Category: Insights

Why IBM could go bankrupt and collapse like Kodak by 2030

IBM reported its 20th consecutive quarter of revenue declines. The company’s “big bets”—notably in cloud computing, where Amazon dominates—are still not growing fast enough to offset declining sales in its older businesses. Revenue fell 2.8% in the first quarter. The…
Quick Guide to Nanogrids and Minigrids

One of the ongoing issues with the transition to a new utility paradigm, for both consumers and providers, is the required change from a centralized to a distributed framework. Utilities are worried that consumers will abandon the power coming from…
What Carmakers Can Learn from the Mobile Industry

Carmakers are at a crossroads. They can either follow the footsteps of the mobile industry by allowing two platforms — Apple or Android — or they can turn to open-source platforms like Automotive Grade Linux. The idea that vehicles —…
Why Are There No ‘Unicorn’ Energy Tech Startups?

Opower, the shining light of energy usage management and behavior modification, is being bought by Oracle for (what would otherwise be) a whopping $532M. Under normal circumstances this would be a great thing for the energy technology industry. But it’s not.…
Why I Won’t Live In Google/Alphabet’s TechUtopia

The news is that Alphabet/Sidewalk Labs is looking to build a city from the ground up. My first reaction when I heard this was ‘Sign me up!’ And then I started to read more speculations and the proposition became less desirable…
Tech and The Defaults That Dictate Our Lives

In 1878, Christopher Sholes was granted the patent on the QWERTY keyboard layout. He’d been granted the patent on the typewriter in 1868, 10 years earlier. His original typewriter had problems with tangling mechanical keys and the QWERTY keyboard was…
The One Missing Ingredient In Connected Home Products

My 3.5yr old son, while having breakfast this morning, ordered Alexa to play a ‘Bob The Builder’ song. That’s his world now; voice activated need satisfaction… The voice controlled product that is Amazon’s Echo has, hands down, been the most…