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Click & Drag AI: Salesforce Releasing New Commerce Tools, Promising 3X Faster Development

CRM vendor Salesforce is releasing new AI-powered shopping experience design tools today, along with updated email marketing tools and new messaging tools that will allow companies to communicate to customers on virtually any messaging channel customers prefer. The result? Three times faster development, according to Bobby Amezaga, Salesforce’s senior director of product marketing. Get the full

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Private Social: Discord’s 250M Users Are Already Where Facebook Wants To Go

Voice and text messaging service Discord has 250 million users who send 315 million messages a day. Is its private social model just the future that Facebook, with its recent push for groups, group sharing, and more limited sharing in messages is trying to build? Private social, which Facebook is pushing hard right now, is the living

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20 of the most important Mary Meeker slides for mobile marketers

A circle-the-date event in the technology world is analyst, venture capitalist, and technologist Mary Meeker’s annual state-of-tech Internet Trends Report. Some call it the most anticipated slide deck in Silicon Valley. Meeker’s latest uber-deck on the state of all things digital weighs in at a staggering 333 slides. You heard that right. 333 slides. (And you

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Insights from the Future #10: Ethiopia accuses Chinese AI manufacturer of orchestrating its AI war loss (and profiting from the result)

This is the tenth chapter of Insights from the Future, a book I’m writing about technology, innovation, and people … from the perspective of the future. It is a collaborative exercise, and you are invited to participate. October 11, 2037 The Ethiopian government has accused the Chinese manufacturer of its military AI of intentionally losing its recent

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Insights from the Future #9: 10,000 dead as AI war disrupts communications, traffic, hospitals, power systems in African AI war

This is the ninth chapter of Insights from the Future, a book I’m writing about technology, innovation, and people … from the perspective of the future. It is a collaborative exercise, and you are invited to participate. September 13, 2037 10,000 people are dead in eastern Africa as an AI war has spun out of control. The

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16 Apple WWDC updates that are awesome for mobile app developers

Apple’s World-Wide Developer Conference was bigger than usual this year, with huge hardware announcements such as the most expensive Mac in history — yes, more than the 20th Anniversary Mac (and if you remember that, you’re old) — and massive platform updates like Sign in with Apple. In addition, Apple updated and/or announced not three, not four, but a record

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

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I deliver compelling messages in memorable ways at live events.

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

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I help startups say meaningful things that get heard.

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

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