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Why Was Google Interested in 100 Year Old Technology?

As readers of my blog already know, I resigned from IBM in 2000 to start a business around a concept I called “Wireless Interactive Radio,” or WIR. You can read the full story of my¬†entrepreneurial¬†venture in another post, but the basic idea of WIR was this: I’m driving down the road, hear something of interest on the radio, touch a button on my dashboard, and voila! A web link to that item (song,...

Should professional tour guides be paid royalties for their recorded content and be protected by an organization like ASCAP?

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) or HearPlanet. These opinions are strictly my own and published here to stimulate open discussion. Yesterday I reviewed a new tour platform called HearPlanet. I will give a more detailed review later, but here is the idea: HearPlanet operates like a digital radio, playing whatever audio content is geotagged to a...

A scene from the not so distant future…A Groupon, Facebook, Pandora mash-up app

Kayla, a college student, no longer listens to traditional radio, preferring instead to use a smartphone to listen to her favorite Pandora stations. Because she does not pay for Pandora’s premium ad-free service, she knows they will play an occasional advertisement, which she mostly ignores because the ads are for products and services she cares nothing about. The ads are simply irrelevant to her, in fact,...

The Song Remains the Same, but My World Changed

The year was 1999. The song was “Sunburst” by guitarist Andrew York of the LA Guitar Quartet. I was driving, listening to my local NPR station. Before the song finished playing I was ready to buy it, but I knew neither the title nor the artist. It took many phone calls to the DJ and several weeks to find out. There has to be a better way, I thought, and there was. That is the moment my world changed. I...

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