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On November 20, 2016, JP commented on Saving Generation Jobless through digitization :

Very educational blog. Thank you for taking the time and effort to bring this sensitive topic to the forefront of our conversation.

One concern I have is that increased education might not fix the job gap. I’m concerned that we aren’t teaching the skills for actual jobs that exist. For example, welders and machinists are in high demand but we don’t teach those skills in highschool or college? Perhaps vocational schools could use this new tech to get front and center and raise awareness for important work that needs to get done.

On November 20, 2016, JP commented on Junk You Don’t Want Anymore…… Now Online! :


If ever there was a business that survived purely on network effects, Craigslist has to be it. I’m not sure why, after 20ish years, their user experience is still so bad, but it’s almost impossible to replace the company.

I wonder if they could offer a paid service to increase revenue. A service that gave users a better, more manageable CList experience.



On November 20, 2016, JP commented on Is Epic! Epic? :

With physicians today making so many mistakes (perhaps more so than ever before) we really need to look to software and technology to see if there is any way to protect the patients who put their lives in the doctor’s care. Patient centric EHRs seem like exactly what the doctor ordered.

One thing I’ve heard about EHRs is they are very non-user-friendly from the doctors perspective and they aren’t flexible enough. Is Epic doing work to mitigate this? Is voice recognition enough to solve this? On the voice recognition side, are they teaming up with companies like Microsoft and Google to improve their voice recognition systems? So many questions to ask about such an important topic.

Like Harambe, Epic has it’s own legendary legacy to write. Hopefully it can crack the nut and make healthcare more efficient and safer for us all.

On November 20, 2016, JP commented on ADT’s Digital Transformation – 140 Years in the Making :

To quote Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Our homes are our castles and ADT is the moat that allows us to sleep at night.”

Your blog beautifully capture that the traditional “home” is expanding. We no longer need to only monitor the walls we sleep behind, we now need to monitor our cars too. What company is better suited to help us do this than ADT? It seems that ADT is picking up the gauntlet and trying to make our lives more secure – thank goodness for that.

While it makes total sense to me that ADT step into the car security market, I’m not as convinced that “home automation” is in their wheelhouse. The “smart home” industry seems to be massive and I’m not sure that ADT is equipped to handle this new and exciting technological frontier. If they can’t make it work with Nest and Ring, who can they make it work with?

This post really swept me off my feet! A vacuum cleaning robot? What will those creative scientists come up with next?!

What is iRobots competition? Are the traditional vacuum manufacturers starting to produce their own robotic vacuums? It seems to me that the Roomba is a niche product. I don’t think the little, friendly disks really compete with traditional upright vacuums in terms of power or reliability. I could be wrong, but that is certainly the perception I have.

In terms of IoT, I think the Roomba and the iRobot company are probably facing the same issues other companies in the field are facing. They simply don’t know what to do with an internet connected vacuum. They can do all sorts of things with an internet connected device (they could stream Netflix to it) but finding what customers would value or find useful is really, really difficult.

Regardless, a vacuum cleaning robot is the type of innovation that America needs, especially in this economy.

On November 6, 2016, JP commented on Future of Small Farms in Big Texas :


Thank god there are companies like Wickman Farms that understand the importance of creating a greener future. From my understanding livestock is one of the greatest contributors to green house gas emissions (EPA). Is there anything Wickman Farms has planned on doing to possibly make their livestock less poluting?

For example, could Wickman Farms possibly introduce other types of animals than red angus cattle that use less resources? Could they possibly off set their cattle’s CO2 emissions by growing corn or other types of produce?



On November 6, 2016, JP commented on The Death of the Gas Station? :


Really interesting post. I hadn’t realized that even in the electric-car-future, people will still have to eat! BFS is really on the ball keeping both cars and their customers fueled up.

In the future, do you think that electric cars will not be charged at gas stations (or the equivalent). With companies like Tesla building out their super charger network, is there an opportunity for BFS to franchise out the gas stations of tomorrow?

-Ole’ JP


Talk about a wake up call! If we want our coffee in the morning we had better start paying attention to climate change.

From reading your post it really seems that there are only two options if we want to continue enjoying a hot cup o’ Joe in the mornings
1) Create better coffee plants (GMO, pest resistant, etc.)
2) Grow coffee in new regions as allowed by climate change

Do you think option 2 is feasible at all? Do you think that there is previous land that wasn’t able to grow coffee that will be able to now that the earth is heating up? One problem with this is that Juan will still need to grow something to support himself. Perhaps there are other crops that he could grow in the warmer climate?

Thanks for this well thought out post. A future without coffee isn’t one I want to wake up to.


Hey Me,

Wow, talk about a flying success, the sky really is the limit for Logan Airport!

In your report, one interesting idea you have is to serve less meat to customers because livestock makes a lot of greenhouse gasses. This is certainly an interesting idea. Do you think this is feasible? Can you really curb customer demand? Would “reducing meat serving restaurants” significantly impact revenue? Would it hurt customer experience? One thing we can’t argue, it would certainly make for happy cows!


On November 6, 2016, JP commented on American Electric Power — The Coal Problem :

Nice post FH!

Sometimes when I drive through the Arizona dessert I drive past massive solar power plants. I see these installments and think to myself, “Wow, that is a lot of power and no CO2!” Do you think companies like AEP are buying that power? It certainly would make me feel better when I turn on the lights!

Another question, in your post you say AEP is the largest CO2 generator compared to its peers. Is that larger in CO2/MW or is it just an aggregate number?