S&P 500 Closes Above 2,000 For The First Time Ever

Today the S&P 500 closed above 2000 for the first time. Exactly two years ago this week I wrote a post about the general trend of the markets, and made some predictions about when the S&P might cross the 2,000 … Continue reading

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Big Data and the 2012 Presidential Election

Video from our talk on the main stage at the recent IAB Ad Ops Summit in NYC.  Special thanks to Elaine Harvey at Resonate Insights and the IAB.    

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Real-Time Bidding and the 85%*

*of people that don’t delete cookies. Online advertising real-time bidding (RTB) made the New York Times magazine section on Sunday, where it will be read by around 1.6 million people.  Expect lots of discussion around the horrors of online privacy invasion … Continue reading

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Is It Really Different This Time?

I’m taking notice as many experts (and not just Nouriel Roubini) are predicting impending doom and gloom in the equity markets because of the ongoing problems in the EU, the huge and still expanding US debt levels, the hangover from the Great … Continue reading

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5 Good Reasons Not To Buy Facebook Stock

1.  Lockup expiration Yesterday, 271 million Facebook shares were freed from lockup restrictions, with an additional 1.6 billion shares expected to be released from lockup restrictions over the next nine months.  For context, prior to yesterday’s expiration, only 500 million shares … Continue reading

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In Search of Excellence by Moonwalking with Einstein

I just finished reading Moonwalking With Einstein:  The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer.  It’s a very interesting read about the neuroscience of memory and the memory techniques that have been used throughout the ages to perform … Continue reading

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Two words of advice for the “Gang of 12″ – Predictive Analytics

It’s now up to the Gang of 12 super-committee created by the debt deal to come up with a plan to trim the deficit.  If history is any guide, we can expect a lot of rhetoric and emotionally charged debate … Continue reading

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Google Buying Motorola’s Handset Division for $12.5 Billion

Today Google takes a page from Apple’s playbook, announcing its intention to acquire Motorola’s handset division (MMI) for $12.5 billion.  The resulting merger should provide Google with plenty of opportunities to streamline the behavior of the hardware and OS for … Continue reading

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Why Is Apple Tracking Your Location?

It’s all part of their master plan. And it appears to be working.                     Apple just announced another blockbuster quarter. Almost $25B in revenue (up 83% Q/Q), 41% gross margins, earnings … Continue reading

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Better Real-time Behavioral Targeting for Online Advertising

The enabling technologies exist for online advertisers to employ proven, sophisticated, predictive behavioral targeting techniques in their advertising campaigns. Yet only a small minority of online advertising – primarily RTB platforms and the more sophisticated exchanges – are leveraging these … Continue reading

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