Category Archives: Disruptive Technologies

Amazon adds payments to Alexa skill sets

Over the last year, we’ve seen considerable progress in the use of voice interface technology, due in part to the success of Amazon’s (AMZN) Alexa, but also efforts by Alphabet and to a lesser extent Apple. Like most Disruptive Technologies, we are seeing the use cases continue to expand and ripple across our Cashless Consumption […]

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Is Our Connected Society a Little Too Connected?

Is Our Connected Society a Little Too Connected?

Mobile phones are making our Connected Society ever more connected as we become increasingly obsessed with that precious device. It is the first thing many of us look at in the morning and the last thing at night, but there is ample opportunity for a lot more folks around the world to join us addicts!

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Amazon moves one step closer to disrupting the grocery industry

Amazon moves one step closer to disrupting the grocery industry

After Amazon acquired Whole Foods, it seems that many forgot about its prior effort to disrupt the grocery industry with Amazon Go. Now the company has shared that it is close to bringing this worker-less concept that relies on its mobile app and a litany of sensors to allow shoppers to do their thing all […]

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Amazon is the latest retailer to ad AR shopping to its iOS app

On our recent podcast deep dive on our Connected Society investing theme, we talked about efforts to remove friction to digital shopping. We’ve seen great strides with 2-day delivery and painless return policies, but there are still a few pain points to be overcome. One of them has been the ability for consumers to see […]

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Today it’s the mobile web, tomorrow the voice-driven web

Today it’s the mobile web, tomorrow the voice-driven web

As we saw in 3Q 2017 earnings results from Asset-lite Business Model company Alphabet (GOOGL) and Connected Society company Facebook (FB), the current platform of chose among consumers is mobile. We are, however, seeing the seeds of the next technology revolution — voice-powered intelligent solutions — with more players entering the fray. The current leader […]

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Apple powers up its wireless charging plans by acquiring  PowerbyProxi 

Apple powers up its wireless charging plans by acquiring  PowerbyProxi 

  Apple (AAPL) has historically done a very great job of expanding its capabilities by cobbling together a series of nip and tuck acquisitions in order to bring its solution to market at the right time. At its most recent iPhone event, Apple teased it would be bringing wireless charging to the iPhone and Apple […]

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Walmart putting even more robots in more of its stores

Walmart putting even more robots in more of its stores

  Over the last three years Wal-mart has been exploring ways to compete more effectively with the rise of e-commerce, but also help improve its in-store experience for those shoppers that continue to… you know… actually go to a physical store. One of those strategies has been to test robots that would scan the shelves […]

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Pain Points in Investing – Social Security Number as a case study

Pain Points in Investing – Social Security Number as a case study

Tematica’s investing strategy focuses not only on those long-term forces that generate formidable tailwinds or headwinds but also on major pain points, as solutions can generate serious value to entrepreneurs and investors alike. The problem of Social Security numbers for definitive identification is one such pain point.

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Remote Monitoring Tech to Play Large Role in Caring for Aging Baby Boomers

Remote Monitoring Tech to Play Large Role in Caring for Aging Baby Boomers

  Jane Helgesen had a rough night recently, as nausea kept the 71-year-old retired nurse scurrying to the bathroom. A sensor under the bed recorded her comings and goings, sending alerts to her daughter, Britt, who lives nearby. Feeling better the next day, Helgesen used a doorbell camera to welcome guests, whose images are displayed […]

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Volvo’s switch toward electric vehicles to will start in China

Volvo’s switch toward electric vehicles to will start in China

We expected the playing field in electric vehicles to become more competitive as a growing number of manufacturers looked to challenge Tesla (TSLA). Given the Rising Middle-Class and level of pollution in China — according to the Chinese Ministry of Health, industrial pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death — we are not […]

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