EP133 Robert Tercek on Digital Strategies



Robert Tercek

Robert Tercek talks to Jim about his book, Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World. They cover the usefulness of the vapor metaphor, centralization vs decentralization, the impact of closed application ecosystems, value in intangible assets, hardware vs software profitability, the telling story of Tower Records, rapid consumer market changes, big tech bundling strategies, the birth of mobile games, Epic Games vs Apple, digital goods, race to the VR metaverse, digitized smart cities, future TV evolutions, interactive TV & Twitch, switchboards vs platforms vs markets vs ecosystems, and much more.

Robert Tercek is one of the world’s most prolific creators of interactive content. He has created designed and created interactive experiences on every digital platform, including satellite television, game consoles, broadband Internet and mobile networks. He provides strategic insight and advice to many companies, including Nokia, Motorola, AMD, Sony Computer Entertainment, Turner Broadcasting, PBS, CNN, Interpublic Group, and Reed Exhibitions. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Creative Visions Foundation in Malibu, California.


EP132 Britt Adkins on Celestial Civilization



Britt Adkins

Britt Adkins has a wide-ranging talk with Jim about the space industry. They explore prioritizing space funding & common misconceptions, power of the overview effect, global vs celestial community, cultural & political impacts, public participation strategies, physical / psychological adaptation to space & other planets, scaling humanity, urban planning in space, orbital debris & waste, environmental design dynamics, cultural commons in space, policy challenges & the Outer Space Treaty, diversity in the space industry, Elon Musk worship, off-earth self sufficiency, and much more.

Britt is the first space urban planner and founder of Celestial Citizen. She is passionate about the intersection of urban planning, engineering, science, and social justice as humans look to build new societies in space. Britt also hosts the Celestial Citizen podcast where she looks to spark unique conversations about the human factors that will be essential to our long-term survival and evolution into a spacefaring civilization. She’s currently dually-enrolled at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy pursuing a Master of Urban Planning, and at the Colorado School of Mines, where she will be receiving a Master of Science in Space Resources. She also graduated from the MIT-Wellesley Double Degree program where she received the S.B. in Urban Studies & Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Wellesley College in Architecture.