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October 16, 2017 8:25 AM

Porsche Tries To Beat Uber, Amazon Can Recognize Your Voice And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • We had an amazing walk this weekend to help out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. It's called Light The Night, and if you would still like to donate, please feel free to click here and save some lives.  
  • Uber got their stay of execution in Montreal. It's not just taxis. It's car sales too. This is one of the macro trends of our digital economy: no need to own stuff, when you can get it on demand. Well, Porsche is jumping into the on-demand subscription model business as well. For $2,000 a month subscribers to Porsche Passport can summon a 718 Boxster, Cayman S, Macan S or Cayenne on demand. For $3,000 a month, drivers get access to 22 different Porsche models. Registration, insurance and maintenance costs are covered, though subscribers still have to pay for fuel. They can swap for as many different models as desired during the month. Right now, the test program is open to 50 people in Atlanta... is this the future? No car ownership?
  • From the "Creepy Files": Amazon just released an update to their ever-growing Alexa/voice business (still not available in Canada!). Now, Alexa can recognize different voices and give personalized responses. So, at the office... or at home... Amazon now knows your voice.    
  • App of the week: Anchor.

By Mitch Joel

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October 15, 2017 8:12 AM

Entrepreneurial You With Dorie Clark - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #588 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

If you don't think business and opportunity has changed much since technology and connectivity mind-melded, you have not been paying attention. Being "in business" does not mean what it used to mean. Individuals (people like you and I) can (and are) building multiple streams of income doing the work that matters to them on their own time. The results - for many - have been staggering. No one knows this better than Dorie Clark, and this is the area of focus for her latest book, Entrepreneurial You - Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams And Thrive. Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and also the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an "expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives." A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank. She has been a dear friend for several years, and she's even won multiple Grammy awards (not a typo). Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #588.

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October 14, 2017 5:21 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #381

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS, chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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October 12, 201710:35 AM

Business Leaders Really Can Make A Difference

I need your help... and my timeline is tight. 

In just 3 days (this coming Saturday) I will participate in Light The Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. This has been a tradition since October 2011. I do this to honor my best friend's daughter, Leah. She battled leukemia at the age of five and (thankfully) lived to tell about it. I also do this to honor those who were not as fortunate. Sadly, I know too many people who are not with us - from young children of friends to friends' parents.

I am just a humble servent in this battle... please consider sponsoring me for this walk. It's easy... just click here.

Back in 2010, my best friend called to let me know that his five year old daughter, Leah, had cancer... leukemia. My world collapsed. A few weeks prior she was at my kid's birthday party, laughing, playing... perfect. Now... leukemia? It was - without a question - one of the hardest moments in my life... trying to understand, and take in what my best friend was telling me about his daughter. I went into a tailspin. Leah's courage throughout her nightmare is what pulled everyone through - family and friends. If there were ever a definition for the word "survivor" it is Leah. After a lengthy and hard battle, she is - thankfully - in remission. This year she started High School.

Why am I asking you to help me in support of this noble cause

I do my best to put out lots of content every week. This makes it over five thousand entries over the years. This isn't about me raising money. It's about our kids and the randomness and cruelty that is leukemia and because none of us are safe.

Please help.

I set a goal of $10,000 to raise from friends and family (and we're VERY close!). I do realize that times are tough, and many of us are watching our wallets just a little bit closer than we usually have, but please consider giving something. If over the years, any of my content has struck a chord with you, made you smile, made you see your business world in a different way, I hope that you will consider this ask as the "tip jar" for my thoughts.

Thank you, kindly...

In case you did not know, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is waging war on blood cancers, and making a huge difference. Survivals rates continue to increase. 


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October 10, 201711:51 AM

The Mind-Blowing Julie Slick On This Month's Groove - The No Treble Podcast

Julie Slick is this month's conversation on Groove - The No Treble Podcast.

You can listen the new episode right here: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #34 - Julie Slick.

Who is Julie Slick?

Many people know Julie Slick as a virtuoso bassist and composer. Some know her best for her work in the progressive rock outfit, Adrian Belew Power Trio (yes, he of King Crimson fame). Her story is much deeper and more astonishing than you might imagine. From her humble beginnings at the genesis of School of Rock to her own projects and music (EchoTest). Julie is someone who doesn't just push the instrument forward - in terms of playing style, sound, and technology - but she is also someone trying to break boundaries of what people think of when they hear the bass. Often the loops and effects take the instrument (and her songs) to a whole other stratosphere. This is what makes her a truly original player and someone who defines groove in her own unique way. Melody, innovation, technology, technique and her own borderless attitude, makes Julie one of the most fascinating musicians laying it down these days. Enjoy the conversation...

Listen in: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #34 - Julie Slick.

What is Groove - The No Treble Podcast?

This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.

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October 8, 2017 8:26 AM

Scott Galloway Rants On The Digital Age - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #587 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. He's one of the most respected thinkers in digital media. It's mostly due to his YouTube rants... and he... Read more

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October 7, 2017 5:19 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #380

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks,... Read more

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October 2, 2017 8:45 AM

Join Terry And Me Live In Montreal, Ikea Buys Task Rabbit And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening... Read more

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October 1, 2017 7:41 AM

Making Great Choices With Roger Martin - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #586 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. A legend in the world of business, leadership and management. A true legend. That is a fact when it... Read more

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September 30, 2017 5:19 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #379

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

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