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The Renewal Curve

Patterns can be powerful. When you see a pattern that occurs again and again, you could look at that as a window into the design of nature itself. One of those patterns is something called the S-Curve, which looks like this: The idea is this: Something starts out, and if it's successful, it grows. This growth is rapid at first, and for a good, long while it gets bigger, or better or larger or makes more money or whatever. At some...

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Word Stock

Word Stock Market: Magic

The Word Stock Market is an occasional feature on SellingOut.com, where I will tell you whether to buy, sell or hold a certain word based on whether that word has a strong future or has seen better days. For example, if you’d bought the word “hybrid” 10 years ago (when it meant a cross between a horse and a donkey, not an eco-friendly car), you’d be rich today. On the other hand, if you’d bought “digital camera,” you’d be...

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Marketing

If You Name It, It Will Grow

I’ve been using the term “live entertainment” for more than a decade now, and in the last few years others seem to have caught up with me. I drifted into that term because to me, there’s a strong connecting thread between theater, live music, sports, walking tours, Cirque du Soleil-type experiences and whatever else might happen when people are gathered in a physical space primarily for the enjoyment of it. This article asks the question if “alternative theatre” needs a...

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News

Apple Announcement Today: Mobile Devices at a Crossroads

Apple is making a product launch announcement today, and, as always, there’s not much more than educated guesses about what they’re announcing. Still, unless Tim Cook jumps right out of character, what we’re probably looking at is: a new and improved iPad, a new and improved iPad mini, maybe a new operating system called Mavericks (for Macs of all kinds), and maybe some tweaks to the Macs themselves. Probably not a watch or a TV or a waffle iron. (Ooh, put...

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