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    Why Companies Should Care About Apple's WWDC 2019 Announcements

    June 12, 2019

    It’s easy to understand why all eyes were on this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, with Apple introducing feature after feature over the course of a two and a half hour event. It’s a chance for thousands of coders and creatives to gather together to learn what’s coming up next in tech.

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    The Future of Apple CarPlay

    December 16, 2018

    I love my Apple Carplay. It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you experienced it.

    Apple CarPlay solves one important thing: Digital car dashboards from car manufacturers are beyond horrible. From playing music, navigation, and bluetooth calling, every aspect of the experience leaves a lot to be desired. Use it once and you’ll most likely never use it again.

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  • How to Build Products Customers Love

    August 05, 2018

    There are endless ways to build products that customers love. It is easy to believe that extraordinary individuals design great products using keen insight into customers. However, this opinion is not supported by the success of companies like AirBnB, Ring, and Uber. The founders of these companies spent years refining products to meet the needs and desires of fickle customers. Many believe the myths and rely on "unicorns" to create successful products.

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    Grow Fast or Die Slow - The 4 Major Shifts in Product Development in 2018

    July 09, 2018

    I think what’s interesting about the old school, traditional waterfall approach of multi-year big bang product delivery cycles isn’t that it’s necessarily a wrong way to develop products.

    It’s just that startups, and now smarter enterprises, are deploying products faster and refining them years before some major companies even get their products to market.

    By that time, it’s too late.

    And now companies are left with two choices.

    Either you grow fast, or you die slow.

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  • How the Best Companies Design Experiences to Destroy Competition

    July 05, 2018

    What’s happened in the last few years is pretty clear: It’s no longer a competitive advantage to just build a better product.

    You have two options to compete in 2018:

    1. Build something truly remarkable that is also the first of its kind. *(e.g. Soylent didn’t build a better tasting shake. They built something that replaced your entire breakfast + coffee in a bottle.)*

    2. Design an experience that adds value to your core product.* (e.g. Amazon’s $1B acquisition of Ring which allows Amazon to deliver packages inside your home, or Google’s acquisition of Nest which allows them to sell usage data to electric companies.)*

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  • How Traditional Wealth Management Companies Can Build Predictable Growth Through Digital Strategy and Innovation

    June 01, 2018

    Many wealth management firms are finding it difficult to increase their client base and consistently drive revenue in light of newer digital entrants.

    The past several years have seen an influx of relationships per advisor, however those increases don’t translate to additional new clients coming on board.

    In fact, advisors, overall, have added fewer new clients in the last several years.

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  • Why Most Digital Strategies Fail - Five Mistakes and Recommendations on How to Fix Them

    May 19, 2018

    If you ask a Chief Digital Officer what their role responsibilities are, they will tell you it has almost nothing to do with digital, and they don’t think their title represents their role.

    The reality is that digital transformation is a catch-all term, and digital is a pathway to the real goal: transformation.

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    How Traditional Hardware Manufacturers Can Build New Revenue Streams With Connected Products

    February 25, 2018

    There are three ways traditional hardware manufacturers can make additional revenue by connecting their products.

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    Why You Should Embrace Product-Led Digital Transformation

    February 05, 2018

    Digital transformation is a catch-all phrase. It could mean a million different things. It could mean moving a company to the cloud. It could mean creating mobile products for your critical applications. It could also mean a marketing strategy.

    All I know is that digital transformation is the most difficult and urgent challenge for every leader in business today. I can show you a nice graphic about how CEOs and CIOs are worried about digital transformation, but it’s safe to say that you understand the challenge well.

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    Vokal Takeaways from KotlinConf 2017

    December 26, 2017

    There's a lot of excitement lately in the developer community over Kotlin, and for good reason. Many talented programmers strongly believe that it’s time to jump ship from the Java barge and hop aboard the first bus to Kotlintown.

    Excitement for Kotlin in our office has never been higher than in November when the Android engineering team packed our bags and headed out west to San Francisco to catch KotlinConf, the first conference dedicated to the language.

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