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Digigram | September 2023

In this edition of Digigram:  #1: AI Boom in San Francisco: The Next Gold Rush? – The whole world seems to be bashing San Francisco for empty offices, high prices, and drug addicts downtown. Away from this noise, AI startuppers have quietly taken over the Hayes Valley neighborhood behind the Opera House and turned it into the world’s leading AI hub under the cryptic name of “Cerebral Valley”. From state-of-the-art hacker houses to a focus on inclusivity and transformative technology, this enclave has become the stage for the next wave of startups. Can Cerebral Valley revive San Francisco’s tech scene and establish it as the epicenter of the AI boom? The VCs think so and are all over this emerging community. #2: When Tech Titans Rebrand: Driven by Business or Ego?  – Bye-bye Twitter; meet “X.” Farewell Facebook, hello “Meta.” Adios, Google, call me “Alphabet.” When big tech companies suddenly change their names, is it a brand makeover for the better or just an ego show of their high-profile CEOs? While Elon Musk seems to …

When Tech Titans Rebrand: Driven by Business or by Ego?

In an era where the pace of change is breakneck, even giants in the tech industry are not immune to the impulse—or necessity—to rebrand. A logo tweak? Sure. A new color scheme? Why not. But completely changing a company’s name? That’s a seismic shift with far-reaching consequences. To dive into this high-stakes game, let’s examine a few notable examples: Twitter’s transition to “X” post-acquisition by Elon Musk, Facebook’s morphing into Meta under Mark Zuckerberg’s directive, and Google’s metamorphosis into Alphabet. The Pros: A Fresh Coat of Paint Twitter to X: Fueling Aspirations Badly When Twitter was acquired and rebranded as “X” by Elon Musk, it was more than just a name change—it signaled a broader ambition. The rebrand set the stage for the platform to stretch beyond its 280-character comfort zone, potentially tapping into other Musk ventures. This bold move captured investors’ imaginations (Twitter needs more revenue streams. Always did!) and users’ wrath. The intransparent, clumsy communications led to confusion, causing advertising clients to cancel their campaigns. My personal opinion: this blunder was so unnecessary …

State of the Metaverse… metawhat???

Remember when there was a lot of buzz about the metaverse? But ask a random person on the street today what it all means, and you’ll get dozens of different answers. There is definitely less buzz around the “metawhat???” Mark Zuckerberg promised us a network of virtual worlds that are interconnected and that would allow us to interact with each other and with digital objects in a seamless and immersive manner. This would leverage virtual reality, and augmented reality, and would revolutionize industries. Or would it? Companies like Meta (or the artist formerly known as Facebook) have seemingly gone all in on the metaverse, but it seems like their biggest use case thus far has been virtual reality conference rooms.  What happened to the promised revolution?Who asked for this? And how is the Metaverse coming along? So far, the payoff hasn’t been very solid. According to a recent report, most people don’t care about the metaverse – unless it’s in a gaming context. And some gaming applications are pretty cool, and are gaining popularity such …

Digigram Newsletter of December 2019!

The bi-monthly newsletter of December 2019. Covering TikTok, the next hot trend, Xaas – Everything as a Service – and the backend business opportunity. Top of the month: 26 Swiss managers & HWZ master students in Silicon Valley, and one of my teams reached 4th place in the startup competition at UC Berkeley.
Meet me here: At UC Berkeley’s “Deplastifying the Planet” course starting in Jan 2020
On my table: Thanks are on my table. Wish all happy holidays and happiness & success for 2020