Coinbase’s logo. Font in white on a royal navy blue background.
Coinbase’s logo. Font in white on a royal navy blue background.
Big day for crypto ahead!

Coinbase, a US-based cryptocurrency exchange with quarterly trade volume north of $300 billion and over 56 million active accounts, is set to go public via direct listing on April 14 under the aptly chosen ticker symbol, “COIN”. With MicroStrategy and Square swapping cash on their balance sheet for Bitcoin and more and more companies and banks accepting cryptocurrencies as forms of payment, the Coinbase “IPO” could not have come at a more opportune time for the industry as a whole. …


A gathering of Roblox characters in a downtown area, smiling together and waving at the camera.
A gathering of Roblox characters in a downtown area, smiling together and waving at the camera.
Welcome to the Roblox metaverse! (Source: Roblox S-1).

Roblox, the user-generated cross-platform gaming phenom, is scheduled to go public on Wednesday, March 10, via direct listing (ticker symbol, “RBLX”). The direct listing offering will allow existing shareholders to sell their shares directly to outside investors, without issuing new shares. Share price will be determined by supply and demand of orders entered with the NYSE on its first day of trading.

With a daily active user count above 32 million and climbing steadily, there is serious hype surrounding the company that is being touted as the YouTube of gaming. …


A meme of the Dogecoin dog superimposed on top of a baby floating in a pool. It is a spin off of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album cover.
A meme of the Dogecoin dog superimposed on top of a baby floating in a pool. It is a spin off of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album cover.
From meme to multi-billion dollar cryptocurrency, Dogecoin is emblematic of the modern age of investing.

Who would have thought that a comical dog-themed, meme-oriented, cryptocurrency would become the talk of the town? Welcome to 2021.

I certainly didn’t think Doge would materialize into anything. Boy, was I ever wrong!

I blew it big time. Bought Dogecoin at fractions of a penny, doubled my money, and sold out early, thinking I had beat the system. I then bought back in again and sold out when I doubled my money again, thinking that I had made a quick buck. …


Screenshot of a message from Facebook advising that the user cannot posts because a post was made against Community Standards.
Screenshot of a message from Facebook advising that the user cannot posts because a post was made against Community Standards.
Some observers argue Facebook’s content moderation policies are opaque and grant the company too much discretion in moderating internet speech. Others see it as a necessary tool to be used, when necessary, to prevent violence or the spread of misinformation.

Whether it’s copying competitor features, getting around privacy laws, failing to curtail the spread of hateful content, or taking a laissez-faire approach to regulating disinformation on its platform, Facebook has a way of staying nearest to the center of controversy. It seems almost natural, therefore, that Facebook has an affinity for the king of controversy himself — former President Donald Trump.

The two have had a rocky relationship ever since Facebook’s Oversight Board banned Trump’s accounts from both Facebook and Instagram indefinitely following the Capitol Hill raids on January 6 by armed white supremacist groups.

Facebook has been criticized in…


An image of the Netflix logo on a television screen in a dark room. The television is on top of a cabinet with a console gaming controller sitting in front of it. The red from the logo font resonates outward from the television giving a sort of ominous glow.
An image of the Netflix logo on a television screen in a dark room. The television is on top of a cabinet with a console gaming controller sitting in front of it. The red from the logo font resonates outward from the television giving a sort of ominous glow.
After reporting lower than expected net new paid subscriber numbers, Netflix has to re-calibrate its strategy for growth.

The stock market did not hide its disappointment after Netflix released its most recent Q1 earnings.

Netflix has been one of the most exciting companies to watch over the last +20 years. What began as a US-centered DVD rental company in 1997 has evolved into a multi-national entertainment conglomerate with hundreds of millions of subscribers, Hollywood studio partnerships, and award winning content.

Under the stewardship of its maverick founder and CEO, Reed Hastings, Netflix has managed to hold its own in an extremely competitive marketplace. …


Image of two tadpole-looking characters holding musical instruments and wearing plaid and leather jackets. One is playing a left-handed electric bass; the other is playing a right-handed electric guitar. There is an amplifier off to the side.
Image of two tadpole-looking characters holding musical instruments and wearing plaid and leather jackets. One is playing a left-handed electric bass; the other is playing a right-handed electric guitar. There is an amplifier off to the side.
Spotify’s Too Cool for Apple’s In-App Purchase Policies.

You don’t get to become the most valuable company in the world without making a couple enemies along the way. With a legacy defined by disrupting and dominating entire industries, Apple was certainly not afraid to step on toes.

Just take a look back on its rivalries over the last twenty years and you’ll see what I mean. Remember when Microsoft tried to compete against the iPod by launching Zune? Or, how about when Apple dismantled BlackBerry’s dominance of the smartphone market in less than a decade? Apple won those battles handedly.

What Makes Apple Such a Tough Competitor?

Apple’s ability to marry innovative software with elegant…


The Facebook like button, circa 2012. A thumbs up with a blue collared sleeve.
The Facebook like button, circa 2012. A thumbs up with a blue collared sleeve.
Nice move, Zuck. We all know what you’re doing here with Rooms…

Facebook is notorious for making product innovations cheekily similar to that of its rivals. Some observers refer to this technique as a “Zucking”. The quinessential example of “Zucking” the competition occurred occurred in 2017 when Instagram adopted the 24-hour disappearing story feature — a feature that had first premiered on Snapchat’s platform. Facebook improved on its stories add-ons, including the swipe up feature, music tracks, and e-commerce integrations. It took Snapchat’s great idea and improved upon it. And it worked — brilliantly.

Facebook has not always been successful in copying its competitors. Facebook tried zucking a dating app integration…


A packed Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, California) with a massive American flag rolled out onto the field. The sun is setting and there are some clouds in the sky. Fans are taking pictures with their smartphones and cheering loudly.
A packed Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, California) with a massive American flag rolled out onto the field. The sun is setting and there are some clouds in the sky. Fans are taking pictures with their smartphones and cheering loudly.
A new era in sports media is on the horizon — and Amazon is leading the way.

The NFL’s recently announced 10-year distribution agreements with CBS, ESPN/ABC, FOX, NBC, and Amazon are true blockbusters. The whopping $110 billion agreement set to begin in 2023 sets in motion the bourgeoning revolution for digital sports media consumption.


Pandemic-induced plant lockdowns and uncertainty over the economic recovery caused automanufacturers to cut their semiconductor orders. As demand for vehicles soared, the auto industry was caught flat-footed and is now struggling to source parts, expecting to miss out on close to $61 billion in sales. The used market, however, is happily filling the void.

The global semiconductor supply chain is experiencing major disruptions. From difficulties sourcing raw materials to production bottlenecks and distribution headaches, Samsung — a leading manufacturer of chips — has warned that there are serious imbalances lying ahead for the entire industry and beyond.

One sector where the chip shortage is having a particularly devastating impact is auto-manufacturing. The entire industry is now coping with the downstream effects of lockdown-related plant closures in March and April 2020, which brought assembly lines to a stand-still. After first and second quarter 2020 automobile sales fell precipitously and short-term demand looked bleak heading into…


A side profile black-and-white photo of a packed concert hall where the singer is crowd-surfing, bass player is rocking out, and a bouncer is watching.
A side profile black-and-white photo of a packed concert hall where the singer is crowd-surfing, bass player is rocking out, and a bouncer is watching.
A packed crowd at the Horsehoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada circa 2010.

It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday. These days, however, I won’t be part of the “regular crowd” shuffling in to a dive bar to order $4 pints and watch a band perform. Tonight, there’s my grandmother’s old Sony boombox sitting next to me (in my living room) as I sip on my soda and gin. Gone (for now) are the nights I’d spend attending local punk shows in downtown Toronto. …

Justin Oswald

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