End of an Era – Observations on Day 3 of the Web Summit

My interest in the Web Summit lies in where technology interfaces with traditional industries. The disruption to traditional routes to markets, channels sales etc….

As such the talks I enjoyed most were in the “off piste” smaller Summit rooms talking about the impact technology has on fashion, advertising, consumer goods, marketing, brands, media, blogging, health & fitness etc….

What is very clear is that technology has a huge impact on all of our businesses so we have to embrace this changing landscape to stay relevant.

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Lost in Translation – Observations on Mainland China

I recently spent a week in mainland China with one of our Partner companies. The experience left me exhilarated, exhausted and more than a little bit concerned over the West’s position in the global economic pecking order.

Growing up in Ireland any goods that we came across that carried the label “Made in China” meant cheap, nasty and mass produced.

Hence prior to travelling I probably had an unfair view that China was fine for high volume production but couldn’t complete with highly skilled precision manufacturing in the West.  The truth I found is much more complex.

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