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Making the Case for Ambient Services (Again)

Jason E. Klein

Making the Case for Ambient Services (Again)

The excitement around ambient services has faded as Highlight and others have failed to gain traction. But in many ways the ambient services that failed in 2011 and 2013 are poised for a comeback. Within the next few years, the technology will be in place to make these long sought-after scenarios a reality…

Investing in the Future of Shopping

Jason E. Klein

Investing in the Future of Shopping

A few months ago, I predicted in Street Fight that “2014 would be the year that hyperlocal goes indoors,” and “the battle will turn to reaching the shopper walking in the mall and right in front of the shelf.” Simon Venture Group is looking to invest $250,000 to $5 million per company in up to 50 companies over the next 5 years to do precisely that…

Is Newspapers’ Falling Knife Finally Starting to Rise?

Jason E. Klein

Is Newspapers’ Falling Knife Finally Starting to Rise?

Wall Street thinks the long-term decline of newspaper revenues may be near bottom as print losses are close to being outweighed by consumer and digital revenue increases. With Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos buying into the industry as a long-term play, the broader financial markets are following suit. The newspaper industry is getting some of its most positive signs in years…

Geo-Unicorns: Will Local Spawn More Billion-Dollar Startups?

Jason E. Klein

Geo-Unicorns: Will Local Spawn More Billion-Dollar Startups?

At the Street Fight Summit in New York a couple of months ago, I moderated a panel that looked at the “Billion-Dollar Opportunities in Hyperlocal.” Our thesis in putting the panel together was that the personalization made possible by location-based technologies was still in its early stages of evolution, and that the “geo-web” will be spawning many of the billion-dollar exits that later-stage VCs crave…

Geo-Intent: Going to Where the Puck Will Be

Jason E. Klein

Geo-Intent: Going to Where the Puck Will Be

So what can make a business geo-disruptive? Beyond location awareness, it is far more important to know where a person is headed and his needs and wants at the destination. Let’s call this “geo-intent.” For the geo and mobile world to move towards its promise, web designers should be focusing more on creating engaged, opt-in behavior, and gaining robust information on geointent. With better information on geo-intent, solutions can be well targeted, and privacy concerns are more likely to fade…

How the GeoWeb Will Change Consumer and Business Behavior

Jason E. Klein

How the GeoWeb Will Change Consumer and Business Behavior

Digital location-based technologies are now a transformative force for consumers and businesses, particularly when coupled with the rapid adoption of mobile and the growth of big data. I’m a big believer in the future for “GeoDisruption” — the potential for consumers and businesses to interact in fundamentally new ways to take advantage of increasingly precise location-based technologies…