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Eagle Ventures

“Launching our startup hasn’t required changing how the core of the university works, it isn’t competing with the core operation for resources, and most importantly it supports the core mission of the organization.  Do you see similar opportunities where God has you?” I drafted the below in September 2015 for…

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Christian Homeschool Network

“Looking backwards, what would I have done differently at this stage in the development of the business?  I think we should’ve done a much better job of customer discovery.  When we talked to people, or showed them the service, we subconsciously led the discussion to hear what we wanted to…

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What is Google Really Doing?

A month and a half ago, I wrote a series of posts around Google’s announcement that they would become an MVNO and offer wireless service. The final post in that series was titled “What Might Google Really Do?” and it included my predictions on Google’s potential plays, based on what…

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The Watch Analogy is Coming True

This story about the swiss watch industry getting on the smartwatch bandwagon caught my eye. Specifically, the story references forecasts from Strategy Analytics that “28.1 million smartwatches will be sold this year, almost matching the 28.6 million Swiss timepieces that were exported last year.” For a very long time and…

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What Might Google Really Do?

Google’s entry into any market is cause for existing players to pay attention and potentially be alarmed, so it’s no surprise that the news that Google will become an MVNO and provide wireless services has many forecasting doom and gloom for the existing mobile operators. Before we can jump to…

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What Did Google Really Do? – Historical Perspective

Just as Sundar Pichai did, I think it makes sense for us to look historically at Google’s forays into mobile and connectivity. I think there are three historical precedents to consider: Android, Nexus, and Google Fiber. Android Google followed Apple into the smartphone market. You can either say that, together,…

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Net Neutrality: The Anguish of Mediocrity

It is rare for me to be on the same side of an issue as AT&T and Verizon and on the opposite side of Sprint and T-Mobile, but I think the new Net Neutrality rules that the FCC adopted this week are a mistake that will hurt consumers and the…

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10 Strategic Issues Facing Mobile Operators

In a recent consulting engagement, I was asked about the strategic issues facing U.S. mobile operators. I think I answered reasonably well, but it made me realize that the topic deserved a more thoughtful updating based on recent activities. With that in mind, I’d like to provide a high level…