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Planning For Holiday 2019 and For 2020

The Holiday “selling season” is rapidly approaching, as is the new year of 2020. While we all hope for clear skies when looking forward, there are currently some dark clouds on the horizon. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) just forecast a flat holiday season with sales down slightly. The predicted figure for just the holiday…

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Planning and Dealing With Tariffs

Greetings fellow business operators. Regardless of your political or other views, we wake today under with the burden of another new tariff regime, with many more scheduled and maybe or maybe not coming over the next few months. Again, without debating the merits of using tariffs as a weapon in a trade war, it is…

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Planning and Dealing With Change

I woke up today and the world was different. My industry had changed. The habits and likes of people had changed. Technology keeps moving along. This is because change is a constant. Yes, while each day’s change may seem small, just look at our world from only a few years ago to see the rapidly…

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9 Residential Game-Changers

A closer look at the trends and technologies transforming the smart home, and how integrators can take advantage. An article by Avi Rosenthal and other BlueSalve Partners. Read the article here >

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Jobs, Hiring and Retention in Today’s Tech Market

I recently returned from Washington D.C. where my colleagues and fellow member of CTA met with legislators and the White House staff to discuss many issues for the consumer technology industry and its small businesses and entrepreneurs. We discussed 5G technologies and the spectrum needed. A healthy discussion on tariffs and their effects (though this…

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7 Lessons I Learned From My Last Start-Up

Having been the founder, CEO, or COO of five start-ups, I thought I’d seen it all. But growth is ongoing, you can bring all of your lessons learned to each new venture and continue to make mistakes and learn new things. In my case, some were quite painful and others less so, but all valuable.…

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The Complexities of Technology Integrations

When it comes to voice assistants, there are some troubling issues beyond the simple fact that they were untruthful about listening. ICYMI, reportedly thousands of employees at Amazon are listening to customers, likely hearing quite intimate and perhaps illicit conversations; yet they claimed they weren’t listening. So what are the limits of their liability? And…

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Voice Assistants for Better or Worse?

We  are all busy giving all sorts of information to these platforms seemingly willingly in exchange for ease of purpose, or the answer to some question. That certainly is the position of these platforms, but as we see in the press (as I alluded to in my ISC West Re-Cap) and the minds of the…

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Survival of the Fittest: Eat or Be Eaten

by Robert Heiblim   Consumer technologies and related industries have had a heady run for the past thirty years. Today, the maturation of our industry is itself presenting new challenges that all segments of the industry have to deal with as a matter of survival.  Looking back in time, emerging technologies and inventive minds were…

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Five Critical Attributes of a Successful Partnership

…That very few people execute well There are lots of different types of #partnerships, #alliances, and cooperative relationships in the business world. And like with most relationships, some work better than others. From my many years of learning through successes and failures – which is where we tend to learn our most valuable lessons…the hard…

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