Did Virgin Galactic’s business model (or lack thereof) contribute to failed test flight?

A horrible, yet somewhat unsurprising tragedy occurred last week when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight, killing one of two pilots. Coincidentally, another commercial space mission ended in a fireball when an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket experienced problems during launch just days before. Clearly, the commercial space industry is going to be spending heavily on PR this year… Continue reading “Did Virgin Galactic’s business model (or lack thereof) contribute to failed test flight?”

What the “Rebirth of the CMO” means for businesses and marketing professionals

The Chief Marketing Officer, or CMO, is a relatively new role at many companies, one that didn’t really take off until the rise of the internet. While not entirely different in function from the VP of Marketing role, the rise of the CMO coincides with the rise of the customer in shaping marketing goals and tactics for a company. Continue reading “What the “Rebirth of the CMO” means for businesses and marketing professionals”

Elon Musk opens up Tesla patents to the competition – is he crazy?

Elon Musk has accomplished many amazing feats. He leads the way in electric cars with Tesla, has made private space travel and transportation feasible (even beating NASA on quality), and he has produced the absolute best business model for residential solar energy generation with SolarCity. But his latest move has pundits really scratching their heads. … Continue reading Elon Musk opens up Tesla patents to the competition – is he crazy?

Update: Mergers and Acquisitions in the world of awesome specialty coffee

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Blue Bottle Coffee’s venture capital funding and plans for growth. As I mentioned, it will certainly be interesting to see how such a niche brick-and-mortar business leverages venture funding to achieve solid growth without compromising either the quality of the product or the service. Looks like we get … Continue reading Update: Mergers and Acquisitions in the world of awesome specialty coffee

Coffee is the next big thing for Venture Capital? Count me in!

That’s the kind of Return On Investment I’m talking about! Slate’s Will Oremus: The question investors are asking now is: Can coffee’s “third wave” produce a Starbucks of its own? A group of big-name Bay Area techies—including Kevin Systrom of Instagram, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, and venture capital firms like Google … Continue reading Coffee is the next big thing for Venture Capital? Count me in!