Doling out the brutal truth that RSS never caught on in the mainstream because it requires people to do something they’re not used to – thinking for themselves.
I rant about the death of Google Reader, the sky-is-falling reaction by the technorati after the announcement, how big media publishers don’t want the public to control their own news consumption, and why the the venture capital mindset kills sustainable niche businesses and revenue models.
In addition, I vehemently declare that Groupon was built and operates like a ponzi scheme, explain the psychology behind Amazon Prime’s overwhelming success and why price is the only effective differentiation between retail mediocrity.
Lastly, I poke fun at the vapid Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event, how it highlights that we’ve reached peak smartphone innovation, and why the Sim City release debacle shows that game developers don’t believe they’re in the service industry.
Links from this episode:
Google Reader lived on borrowed time
Tools, platforms, and Google Reader
Why the death of Google Reader doesn’t bother me that much
Greed is Groupon: Can anyone save the company from itself?
Why Amazon Prime Could Soon Cost You Next to Nothing
A Truly Depressing Visit to JCPenney
There Is No Such Thing As A Great Launch Event
Will SimCity Launch Disaster Stop Online-Only DRM?