Category Archives: Connected Society

eMarketer says the emerging markets lag in internet access, we say wait for the leapfrog

eMarketer says the emerging markets lag in internet access, we say wait for the leapfrog

This latest report from eMarketer serves to inform over the disparity between internet access in the developed and developing economies, but we see it more as confirming our Rise of the New Middle Class investing theme. Moreover, odds are these developing economies will leap frog the developed ones in terms of new, Disruptive Technology adoption. […]

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Connected surveillance cameras bring safety & security

Connected surveillance cameras bring safety & security

There are several aspects to our Safety & Security investing theme, one of which is being proactive vs. reactive, which we see as one of the differences between “security” and “defense.”  While the headlines over the last few years have focused on body-cameras, we are seeing the coming together of our Connected Society and Safety […]

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Mutual fund reporting to join the 21st Century… over the next two years

Mutual fund reporting to join the 21st Century… over the next two years

In today’s increaingly Connected Society and our Digital Lifestyle, in which credit card, brokerage and banks are practically forcing one to go paperless, only now are mutual fund companies able to do the same. Much like those that have already made the switch, it will save billions of dollars on paper and mailing costs – […]

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All those streaming services can add up to serious $$

All those streaming services can add up to serious $$

We continue to hear more and more about chord cutting as consumers increasingly to over the top and streaming vidoe services and they shift how, where and when they consume that content. Given the Content is King perspective that we have, it comes as little surprise to see that consumers are utilizing multiple platforms because […]

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Comcast and Fandango enable movie ticket buying… if you are watching a TV

Comcast and Fandango enable movie ticket buying… if you are watching a TV

One of the strategies behind getting consumers to adopt alternative payments is to reduce if not remove friction to the transaction as well as make it easy peasy for the consumer to use. In the case of Comcast teaming with Fandango to enable the buying of movie tickets through the television, it’s pretty cool but […]

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Apple making the iPhone even more connected

Apple making the iPhone even more connected

The iPhone is not only one of the most addictive devices around, something that is becoming even more so thanks to Fortnite, it is also one of the most connected. As tends to be the case, however, Apple will lag the overall market with features until a tipping point is at hand. It appears that […]

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Starbucks, not Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, is the most popular mobile payment system in the U.S.

Starbucks, not Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, is the most popular mobile payment system in the U.S.

  Just because you build it and offer it doesn’t mean consumers will use it. We’ve heard that before and it also applies to mobile payment platforms given that Samsung Pay is the most widely available among Apple Pay (AAPL) and Google Pay (GOOGL), but it’s the least used of the three. The most popular […]

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Target adds AR, but still focused on stores

Target adds AR, but still focused on stores

Target has been one of those retailers that in our view has been lost between the shift to digital commerce offerings from Amazon (AMZN) and club/warehouse ones from Costco Wholesale (COST) and others. What we find interesting is how Target continues to baby step its way into the Connected Society with GPS maps being deployed […]

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Chico’s – if you can’t beat Amazon, join ’em

Chico’s – if you can’t beat Amazon, join ’em

We continue to hear about the retail apocolypse that is destroying brick & mortar retail. Each monthly Retail Sales report shows continued share gains by non-store retail sales, government speak for digital commerce, one of the core drivers of our Digital Lifestyle investing theme. Following the path blazed by Nike (NKE), Carter’s (CRI), Calvin Klein […]

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