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Top articles of the week | April 29

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

 

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All     The Atlantic

Fascinating read on the myths of ecommerce. The article explains how the very nature of pricing is changing due to ecommerce. Another interesting stat, once an industry sees 20-25% of its sales move online, that is a signal for bankruptcies to occur for retailers.

 

Oracle Plans Internal ‘Startup’ to Outpace Rivals’ Innovation    Bloomberg

Business Transformation vs. Creating a startup – that is a question that we ask our customers when they want to make a massive shift in their company. Oracle seems to be going the Startup route.

 

The New Moats: Why Systems of Intelligence are the Next Defensible Business Model                      Jerry Chen, GreyLock Ventures

This is a great read about competitive advantage for this century. The article covers how new barriers have emerged thanks to technology. “Companies that focus too much on technology without putting it in context of a customer problem will be caught between a rock and a hard place — or as I like to say, “between open source and a cloud place.”

 

Is it time to break up Google?          NY Times

It is no secret that companies like Google and Facebook have become natural monopolies. Even though, I don’t agree with many points of this article, I like the diverging view point and it is a view point that is gaining relevance in circles of power.

 

Episode 26: Jeffrey Dungen, CEO @ Reely Active PNR Podcast

On this week’s podcast, we spoke with Jeffrey Dungen, CEO @ Reely Active. If you’re interested in the Internet of Things space (IOT), listen to hear about what is really going on and where we are in the hype cycle

 

BONUS:

Drunk man knocks security robot   ABC News

If you want to have a quick laugh, watch this ABC News video about how a man knocked down a security robot in Silicon Valley. Will more human vs. robot encounters happen?