The Art of Storytelling With Purpose with John Fortson, Writer and Director of Rated (MDE230)

Minter Dialogue with John FortsonJohn Fortson is a filmmaker, living in LA, who produced, directed and starred in the much acclaimed short film, Rated. His film has been selected by over 30 film festivals and won 19 awards thus far (check out … Continue reading

Uber Disruption – How To Benchmark Your Brand – Corporates Still Lagging Way Behind

Uber is Disruption. It’s almost pure disruption, including in its ethical approach. But, one area of Uber disruption that might have gone below the radar is inside big business. One recent Uber driver gave me a smart insight into how Uber is … Continue reading

The Uber Paradox and Fixing Uber’s Critical Achilles Heel

Did you notice how Uber has been in the press a lot over the summer? It just seems to be a magnet for media attention. This is partly because of its tendentious ethics, partly because of the huge numbers bandied … Continue reading

BlaBlaCar – Why It’s the Poster Child of the Sharing Economy

BlaBlaCar , which is a service that connects drivers and people prepared to pay to share the ride, has just received a $200 million VC injection which puts them at a $1.6B valuation (via VentureBeat). As such, it has become the top … Continue reading

Uber beautiful – is Uber creating value? I tend to believe so

Last night, my Uber driver, Mohammed (from Somalia), was an absolute delight. As much as one can argue about some of the less salacious tactics of Uber, the underlying principle of Uber creates an environment for truly different experiences. I … Continue reading

Promises, Promises… A Connected Taxi? Building Trust Through Technology

The sector of transportation is just another in a long hit parade of sectors massively disrupted by technology. Looking at the taxi industry, in particular, the entrenched taxi base has been combating the Uber effect with various tactics and techniques and with … Continue reading

Uber – Brand strategy with a digitally connected customer

Bad news about Uber continues to dominate the airwaves and the digitally connected consumer — Uber’s target market — is not sitting dormant. There has been the alleged mistreatment of its drivers, women not feeling safe, the godview app to spy … Continue reading

Interview with Carolyn Pearson, CEO of Maiden Voyage, social network for ladies on the road (MDE105)

Minter Dialogue Episode #105 This interview is with Carolyn Pearson, an entrepreneur based in Leeds, UK, who started up a social network for women travellers, called Maiden Voyage. With 7,000 members, this is an interesting niche business, providing a valuable … Continue reading

Highlights from the HUB FORUM 2013 in Paris

At this year’s Hub Forum in Paris, Emmanuel Vivier and Vincent Ducrey put up another great two-day programme.  The theme this year of the Hub Forum 2013 was ROI = Return on Innovation.  For sure, there was a good crowd on … Continue reading