Subscriptions suck – part two

As I blathered on in my last post, me and the vast majority of connected car owners reject subscriptions for OnStar, for BlueLink, for Honda Link, for CarNet, for Safety Connect, for Lexus Enform, for Teleaid, for ConnectedDrive, for CarWings, for UConnect, for all of them. There is simply no value for a vehicle owner […] more…

Subscriptions suck – part one

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about subscriptions lately and how much I just don’t like them, in my life or as the basis of a connected car business model. I figured out that our household currently has 13 subscriptions – for landline, newspaper (old school, huh?), 3 cell phones, Internet, Weight Watchers (ha! lot […] more…

Obama doesn’t just talk, he appoints Megan Smith. Way to fuckin’ go!

Goddess help me, I’ve been absent from my blog as Steve Millstein has monopolized my time.  I am not complaining, mind you.  I’ve not felt this engaged and alive in years…since I worked with Jim Pisz in the early days of telematics.  IOT reminds me soooo much of telematics and I’m really psyched and honored […] more…

Toyota Converts Texas…To Tolerance?

I must confess, I was completely shocked that my former company, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), is moving to Plano, Texas. My first thought went out to my friends. It must be pure anguish – choose your killer job or your killer location. And Southern California is bliss.  I know, I know, there are “taxes” to […] more…

In Clooney v. Musk, Clooney Wins

We took our 12-year-old son to see The Monuments Men the other day.  My son enjoyed it despite it being a fundamentally terrible movie.  The movie was so boring.  Nothing happened.  No one transformed.  There was no action to speak of and Cate Blanchett tried, I mean really tried.  It was a war movie with implied […] more…

Janet Yellen is NOT a Chair

She is a woman… THE woman of the Fed. Cue up the screeching harpy noises, cause I’m pissed and this entire blog should read as one long screech. Stop now if you are scared or get irritated by endless complaints. onetwothree A chair is something you sit on. Plain and simple. It is a piece […] more…

Agile for Autos

I was speaking the other day with software executive, who shall remain nameless (except to say that I really like the company he founded, it is staffed with really great people, and I generally like the products they produce) about product development. As is often the case in Silicon Valley, I find that software executives […] more…

Mary Barra May Make Me Buy a GM

It is really hard for me to express fully just how happy I was that a person I have never met and will likely never met got a promotion. But when NPR told me that Mary Barra was just promoted to CEO of General Motors, well, I’ve been smiling and raising toasts to her good […] more…

Toyota DARV

Two of my all time favorite former colleagues, Jim Pisz and Jason Schulz, have really knocked one of out of the park. They have created a concept Sienna called DARV, Driver Awareness Research Vehicle, that puts critical information a driver needs to know before getting into the vehicle on the outside window. When the driver […] more…

Hybrid Platform Solution

As part of my prep for speaking with The LA Times, I thought a bit about third party developers and hybrid solutions. Here is how I frame it; I think third parties entering the automotive sector can bring a lot of value in the form of fresh ideas – ideas for better presentation of rich […] more…
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