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Rethinking Maps: Colonial Waterways > Interstates > Digital Mental Maps

Nick Kosar Culture, Technology, Travel 0 Comments

I’ve been road-tripping a lot through Virginia in the last few years. Like many, I’ve also been road-tripping around the internet. A strong coffee while waiting for my two youngest daughters to get their annual homeschool end-of-year testing, and I came up with this … my Medium-based ruminations on the connections between American colonial ideas of geography, the (increasingly less …

Travel Bloggers, Where Art Thou?

Nick Kosar Marketing, Startups, Technology, Travel 0 Comments

World-renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson, in this morning’s particularly fine FT Weekend, is refreshingly honest about the changing role and status of “experts” like herself in today’s society and economy. A couple quick quotes by Ms. Robinson succinctly state today’s new reality: “In the 21st century, the internet and now, particularly, the smartphone have changed everything.” “I have gone from …

Butte Fantasy Alley: US 491, US 160, and US 64

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A required element of this six-week cross-country trek for me was the Butte Drive-By – in the arid semi-deserts of the southwestern United States. There’s something special about a butte: timeless, majestic, and spiritual. Spiritual in the sense of: I can see how the ancients would attribute some aspect of deity to these impressive natural formations. This trip would have …

Gain Perspective: 5 Things I’ve Learned Being Away and Offline

Nick Kosar Culture, Technology, Travel 0 Comments

I’ve been gone from my online communities the last couple weeks – no recent blog posts, ignoring some social networks, and only dabbling in others. Some might applaud this: That I’ve finally abandoned social media and digital devices and rejoined “the real world.” But my time away has convinced me that they’re wrong. I’m not saying that everyone should be …

It’s Time to Rename Our Coffee Styles and Sizes

Nick Kosar Culture, Language, Marketing, Travel 0 Comments

Venti? 20 oz? And worst of all, “Tall”?? When it comes to coffee sizes and marketing, I sometimes think we’ve got it all wrong. It’s time for a change. As many know, two key elements of successful marketing are that you should: Self-identify with your customers and target markets. Speak their language. Align yourself with their aspirations. And that’s why …

I’ll Take My Parisian Metro Station on the Classy Side

Nick Kosar Culture, Design, Travel 0 Comments

Today I happened upon a fantastic article  about plans to reclaim unused and abandoned Metro stations in Paris. What first caught my eye was the sheer beauty and creativity of the designs and ideas for reusing these spaces. While I’ve been fortunate to travel through the Paris Metro system a number of times on vacation, I remember witnessing the pickpocketing …

What Is Modern Technology?

Nick Kosar Culture, Language, Technology, Travel 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that it was nearly 10 years ago that I was in Europe on an MBA trip. Time flies. Remembering back to that trip, at the time no one had yet heard of an iPhone. Now, honestly, how can one do without one? Back then, you had a mobile phone, but it was mainly for Voice. Then …