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Thanks for the post Ravneet. Zara and H&M are beacons of hope for a mostly distressed industry. Do you think Zara’s advantage could be sustained in the event of a full-on assault by the Amazons of the world?

Thank you for the post Hao. At a high level, how big is the market for this type of cannabis related products? Is there any other applications that this sort of technology could be used for to drive for higher rates of product utilization?

On April 28, 2017, Techie commented on Devon Energy: Big Data Meets Oil & Gas :

Great post Will. What do you think is the role for service providers here? Should E&P companies develop this capabilities in-house or should the Halliburton’s of the world strive to create more value-added products?

On April 28, 2017, Techie commented on Labster – teaching lab experiments in VR :

Loved your post Lidiya. You have not seized to amaze me with all the things you know about technology–it is truly inspiring. Aside from educational institutions, who do you think are the best target consumers for this product? Big pharma or chemical businesses come to mind?

On April 28, 2017, Techie commented on Microsoft HoloLens :

Thank you for sharing Andrew. I am a big believer in the potential of AR technologies and the power of well focused product launches. Nevertheless, I wanted to know what do you think about this push for sales to enterprise clients. Is it the niche that has most addressable needs or is it just Microsoft playing to its strengths?

On April 28, 2017, Techie commented on NextVR – Bringing Virtual Reality Events Into The Home! :

Cool Post Andrew! I wonder what do you think about other passing fads in the history of sports broadcasting. For example, 3D TVs had a short good run a couple of years ago, but their momentum faded as content providers lost interest in the technology. Do you think VR technology could share the same destiny of other unsuccessful hardware?

On March 22, 2017, Techie commented on Quora – Capturing the World’s Knowledge :

Thank you for the post pvuong. I have found myself finding fairly interesting information on Quora. Nevertheless, reddit also has amazing discussions where users talk about general curiosities. I wonder what makes Quora better than this other already popular alternatives. Do you have any thoughts?

On March 21, 2017, Techie commented on Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia :

You brought up Quora as a potential competitor for Wikipedia. Given the scale that Wikipedia has already achieved, do you really believe companies like Quora represent a credible challenge/threat to Wikipedia’s dominance? It feels like these other players cater to a more “shout-out” type of market for unanswered questions, but lack the depth and proper sourcing/referencing that Wikipedia has been able to put together.

On March 21, 2017, Techie commented on Equity investing for the masses: Is Indiegogo killing VCs? :

Excellent post Lidiya. I really enjoyed reading it and watching the video. Do you have any color on the tax considerations that people will have to take into account before they invest in this type of vehicles?

On February 26, 2017, Techie commented on Amazon Music – Is Value Capture Enough? :

Thank you Alexander. I am one of those Prime customers that did not know about this service until I read your post. What is Amazon’s motivation to enter this space other than expanding its product suite? Is this business particularly profitable?

On February 26, 2017, Techie commented on How much pie do you get on OpenTable? :

Thank you Hao. Do you think there is another space for OpenTable to monetize its platform? For example, one could see a world in which very popular restaurants could auction their available tables to the highest bidders and create a new revenue line for those time sensitive diners.

On February 26, 2017, Techie commented on Transferwise: Disruptive money transfer :

Thank you for sharing Tomo. I am a big fan of Transferwise and have been using it for years. One of the things I struggle with the app is the speed at which transactions take place. Settlement time has been reduced, but it still is slower than a bank wire. With the advent of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that promise lower transaction costs and shorter settlement periods, do you think there is a space for Transferwise to innovate in this nascent field?

Thank you AlmostFirst. I am also fascinated by the transportation revolution that Uber has brought to us. They have certainly secured a safe beachhead from where they could spearhead into new businesses. Is there a risk for Uber to become fairly asset heavy business down the line and resemble more an airline than technology company. Should they leverage their data and technological edge to navigate around the tempting alternative of owning large car fleets?

On February 6, 2017, Techie commented on STEM – making big business with big batteries :

Thanks LiDe. Fascinating read. How adaptable is STEM’s business model to changes in battery technology? Does Tesla run its own proprietary software on their batteries? My biggest concern will be an ecosystem in which battery producers start building barriers for external software players to run their systems with third party battery hardware and thus dry the business opportunities that STEM has promised to go after.

On February 6, 2017, Techie commented on BlaBlaCar – Disrupting road travel by Trusted carpooling :

Thanks for the post Mohit. I always wondered if it would be possible to execute this type of business model successfully and it seems like this company has done so. Aside from the more obvious safety concerns, is there any additional risk with regards to insurance policies. I am not sure if drivers will have to add more expensive coverages if they effectively commercialize their service. Any thoughts?