Changing World: Electronic Payments

May 26, 2019 The substitution of cash and checks by electronic forms of payment is not an emerging trend. In fact, it started in 1958. What is notable is the strong growth and business opportunities still created by this trend more than 50 years later. The figure below shows that as of 2017, 40% of […]

Changing World: Private Label

May 19, 2019 Warren Buffett is widely credited of being one of the best investors that has ever lived. It was therefore, shocking for many to see his investment in Kraft Heinz decline by about 2/3 from the low $90s per share to the low $30s per share. While many factors were at play in […]

Changing World: Drones

May 12, 2019 In December 2013, Jeff Bezos unveiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes Amazon’s research around using drones for deliveries. At the time, this was widely dismissed as a promotional stunt with no practical application. No one is laughing now. On April 2019, Google became the first drone operator to receive US government approval to […]

Changing World: Plant-Based Foods

May 5, 2019 For the past several years, I’ve adopted a meat-free diet. The main reason – health. Red meat now only makes a rare appearance in my diet during vacations and holidays. I’m far from the only one making such lifestyle changes. People have been incorporating more and more plant-based foods into their diets […]

Changing World: Smart Speakers

April 28, 2019 A few years ago, I bought a new product Amazon was launching called Echo. It was a tall cylinder that came with few instructions. After connecting it to the internet, my daughters and I started conversing with it and got our first experience of an always-on, internet connected smart speaker. We have […]

Changing World: HomeSharing

April 21, 2019 In 2017, my family and I drove up to Montreal in Canada to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix. We had a lot of fun, and my daughters loved the fact that we had “our own house” in Canada. We stayed at an AirBnB apartment and not only saved money but had […]

Changing World: Streaming TV

April 14, 2019 Growing up in Portugal, every weekday I waited until 5PM for the TV programming to start on one of only two available channels. I would get 30 minutes of cartoons. There were breaks for advertising and no VCRs. On weekends, I got 2 hours of cartoons+ starting at 10AM. It was not […]

Changing World: Cloud Computing

April 7, 2019 Cloud computing has grown at more than 20% for about a decade and presents an impressive illustration of growth at scale. Despite now being a massive $100+ billion market, it is still predicted to grow at double digit rates for many years in the future. It is a step change improvement in […]

Changing World: Social Influence

March 31, 2019 Social media and social media influencers are emerging as a very powerful and efficient channel to market and promote brands. This month we witnessed a watershed moment of this phenomenon: social media influencer Kylie Jenner became, at the age of 21, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire through launching her own brand of […]

Changing World: Litigation Finance

March 24, 2019 Litigation finance is emerging as an important tool for both plaintiffs and law firms to fund expensive, yet promising ongoing litigation cases. It bridges an important gap between rising costs (for example due to large electronic discovery costs) and plaintiffs’ demand for funding and risk sharing, pushing back against the traditional risk-free […]