You can listen to a digital radio service on your home stereo, but depending on whether the stream is coming from the cable provider, a satellite signal or through a web connection, the payment to the artist is very different. The difference borders on the absurd.
When the parties have been seated, the food has been served, and the time-honored tradition of "dinner conversation" has commenced, the pinging of incoming texts and the private giggles and mad key tapping in response are not remotely what "dinner conversation" had in mind.
Every day people, like me, are banging their heads on their desks, asking "What is wrong with that woman?" "Why is she doing that?" "Doesn't she realize she's being used by a system that denigrates her?" Women in these positions clearly don't see it that way.
Of course, we all know that if there's one truism in entrepreneurship, it's that change is the only constant we can rely on. And sometimes we really do need to change course. So how do you know if you should pivot or reboot?
These days a lot of music flies under the radar. So, how do we excavate the treasure out of what we perceive as dross? It's overwhelming. The issue here is gatekeeping. It's the only way to deal with the sheer amount of information that's out there.
Looking back at 2011, I see a year where pragmatism replaced hype, where show beat tell, where consumers, the tech community and the marketing industry stepped away from preconceived notions and toward a new reality.