The Great Transition: The Startup Revolution

In one of my recent posts (here) I discussed how we have passed a tipping point, which in retrospect, will be looked at as a pivotal time in the history of humanity that was driven by the pace of technological innovation.

Last week I came by a series of blog posts by founders discussing this exact subject and I will dare say that the posts were the most thought-provoking reads I have had in many years. Here they are. Do yourself a favor and take the time to read them!

Part 1: The Great Transition: Industrial to Information Revolution.

The post describes the fact that we living through a rare transition period between the Industrial and the Information Eras of human history as well as the role of technology entrepreneurship in our global economy.

Part 2: The Decline of the Blue Chip

This post discusses why the “old wisdom” no longer seems to apply and blue chip companies are far from the reliable investments they used to be due to the rapid pace of change enabled by technology.

Part 3: The Rise of the Startup

This post discusses the Information Era businesses that are best adapted to this new Darwinian business environment: Startups.


State of the Social Casino Industry Q4 2014.

Last week, I gave my quarterly State of the Social Casino lecture at Casual Connect Amsterdam. Below are my slides laying out the most recent trends and realities in the Social Casino Industry.


Pic of the main hall at CC15


Yoni Ushin, VP Creative @ Playtika discussing Slotomania’s design principals

Slotomania has gone through many design iterations over the years. In a short lecture given by Yoni Ushin Playtika’s VP Creative, he discuses some of the design principals that have gone into the game. This should interest those of you who are in the social casino niche as Yoni and his team constantly set the standard for the market!

The Effects of the Growing Pace of Technological Innovation

Over the past year or so, I have been spending time reading up about the effects of the growing pace of innovation on the global economy. It seems that we have passed a tipping point which in retrospect will be looked at as a pivotal time in the history of humanity (sounds big!).

The interconnectedness of everything is disrupting much of life (and business) as we know it. This disruption manifests itself in many forms including in the rise of cyber warfare, in the amazing growth and disruptions caused by the sharing economy (Think Uber, AirB&B, Kick-starter), the hyper-global communication enabled by tools like Whats app, the global democratization of content and services via smartphones, in the shear fact that no industry is unaffected by technological innovation, and in the flood of data pouring out of every human action and every business process on earth.

I have decided that I will start posting some of the content I find on the pace of global innovation and its effect on business, life, and the gaming industry. It’s a slight deviation from my core content about the gaming industry but its undoubtedly relevant for my gaming industry followers.

This is a great (short) eye-opener to some of the global disruptions taking place:


This ia a longer (1 hour) discussion with Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg about Google and what we can expect from the world, technology, and Google in the next 10 years.