May 252013
 

Nice Self-Driving Car. But How Much Does It Cost? – Businessweek:

“According to a J.D. Power & Associates (MHFI) survey published in April, 39 percent of people would be interested in owning an autonomous car, but only 21 percent said they’d be interested if it cost them an extra $3,000.”

*The future of self-driving car is not ownership, but time sharing [opinion]. Think of a community with cars spread out and shared amongst members. Pay by the mile with time of day surcharges and discounts. Need to get to work at 8am? Well, if there is a lot of demand at that time, there will be higher prices to get people to switch their non time sensitive activities to a time with lower demand.

Imagine how this could be used as a car pooling device for people driving to the same location. People could be picked up and both parties get a better price for doing so.

Sharing points? Maybe. Perhaps a dashboard and tracker for people…

  • How many miles do I travel alone?
  • How many miles do I travel as part of a carpool?
  • Miles
  • Time
  • What times of day do I need transportation?
  • Could my costs be reduced by choosing different travel times?
  • May 252013
     

    The Post Office Returns to the Local Store – Businessweek:

    “Hoping to minimize the inconvenience to customers, the Postal Service is encouraging coffee shops and grocery and hardware stores to provide limited mail services. “

    *Sort of like a store within a store or like a mini mall. One stop shop. This might be like the opposite of Walmart. Go small and offer services the community values in a one stop shop location. 

    Feb 232013
     

    Sriracha Hot Sauce Catches Fire, Yet ‘There’s Only One Rooster’ – Businessweek: “I make sauce good enough for the rich man that the poor man can still afford.”

    (Via.)

    Had this for the first time a few weeks back (Believe it was on the day of the final NFL football game). Hot stuff.

    Mar 182012
     

    Anarchy in the App Store – Businessweek:

    “how often a downloaded app gets used, the leader board might more accurately reflect popularity, says Craig Palli, a Fiksu vice president.”

    (Via .)

    Interesting idea to create a more relevant ranking system. What are people downloading and how often are they using it? This could be a problem for apps that are not used frequently. I’m thinking of the app Pages, an app from Apple. I have it, but don’t use it often.

    Apr 122011
     

    Was just reading a post on Tech Crunch about the new Business Week iPad app. One of the complaints was that the content of the app is updated once per week, just like a real magazine.

    IDEA

    Post all the writings of their talent in the app as it is completed. Then, based on the user data and feedback from the users of the iPad app, adjust what stories are featured in the magazine. This could be done with the top five articles that readers have rated highest. This could be highlighted in a page that explains what the stories are and where readers can find them in the magazine. Magazine readers may find this curation by the crowd to be of considerable value.

    Notes

    The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have a similar feature in what published articles were most emailed, read or shared. Example links are below.

    WSJ

    NYT