Musings on the Messy Divorce of Facebook and WhatsApp

I still remember the overall tenor of astonishment when Facebook announced in 2014 that it was acquiring messenger app WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion, blowing away other notable acquisitions such as Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats. This was generally viewed as a coup for Facebook, with some going as far as to call … [Read more…]

Websites Definitely Not Dead As Wix Valued At $4 Billion

It’s time for one of my patented “Pat myself on the back for calling it” posts! Last time we were here I correctly predicted that Pokemon Go¬†wasn’t going to revolutionize small business marketing. This time I’ve got some hard data refuting the claim that websites are somehow dead, obsolete, or not a central part of … [Read more…]

A Postmortem of the Bodega Debacle

What do you get when you take a dash of the empty “disruption” philosophy that permeates Silicon Valley, add in the trend that absolutely everything that needs to be a “smart” device and mix in just a hint of racial insensitivity? You get Bodega, a startup that had a disastrous rollout late last year as … [Read more…]

The Curious Case Of Wix Using WordPress

I made a curious discovery courtesy of Nate Hoffelder, and it involves Wix. Wix is in the vanguard of the “do it yourself” web design builders that have sprung up in the past decade. I’ve never been a fan of this business model because it’s somewhat misleading; Wix, Squarespace and other services don’t offer websites … [Read more…]

My 2017: Year in Review

It’s been just over two years since I signed my first web hosting client in October of 2015 and a lot has happened since then. Saying that 2017 was a bizarre year is putting it as lightly as saying Zack Snyder may have botched¬†Batman v Superman somewhat. In the microcosm of my own economy it’s … [Read more…]

The Myth of the Small Business ‘Pivot to Video’

If you read almost any mid-to-large size publication, you’ve likely heard the term “Pivot to video” before. This has become the go-to mantra for publishers, and it’s easy to see why. As ad platforms become less lucrative, social media accounts tweak their algorithms to reduce brand reach and competition blossoms everywhere, it’s an easy way … [Read more…]