Author Archives: taylorvanhare

Have we actually reached a retail apocalypse?

[Disclaimer – this is a little preview into what my presentation will be on this Wednesday!] You have been hearing it everywhere these days – retail is dead. Long gone are the hours spent in Macy’s shopping for the newest model of that KitchenAid mixer, or a fancy tie for dad’s birthday. E-commerce has become the buzzword […]

Brewing a Digital Presence – Starbucks

I am not ashamed to say it – but I am for lack of a better term, a coffee snob. Now before you judge me, give me a chance to explain myself. I grew up in Seattle where people there take their coffee very seriously. So seriously in fact, that they even have a system […]

Sharing the rest of our lives?

“Commerce with the promise of human connection”. Airbnb’s Co-founder Joe Gebbia eloquently explained the value and crux of the sharing economy in these seven words – and I can shamelessly say that I buy into it completely. Companies like Uber and Airbnb have discovered how to take the human feeling of trust and design for […]

Swipe right, please?

Shameless confession… I found myself crying on my flight to Clemson this last Thursday while watching one of my all-time favorite movies – Crazy, Stupid, Love. Now for all of you who may not have seen this cinematic work of genius –  I will give you a quick run-down. It essentially follows the love lives […]

Yes-Man and a Little Honesty

I have decided that Senior Year is going to be the year of yes. Can I wear sweatpants to the bar? – yes Should I buy those Red Socks tickets? – yes Do I want another piece of pizza? – yes You get the picture… Whether you think this will ultimately bring me more harm […]

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