On Twitter’s mistakes and Instagram’s success

Why is Twitter not as successful as Instagram although the platform has basically the same features use hashtags, to post images and short videos like Instagram? A user on Quora asked me the very interesting question above. Here’s my two cents. You could argue that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social networks all have… Continue reading On Twitter’s mistakes and Instagram’s success

What incumbent companies can learn from a Japanese competitive eater

Take a loot at the picture below. Who would win in a hot dog eating competition? The answer is that both the 300+lb Steve Keiner and the 100lb Kazutoyo Arai have won the most famous hot dog competition in the world. And it wasn’t uncommon for lean, small Japanese contestants to win in the 80s… Continue reading What incumbent companies can learn from a Japanese competitive eater

How to do a (un)sponsorship

I recently wrote a post about how sports seems to be big business but when compared to other industries it can’t really compete in terms of revenue. However, it’s still one of our most important cultural phenomena and it obviously keeps growing as a business every year. Case in point, in 2012 there was only… Continue reading How to do a (un)sponsorship

Fertility data, religion and temperature: or how analysts spend their free time

Having worked as an analyst for many years I’ve developed a special relationship with data. First, I’m always cautious when someone mentions a “fact”, a “study” or a “data point”. Especially, if that someone is a politician or a news / media organization. Remember, that their job is to evoke emotions and tell a story… Continue reading Fertility data, religion and temperature: or how analysts spend their free time

Why we can’t have fact-based arguments in politics (unfortunately)

Currently, there is a heated debate on abortions. Whichever side you’re on you probably base your support of said side on some moral argument. What if you had some facts about abortions? Would you use them. Did I hear you saying yes? What if I told you that legalizing abortions leads to a reduction in… Continue reading Why we can’t have fact-based arguments in politics (unfortunately)

Sports is not big business

Looking at the multi-million dollar contracts that star athletes sign, we regularly fall into the fallacy of assuming that sports teams and leagues are quite lucrative organizations. Forbes just released a list of the most valuable sports teams and one might think that sports is big business considering that each of those 50 teams is… Continue reading Sports is not big business