Roblox acquires PacketZoom to improve mobile game performance

Back in September, kids virtual world firm Roblox raised $150 million in funding. Now it’s going to spend a little of that. Roblox has acquired mobile performance improvement firm PacketZoom for an undisclosed price. The team from PacketZoom will join Roblox to help ensure a continued quality mobile gaming experience …

Episode 93 – How to Create an Irresistible Culture for Customers and Team Members with Anthony Mink of Live Bearded

Building an irresistible culture.  Creating raving fans. Treating your customers like friends of 10+ years.  These are some of the philosophies that’s taken Live Bearded from a single product lifestyle business to now a leader in the men’s personal care space.  The only thing more impressive than Anthony Mink’s beard …

French economic minister rebukes EU member nations for reluctance to tax tech giants

Speaking at a gathering of digital leaders in Paris this week, France’s economic minister called on fellow European Union nations to rally behind a proposal to levy a tax on tech giants. Bruno Le Maire, France’s Minister of the Economy and Finance, scolded other member European Union states for their indecision …

Episode 81 – 2019 State of the Merchant with Andrew Youderian of Ecommerce Fuel

My guest today is a man who needs no introduction. His podcast, Ecommerce Fuel, is one of the most downloaded Ecommerce podcasts on the planet. And Andrew runs one of the largest most successful private eCommerce forums – EcommerceFuel.com. Each year Andrew sends out a poll to hundreds of successful …

A Legal Look at Area of Protection for Hotel Owners

A Legal Look at Area of Protection for Hotel Owners Hotel owners generally have protection from their own hotel brand establishing another hotel nearby, but what about a different brand under the parent company? Marriott, for example, the world’s largest hotel company, has 30 brands. Accor has 33, while Hyatt has …

Amazon-backed wearables company Thalmic Labs kills its Myo armband, teases new product

Canadian wearables company Thalmic Labs has announced that its ceasing sales of its gesture- and motion-guided Myo armband, as it looks to put all its efforts into an as-yet-undisclosed new product. Founded in 2012, Ontario-based Thalmic Labs has raised north of $135 million in funding, the majority of which arrived via a series …

Building a WordPress Website with Gutenberg: Initial Observations

If you’ve been following all the fuss regarding Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor, you know that many users have formed a very strong opinion of it. But, all the drama aside, what’s it like to actually build a website with it? As WordPress 5.0 creeps ever closer, I decided it …

Episode 84 – Building Value and The Metric to Rule all Metrics with Bill D’Alessandro from Elements Brands

In just a few short years Bill D transitioned from investment banker to single brand eCommerce store owner, to now owning and leading a portfolio of 10 eComm brands through his company, Elements Brands. I wanted to pick Bill’s brain – one, because he’s just wicked smart, but, two, because …

3D Printing Pioneer Still Enthusiastic 30 Years Later

3D Printing Pioneer Still Enthusiastic 30 Years Later Hans Langer, 36 at the time with two young children and just over $50,000 to his name, founded EOS, which manufactured 3D printers at the dawn of their appearance in 1989. Although he saw the potential in the new cutting-edge technology, at the …