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Is it the best of times? Or the worst of times? Are ad tech and performance marketing companies crushing it? Or are the on the edge of a precipice? There are people arguing all sides of the question and an ocean of data to support any viewpoint. Last week, I had the chance to lead a discussion on the state of performance marketing at the Luma Partners Digital Marketing Summit in Menlo Park. This conversation was doubly interesting (at...

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The relationship between media owners and their readers and viewers continues to get more complicated.  For many years advertising was the unavoidable tax that subsidized media.  Now, with the rise of ad blockers and increasingly stringent privacy laws, consumers are becoming much more astute about the value of their time.  Jun Group, where I am on the board of advisors, has developed compelling ad products that provide smart...

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In March 2016, I had the opportunity to be an expert witness in the Hulk Hogan versus Gawker trial. Gawker had published an excerpt from a tape showing Hogan engaged in sexual activity with the wife of a former friend with the colorful name of Bubba the Love Sponge (legal name not a nickname). The first round of that trial has gone to Hogan’s team with a $115 million verdict. More to come. In the mean time, here’s the link...

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Today, Silicon Valley is a global icon.  The center of wealth creation and an engine for growth and change. It’s easy to look at the mammoth spreading Valley with Teslas zooming by and assume that this was not only inevitable but that it had always been there. Within my lifetime the Santa Clara Valley has been transformed from being the prune capital of the world–producing more than 30% of the world’s crop of that...

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There’s a rule of thumb that three points make a trend. I realized this morning, as I was talking to a private equity investor, that I have seen three clear events that tell me that we close to a bubble bursting. Obviously there has been plenty of chatter for a while about there being a bubble. And yet valuations and market caps have continued to rise.  And the world may not end on Monday morning either. But I now think...

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One of the most precious resources in any business is time.  And yet, the same businesses that dispense nickels like they are manhole covers squander time like it’s water. The biggest waster of time in modern business is meetings that have no owner and no purpose. They are set up because people can’t kick the meeting habit. Or perhaps because misery truly does love company. As a result, hours are wasted every day in rooms...

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