a bit, I’m always surprised by how bifurcated the messaging experience is. In Israel — and much of the rest of the world ex-Asia — WhatsApp is dominant. Heck, billionaires and oligarchs even WhatsApp one another, apparently. In Israel, everything — I mean … Continue reading WhatsApp vs. iMessage
This post started as a Tweetstorm. Follow me! The Wall Street Journal has an article about how traditional carmakers like Ford are benefiting from the surge in e-commerce delivery.￼ This got me thinking: Booming growth in ecommerce has obviously reshaped traditional businesses like retail and delivery. And much has been made of the fact that … Continue reading Delivery Vans and Manufacturing Moats
There is an article in the Wall Street Journal today about how Amazon promotes its own private label products above comparable search results on its site. The article dives into various internal politics in Amazon, but I want to focus on the core contention, because there are certain assumptions the article makes – about e-commerce, … Continue reading Amazon and Private Label Goods
Shortly after I turned 13, I was faced with a choice many young people faced in the early 2000s — Windows or Mac? (The Get a Mac ads wouldn’t air for another two years). I had a bit of cash from my Bar Mitzvah, and a burgeoning interest in filmmaking. I remember going to Circuit … Continue reading Cinema Displays and Moviemaking
I’ve written about the fabulous journaling app Day One before, but exactly a month ago, I crossed the 1,500-entry threshold. I began journaling on-and-off on a trip to San Francisco in 2013, but began again in earnest about two years later. Since June 2015, I haven’t missed a day. I find that journaling is enjoyable … Continue reading Day One: 1,531 Entries
A few days ago, I ran the Jerusalem Marathon. As I lined up at the start line, I looked around and noticed the wide variety of runners around me; some were kitted out in compression socks and CamelBaks, and an interpid few wore nothing more than racing singlets and 2-inch split shorts in 52-degree weather. … Continue reading Assorted Thoughts on AirPods
Yesterday, I got an email from Amazon, letting me know that my Prime card* would now get me 5% back at Whole Foods. What strikes me as interesting about the marriage of Amazon and Whole Foods is how Amazon is using Whole Foods as a unique beachhead in its rapid assault on other retail incumbents. … Continue reading Organic Foods. Prime Benefits.
I started trading stocks on the internet when I was 14, in the early 2000s. My first purchase was a few shares of Microsoft, which I bought with some of my Bar Mitzvah money. I used an online broker, and paid a whopping $7.95 for the transaction. I vividly remember using a school computer to … Continue reading 💵 Young Money
I go through the punches, 4, 9, GROC, TOT — it’s more complicated than you think, and after you do it often enough, it begins to make a lttle song, that you hear words to, in my case “Hello (bing) there, you (gung) hap-py pee-pul (splat)”-the splat being the drawer flying out. — A&P, John … Continue reading Where Do We (Amazon) Go From Here?