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Blockchain Is Over-Hyped … And A $4 Quadrillion Opportunity: Vonage Founder Jeff Pulver

Blockchain technology is over-hyped. And, it’s a $4 quadrillion opportunity. Vonage founder Jeff Pulver said both those things today on-stage at Destination Experience Visionaries Summit in Kingston, Jamaica. One of the creators of our voice-over-IP protocols, Pulver is not insane, and not unaware of the tension between those statements. So how does he reconcile them?

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Report: Amazon India Worth $16B With 30% Market Share, Will Hit $70B GMV In 2027

Amazon India is currently worth $16 billion and has the same 30% marketshare as local competitor Flipkart, according to a new report from Citi Research. That’s in a country which has a $2.6 trillion GDP growing at 6-7% annually. Flipkart, of course, just accepted a $16 billion investment from Walmart for a 77% share of

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Hustling And Grinding The Startup Life? The ‘Fun Formula’ Might Just Restore Some Sanity To Your World

To be successful in startup, tech, and modern business life, the prevailing wisdom is that you have to hustle, grind, and burn the candle at both ends in order to succeed. It’s what I did building a venture-backed startup in San Francisco for three years, only to almost burn out completely. For Joel Comm, the

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The age of the smart machine

We live in the age of the smart machine.   Not the 18th century machine that clanks and roars, but the intelligent one that lives in the cloud and extends out to our fingers, our eyes, our homes, our cities, and our places of work.   This is indeed the century of AI, Shel and

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Google Duplex Uses AI And Natural Language To Make Phone Calls For You, Saving You Hours

Booking a restaurant is a pain in the you-know-what. Almost as much as calling the phone company or a utility. But today Google unveiled startling new technology that will phone a restaurant for you, book a reservation using real human-sounding language and speech patterns, and report back its success. Soon, the same technology could accomplish

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Taps, Clicks, Bricks: Part 3 – The New Retail: Silicon Valley and Main Street Are Converging

Mobile traffic is up. M-commerce is growing fast. Desktop conversions to sales are still strong. And yet, the lion’s share of all commerce happens on the street. That means change is happening, sure. But more critically, convergence is happening. And that’s a much bigger story about retail than any individual data point on mobile, desktop,

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what I do ...

live social, webinars

I speak on research, mobile, AR/MR/VR, futuretech, IoT, blockchain.

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marketing & martech

I help CMOs with strategy, positioning, martech, and designing for growth.

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speaking

I deliver compelling messages in memorable ways at live events.

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research & writing

I help brands uncover insights in data … and share them in compelling stories.

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PR

I help startups say meaningful things that get heard.

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consulting

I help tech companies build data-driven research practices that drive effective content marketing.

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what people say about me ...

"John is an engaging and charismatic speaker who delivers content that even the most successful app entrepreneurs can use."

( Steve Young, CEO, AppMasters )

"John is the type of person who finds a way to turn a can't into a can. He has tremendous energy and passion in helping others solve problems."

( Brad Kuik, President, K2 Performance Management )

"It has always been a pleasure to work with John. I can not remember a meeting with him where his trademarked laugh was not to be heard."

( Arie Veenendaal, Owner, KiK Associates )

"He really understood our brand and strategy as our business partner ..."

( Jieun Kim, Manager - Product Development, Disney )

"John is smart, business savvy, tech savvy, and has an inherent sense of social media that just blows me away."

( Aaron Hilton, President, Steampunk Digital )

"Extremely innovative and well read on the latest and greatest internet and mobile technologies ..."

( Angela Robert, cofounder and CEO of Conquer Mobile )

"Equally adept on both the strategic and tactical levels, which is rare."

( Nicolas Gaudreau, CMO at Groupe Dynamite )

"John is the "ne plus ultra" - the real deal of old-school journalism combined with a keenly analytical mind as well an encyclopedic knowledge of industry information."

( Jonathan Hirshon, Principal, Horizon Communications )

"His depth of vision for the mobile tech landscape is, I think, quite unparalleled by anyone else I've worked with."

( Scott Valentine, marketer, communications strategist, writer )

"He consistently produced awesome content (reports, articles, live presentations, webinars) leading to millions in new revenue."

( Aaron Golden, founder and CEO, Troospot )

"A lucid thinker and inspiring presenter ..."

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