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Budweiser Popularity Plummeting




An ad from Budweiser's glory days as truly the "King of Beers", at least in sales.

Budweiser, the self-proclaimed King of Beers, is giving away free samples Sept 29th to drive brand familiarity and brand awareness in a fruitless attempt at slowing their rapidly shrinking market share.* Budweiser’s market share fell 9% in 2009 and has already fallen 9% so far this year. This contrasts strongly with craft beer (aka micro-brew) sales which are up 9% by volume and 12% by retail dollars in 2010 after growing 7.2% in volume and 10.3% dollars in 2009.**

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Blu-ray Discs are Already Obsolete




Blu-ray is cool and all, but too bad it's going to be irrelevant.

Yes, I am stating unequivocally that Blu-ray disc technology is already obsolete. But not because there is a better pre-recorded viewing technology, but rather the Blu-ray disc obsolescence stems from a changed marketplace. Online Streaming coupled with changing media consumption patterns means that those Blu-ray Disc players and movies delivering the latest and greatest viewing experience are already becoming obsolete and will never achieve the success and ubiquity of VHS or DVD players.

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Are You Solving an Old Problem?




Search engines are still an onramp to the internet.

Businesses are often formed to provide a product or service – either proactively or in response to a specific problem. But businesses have to be careful that the problem that they are solving remains a current one, or that it solves the whole problem and not just part of the problem. Otherwise those businesses are vulnerable to competition from new market entrants and new technologies.  A classic example of this phenomenon is Carbon Paper.

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Light Beer Sales are Down – I’m Shocked!




Light beer – your days are numbered.

The big news out recently is that beer sales are down about 4% and sales of  so-called “premium” light beers are down as well, some by as much as 7%. To paraphrase the famous Captain Renault scene from Casablanca: Captain Renault: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that light beer sales are falling. Waiter: “Here’s your Sam Adams Captain.” 

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My First Month at Microsoft




I didn't have this verbatim conversation per se – but it aptly captures the work intensity here at Microsoft.

Somehow I made it through the gauntlet of interviews and Microsoft decided to hire me. Yea, I don’t believe it either. Even after a month, it still feels a little unreal each morning when I swipe my badge – I keep waiting for the light to turn red and for someone to come out and say this has all been a big mistake and that they’ll have to take my badge….But so far it hasn’t happened.

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