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Mark Blafkin

Mark helps clients see around walls and devise crazy enough they just might work strategies.

Mark Blafkin Has 8 Posts

Does the Consumer Welfare Standard Still Work?

The most interesting and contentious four hours of discussion at the FTC Antitrust Hearings last week were cancelled. The planned sessions were set up as a “battle royal” between antitrust hipsters, conservatives, and progressives over whether the current approach is up to the challenge of preventing competitive abuses in the age of big tech and […]

Posted on September 14, 2018

Google’s European Nightmare

Nearly every headline about the European Commission’s antitrust decision against Google focused on the record-breaking $2.7 billion fine the commission levied against the search giant. While the fine is eye-popping, it is undoubtedly the least important aspect of the decision. In the future, we will likely remember this as a defining moment in Google’s history […]

Posted on July 27, 2017

How Seattle Can Save America

Faces were sullen and comments were hard to come by as the parade of tech executives shuffled up to 25th floor of Trump Tower for their summit with the president-elect. Like most who live and work in America’s innovation hubs like Seattle, Silicon Valley and Boston, they were blindsided by the results of the 2016 […]

Posted on January 3, 2017

Americans Love Tech, But Expect it to Kill Jobs

SurveyMonkey’s Jon Cohen shared some of the surprising data we found in our post-election “Tech in The Age of Trump” research on American attitudes toward the tech industry, the economy, globalization, and the president elect. Despite incredible support for value the technology industry current provides to Americans and the economy, the research exposed some concerns […]

Posted on November 29, 2016

Tech in The Age of Trump

Americans have a love/fear relationship with technology, appreciating how it has bridged the gap between the rich and poor but many are concerned it will be a job-destroyer in the future, according to a new post-election Vrge Strategies survey using SurveyMonkey. Technology’s impact on the economy looms large as American voters are at partisan odds […]

Posted on November 18, 2016

The Four Seasons, Porsche, and Too Much Disruption Kool-Aid

If you haven’t signed up for CB Insights’ (CBI) excellent newsletter, you really should. For those of us focused on the role VC-backed companies play in disrupting established industries, it’s essential reading. That’s why it was so disappointing to see them so drunk on Silicon Valley disruption Kool-Aid that they are starting to get stuff […]

Posted on April 13, 2016

Move Fast and Break Things…With Integrity

Silicon Valley has a problem with authority. In many ways this is a fundamental strength. It enables entrepreneurs to think outside the box and tackle problems in completely new ways, unrestricted by convention. It’s the perspective necessary to disrupt long calcified industries and have the courage to take on multibillion dollar corporate behemoths. It can […]

Posted on February 25, 2016

Are We Eating the Seeds of Disruption?

The numbers are unbelievable. In the first three quarters of 2015, CB Insights found the amount of money dumped into private companies by venture capitalists exceeds $98.4 billion, already more than the last year’s record tally of $88.7 billion. However, much of that investment has been funneled into several record-breaking “private IPOs” to fuel expansion […]

Posted on October 19, 2015
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