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On November 22, 2015, HBSSectB commented on Noah Basketball — The Data Perfected Jump Shot :

Which teams have paid for Noah? College, NBA, high school? What types of improvements have case studies shown?

On November 22, 2015, HBSSectB commented on The Automatic and the Zubie and How They Can Capture More Value :

What is the app’s user interface like? It is easy to use for someone that is not that tech/car savvy? Does the app provide next steps, like what to do when it detects an oil problem?

On November 22, 2015, HBSSectB commented on Nordstrom Innovation Lab: Rethinking How You Shop :

How does the wifi technology work? Does a customer need to have the app installed and open for Nordstrom to be able to track their movements in the store?

On November 1, 2015, HBSSectB commented on Watsi: ‘Giving Back’ through crowd sourcing! :

This sounds like a great platform. This should definitely also operate in the U.S., there are also plenty of people here who cannot afford their medical care. Also, I wonder if people who donate are able to use it as a tax write off?

On November 1, 2015, HBSSectB commented on The Quirky-ness of Crowds :

Great post. Shows potential pros and cons of crowd sourcing. I am curious if it will be able to change its business model to incorporate the important step of validating the potential market size. If and when Quirky notifies users of changes to its method it should use its recent bankruptcy as backup. It is a valid reason for users why it changed its operating model

On November 1, 2015, HBSSectB commented on Lego Ideas: a leading crowdsourcing platform in the Toy Industry :

This is a great opportunity to bring in fresh new ideas for Lego. I wonder if they could attract more submissions if they provide prizes for a top group of candidates, such as, tours of their design labs or “a day at Lego corporate”. It does seem like a lot of upfront work for a very small probability of winning. Just adding a few more incentives may be the trick to attract additional submissions.

On October 5, 2015, Kathryn commented on Care.com – Family Care Marketplace :

Does it company also make money off targeted advertisements? I bet there are plenty of companies that would love to post targeted Mom related ads on this platform, helping to increase profits. I don’t believe the ads would prove to be a hinderance if they were correctly targeted to the end consumer.

Great post! I ride Uber and/ or Lyft every day to campus and cringe when I see surge pricing (practically every morning)! This is the best news, I am about to download the app myself and will try to get a ride in the morning. I’m a bit concerned about the quality of the trip (safety & timeliness), but that could quickly change after I take my first trip with them. I chose my trip by costs, I feel no loyalty towards Uber or Lyft.

On October 5, 2015, Kathryn commented on TripAdvisor: A Network for Vacation Bliss :

Another interesting fact about TripAdvisor is that users can integrate their account with Facebook, enabling users to see reviews that their friends have posted and places and attractions that their friends have stayed at and visited. This additional layer of customization adds another factor that will increase TripAdvisor’s network effect.

If Snapchat does not track users and does not have targeted ads, does that mean its makes less money off of each Ad compared to Facebook and Google? Also, from my experience, users have to selectively chose to watch advertisements, they don’t just turn on and users have to choose to shut them off. I’m curious how many users actually are enticed enough to choose to watch and advertisement, and which ones are chosen the most.

On September 13, 2015, Kathryn commented on Sephora – How to THRIVE as a retailer in the digital age :

I’m impressed by ColorIQ, the handheld tool that identifies an in-store shopper’s exact skintone, provides the shopper with a ColorIQ number, and subsequently finds a precise match with makeup from Sephora’s stock. Most of the time people have to try out multiple samples to find the right color, which can be a very frustrating experience. In addition, it also wastes product. This tool seems like a win-win, helpful for the consumer and company.

On September 13, 2015, Kathryn commented on And the next big thing in retail is… Wal-Mart? :

It was interesting to learn about Wal-Mart’s Savings Catcher, I’ll have to use it next time I’m make a big purchase at Wal-Mart! I’m curious how many customers actually download the app and use the app’s functionality. I’m also curious how much Wal-Mart may lose in sales through this app.