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Shane Paul Neil
Shane Paul Neil is a freelance writer, sometime podcaster, and founder of The Hudson Consultancy


Entries by Shane Paul Neil

Analog Lover in a Digital Age: Why I'm Learning to Hate Dating Apps

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 11:35 AM

The last time I went on a date as a single man my companion and I exchanged pager numbers. Once smitten, I called her dorm room and recited a poem I wrote for her on her answering machine. This was only after purchasing a long distance calling card. Roughly eighteen...

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3 Companies That Show the Human Touch Still Matters in Tech

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 6:51 PM

If you've tried to hire an app developer lately, you've likely noticed a growing problem in the field. The demand for talented software developers far outweighs supply, leading to an upsurge in salaries and unique perks. However, even with all of the bells and whistles, businesses still struggle to...

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Three Trading Products You Didn't Know About

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 12:08 PM

A lot has been said about financial technologies and their growth over the last few years. Financial services are undergoing quite a transformation and a lot of it is happening in the payments, lending, and banking sectors. And while it...

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Soccer Is Here, for Real This Time

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 1:01 PM

Sports don't grow overnight. Until the 1980s, the NBA Finals were on tape delay. Twenty years ago, baseball not football, was America's No. 1 sport. The growth of both basketball and football has been due to star power, lucrative TV deals and most importantly a pipeline of youth leagues and...

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Why HealthTech Will Be the Most Profitable Industry in 2016

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 2:25 PM

It's no secret that the tech industry is home to some of the most cutting edge innovations and the greatest economic growth out there today. The numbers don't lie: in the past ten years, the astronomical growth rate of tech-related jobs has been 31 percent faster than...

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Ten Best Practices for Making a Grown Up out of your Fintech Start-Up

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 2:03 PM

Finance technology, from ecommerce security to mobile applications, has become extremelAs of February 2015, bank spending on new technologies in North America was projected to reach 17 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 and increase to 19.9 billion in 2017.y competitive over the last decade and...

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How Instagram Is Doing Everything It Can Not to Become Like Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 2:24 PM

As social media sites constantly evolve to cater to their audiences, we notice them adopting characteristics from other sites. Twitter's hashtags have made their way to Facebook, and almost every major social media site now encourages you to check into a local place or business. Even Snapchat's new on-demand geofilter is its own way...

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The Surprising Competitive Advantage of the B Corp

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 8:06 AM


There's an up and coming trend in the business world: Certified B Corporations (also called B Corps). B Corps are for-profit companies certified by B Lab -- a nonprofit organization that inspires and encourages businesses to do good -- that commit...

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The New Space Race Is Happening a Lot Closer to Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 2:29 AM

The cloud is a commonplace technological fixture in our lives today, so much so that it's almost become a colloquial joke for this nebulous magical service that allows you to store your files somewhere other than your own hard drive. Where are all my pictures and videos? Oh, they're up...

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The 5 Most Useful APIs in the Financial World

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 9:28 AM

There are hundreds of APIs that are used in the financial world today, with more to come every year. It's next to impossible to find the best ones - the best are those, which suit your needs best - but it's much easier to pick the useful pieces of code....

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How Incubator Thinking Can Help Your Established Business

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 4:22 PM

Growing a business can be challenging but over time, entrepreneurs stop focusing on growth. The end goal is to have a business that has a steady inflow of income, after all, and once a business achieves that, it may be tempting to work on maintenance rather than growth. But when...

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The Ten Unwritten Rules of the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 1:28 AM

The Internet streets are a modern-day wild west where there are more bad guys than peacekeepers. However, even the darkest corners of the interweb have some (formerly) unwritten rules that could be the difference between a relatively peaceful existence or a complete dragging through social media.

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Super Bowl 50: Solder the Silicon and They Will Come

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 11:14 PM

The last time California's Bay Area hosted the Super Bowl was 1985. Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins, 38-16.

Back then, Ronald Reagan conducted the coin toss via a grainy satellite feed.



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10 Sandwiches You Should Definitely Try Before You Die

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 9:37 AM

The best sandwiches don't necessarily have lines around the block. There are best-kept secrets from coast to coast. These are 10 sandwiches you probably never heard of, should make a trip for, snap an Instagram of and eat at least once in your life.

Just like our tastes vary,...

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10 Fast-Growing B2B Startups That Might Just Transform Your Business This Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 11:00 PM

As each new year begins, businesses search for ways to be more productive and successful than ever. Often this means rethinking processes and either adding resources or streamlining existing resources to save money. For many it can also mean finding new business partners to help them grow.

There are numerous...

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8 Millennial Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) to Watch in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 2:14 PM

A business's chief technology officer (CTO) helps it grow, recommending solutions and making sure infrastructure is secure and reliable. As the millennial generation has entered the workforce, technology departments have seen their workforces gradually get younger, since millennials have a high level of comfort with the software and...

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The Best NYE Advice from Social-Mobile Experts

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 5:03 PM

It's that time of year again. Reflections on the past are eclipsed by commitments to the future. And to galvanize it all, we go out and party like rockstars.

But how do you do it right? Cosmo says not to be the 5th wheel. The Huffington Post's...

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How Mapping the Customer Journey Can Help You Create Better User Experiences

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 10:58 PM

In 2012, Sephora decided to make major changes to improve customer experience both in its in-store and online platforms. The company looked at its current customer interactions and realized that shoppers took a multifaceted approach to purchasing the company's beauty products. The company needed to integrate the journey to enhance...

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Talking Cable TV Shakedown with FreeCast CEO William Mobley

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 2:15 PM

Full Disclosure: I have no financial interests with FreeCast.

The pay television industry is rapidly evolving. Recent studies have shown up to 50% of adults over 32 will not pay for TV in the future. Consumers are interested in getting content at lower prices and...

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Tis the Season for Multi-Channel Commerce

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Online Sales Will Dominate

Statistic Brain's compilation of data from the U.S. Commerce Department, Internet Retail, ComScore, Inc. and Forrester Research revealed that 87 percent of online users have made purchases online, which could explain projected figures that have U.S. online purchases moving from nearly $350 billion in...

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