Each week we feature our “Friday Top Five” stories, which highlight five things we thought were interesting, notable, or culturally significant. This week we are showcasing stories on the impacts of COVID on higher education and Dropbox, Facebook Messenger, Chromebooks, and Noom.
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Friday Top Five:: June 19, 2020 with Reed Dailey on Dailey Blend
Story-1:: The first inning of distributed age
Overview: Drew Houston Talks about how DropBox is using COVID as a way to think and reprioritize their roadmap.
Houston says, is a flexible work environment future in which workers don’t have to serve as amateur archaeologists, sifting through chat and video transcripts, texts and email threads, to remember what just happened or what objective comes next. “This is going to be a permanent shift. Many of us are excited to go back to the office. Many of us are excited to maybe not have to. That’s going to be the dynamic that continues; that’s going to be a permanent shift. So we’ve gone through a one-way door,” says Houston. “And I can’t think of a bigger shift in terms of our working life, certainly not one that’s that sudden.”
Why It Matters: In the wake of COVID many companies have had to rethink how they operated and execute. Dropbox similar to Box.com have long been in the store game and has both fully integrated with MS 0365. However, based on MS pushing Teams and 0365 with 1T of storage, both Box and Dropbox need to consider a pivot. Areas that have white space for both services are to develop vertical solutions for heavily regulated industries. Become a connector/workflow tool in a sort of a cross between say a Pega and a cloud integration tool like Jitterbit. Or they move into the CMS space and focus on intranet portals for an organization.
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Story-2:: Covid’s Impact on Higher Educations
Overview: Prof. Scott Galloway talks to Anderson Cooper about How the pandemic could disrupt higher education and how essentially higher ed has raised rates without providing a meaningfully greater product in over 50 years.
Why It Matters: When I think about how college should be, I think of an immersive experience that requires heavy collaboration in a formal and informal manner. Technology is close, but it can’t replicate the spontaneous nature of a hallway chart or bar debate. So when I think about all these kids spending crazy money for zoom calls, I laugh then cry. Sure, some colleges are giving their students with free access to the online course for life, nothing will replicate that in-person experience. Now, let’s drill into this topic a bit further. Some of the best team members I have worked with are fresh out of school. They join the workforce with energy, fresh ideas, and with each passing year, think differently to me. Without a “real college experience,” many are going to be joining the workforce with textbook knowledge and will lack that think on your feet nature. From an opportunity standpoint, there is the massive disruption that will happen top-to-bottom in education, and I look forward to seeing some fo the tools, techniques, and technologies that are developed as there will undoubtedly be trickle-down effects to the business.
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Story-3:: Businesses on Facebook can now respond to customers in Messenger
Overview: Facebook is launching a new inbox on Messenger today to make it easier for business owners to respond to incoming customer messages from the same app they use to message friends and family.
Why It Matters: Facebook is a platform for social content, but how can it also become a compliment to a business’s Web/CRM/Help Desk? That is the bet FB is likely making as their move further down the path of connecting customers to the business in that spirit of commerce. The only concern will be who owns that data, when will FB star charging premiums to use the very service the businesses help make great, and if you as a business try to leave, are you dead in the water?
Link: Article Linked Here
Story-4:: Google is bringing Microsoft Office and other Windows apps to Chromebooks
Overview: Google is partnering with Parallels to bring native Microsoft Office applications and other legacy enterprise Windows applications to Chromebooks.
Why It Matters: I have long listened to friends and colleagues complain about updates, drivers, and just poor running machines. I am a MAC user, yup, they are better, and I don’t have these problems…. I have had the chance to use Chromebooks and think if you are a G-Suite user they are fantastic. Now as an O365 user, I am fully drinking a fair it of MS kool-aid and I am impressed with the cloud apps. If I was going out to buy a machine for myself or for business, I would be extremely interested to see if a less expensive Chromebook could meet my needs and reduce the number of pushes an IT team would have to make to keep the OS updated on a PC and reduce the overall TOC. Additionally, if Google is going down this route, MS and others are likely not far behind.
Story-5:: Peloton reports 66% increase in sales
Overview: At-home high tech fitness pioneer Peloton is experiencing a boom. Announcing a reported its third-quarter results, revealing that sales were up 66% during the quarter as more people invested in its high-tech home fitness bike, treadmill, or workout app.
Why It Matters: It should not come as a shock that people were flocking to get at home gym equipment, go check out Dicks Sporting good, and try to buy a kettlebell or TRX system, I dare you. As Peloton is essentially the Apple/Tesla of the home fitness world, it is no surprise that they have seen a massive uptick in sales. While the article I am linking from Business Insider focuses on some of the supply-chain challenges Peloton is faced with, I wanted to talk about adjacent businesses that are prime for disruption.
Food and the associated tracking of said food. Right now I am in day 10 of using the Noom app and I enter what I eat, the app pulls in my workouts from Peloton and my phone/watch. That information is fed to my coach and they give me pointers. What I really want is to spend a little more money and have someone look at my body type, lifestyle, and genetics and then pre-plan meals that arrive at my doorstep. If anyone knows of said services please point me in that direction. Not only will this save a massive amount of time, but I also connived I will save money, as a result of not getting take away when I am tired and worn out.