Sunday, April 8, 2012

South Florida: Where's our tech sector?

South Florida used to be the mecha of the computer industry. The IBM complex is still standing along with their executive golf course in Boca Raton. The buildings are now leased to anyone that can afford the rent. Florida has become a retirement center for the U.S. and a melting pot for South American immigrants. Healthcare companies are on the rise here instead.

South Florida needs the same work culture as silicon valley. We need innovation, youth, and fresh ideas. Anyone want to make this happen?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Best Buy: Being more e-commerce

I just received an email from Best Buy's CEO Brian Dunn. Take a look at the what's changing with the Best Buy Premier Silver memberships.

I hope you're enjoying your spring, and I hope this note makes it just a little bit better – because starting in June, we're enhancing your Premier Silver membership with new benefits that we hope will make your technology buying experience that much better:
1.60-day price-match and 60-day hassle-free returns
We've doubled the length of your hassle-free returns and price match policies to 60 days to ensure your total satisfaction. We want to give you plenty of time to make the right decision on your purchases, and also make sure that you're getting your technology at the best prices. That's why we've extended your hassle-free returns and price match policies to 60 days to ensure your total satisfaction.
2.Free expedited shipping and free delivery
Now when you order from you'll get free expedited shipping and free delivery, so you will get your new technology in half the time as standard shipping. You can also get your purchases even sooner with same day in-store pick-up.
3.A free house call from Geek Squad
Take advantage of one complimentary annual visit from our tech experts. They'll be there to help you solve one of your common technology issues, from computer tune-ups, to TV calibrations, to remote control programming.
4.Premier access to must-have new products and sales events
As a Premier Silver member, you'll also receive premier access to some of the hottest new technologies and iconic sales events like Black Friday.
5.Free unlimited phone support
You'll now receive unlimited access to our new 24/7 helpline to remedy any account or technology issue. No matter the time of night, how big or small your problem, our 866-RZ-PREMR helpline has your back.
I believe this is a great start to being more e-commerce friendly. However, this excludes the majority of their customers that don't spend a lot of money at Best Buy every year. For those that don't know, you need to spend $2,500 annually at Best Buy to retain Premier Silver status as a Reward Zone customer.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Marlins New Stadium: Great for South Florida

I was lucky enough to attend opening night for the 2012 MLB season at Marlins Park, the new Miami Marlins stadium. This stadium is well done, modern, has a lot of amenities. Not sure if I'm a fan of the art deco highlights or the flare of the stadium, but it's great to have real baseball park in South Florida. After attending enough Miami Heat games in the area I was dreading the mess that occurs when Miami drivers all attend the same function, in cars. Compared to leaving a Heat game, which normally takes about 45 minutes to get onto I-95, I was able to get onto the highway in 20 minutes. 

Even though I wanted my team to win, by inning 7 I was silently rooting to see a no hitter against them; however, this was stopped by Jose Reyes.

At the end of the night, I realized I had a great time. I certainly will come back, but the drive and parking associated with going will make me think twice.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kevin Rose Engaged!

Kevin Rose, an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk, got engaged last night in Tokyo, Japan. Kevin broke the news himself through Twitter. Saying "Under this tree I asked @summertomato to marry me, she said yes!!!!!!!!!!"

Congratulations to Kevin & summertomato!