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The Modern Family

Consumer, For Entreprenuers, News  |  May 29, 2013  |  By

Modern-Family

NBCUniversal Integrated Media and USA Network just released a special issue of The Curve Report (www.thecurvereport.com) on today’s Modern Family (incidentally, airing on USA Network this fall).  Here’s a quick excerpt from the study, as well as a link (www.thecurvereport) to the complete report. According to the U.S. Census, only 4% of American families today consist of a married couple…

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Beta Space

Consumer  |  May 1, 2013  |  By

Physical storefronts are knocking off digital and going “beta.”

As the population soars (7 billion today, 9 billion tomorrow), and more people choose city centers over suburban sprawl (three-quarters of the U.S. population lives on just 3% of U.S. land, and 70% of the world population will live in cities by 2050), there is a new premium on space, and a new cachet in having a physical presence. Case…

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Movers & Makers: Outgrow.me

Consumer, Technology  |  April 17, 2013  |  By

Outgrow.me - Comcast Ventures

It’s not often that you come across a trend so powerful that it has as many implications for Barbie as it does for NASA. So, when I read about 3D printed dolls from Makie Labs and the 3D Rocket Engine Design Challenge on the same day it definitely got me thinking. First thought: My money’s on the doll. Second thought:…

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MeTV

Consumer  |  April 3, 2013  |  By

MeTV Comcast Ventures

Remember Justin.tv?  The 2007 “lifecast” was the first of its kind – 24/7 coverage of the life of then-nobody, Justin Kan. Six years later, there are likely to be a lot more ‘Justin’s’ (sadly sans the camera headgear) popping up online, thanks to video sharing sites like the recently-launched, Pheed. The social app is being touted as a Facebook meets Twitter,…

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The Starter City

Comcast Ventures, Venture Capital  |  March 20, 2013  |  By

American Dream: The Starter City

While foreclosures have made ‘starter homes’ less dreamy than they were when mortgages grew on trees (or at least were within 5-year arm’s reach), there may just be a new stepping stone to the American Dream: The Starter City. These former “fly-over” cities and micropolitian communities are getting a Silicon Valley makeover in hopes of attracting a burgeoning ‘middle class’…

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Quick Lit

Comcast Ventures, Consumer  |  March 18, 2013  |  By

Quick Lit Comcast Ventures

A series of new literary apps may make you want to revisit your high school reading list. Findings, Circa and Tapestry allow users to rewrite and remix everything from Hemingway to Fifty Shades of Grey, making novels new fodder for the cut-and-paste culture (a form of ‘fine art’ for this generation). What does this mean other than the erotic romance version…

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The Indie Scene

Comcast Ventures, Consumer  |  March 13, 2013  |  By

NBCUniversal Integrated Media’s The Curve Films launched Indie Women

With so much attention in the last few decades paid to Soccer Moms and families of 4.5, it’s hard to believe that this iconic picture of the American family has become all-but a cultural anomaly. Case and point: According to the U.S. Census, nuclear families have decreased from 44% of homes in 1960 to just a fifth (21%) of households today. So…

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The 7-Year Start Up

Consumer, Technology  |  March 11, 2013  |  By

7-year-start-up

Beyonce recently announced the launch of her new blog, BeyHive, a Tumblr-like blog dedicated to ‘films, songs, people, places, foods and fashions.’  At first blush, this isn’t so newsworthy.  After all, she’s not the first celebrity-turned-blogger – Gwyneth Paltrow launched Goop (or is it Glob? Glop? Flop?…can’t remember) years ago.  But here’s what’s new and notable.  Beyonce has been capturing…

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Meet Melissa!

Comcast Ventures, News, Venture Capital  |  February 27, 2013  |  By

Melissa Lavigne-Delville Comcast Ventures

This is my first blog post, so here’s a little bit about me and my role here at Comcast Ventures.  I’ve spent the last 15 years as a professional voyeur of sorts, prying into the lives of consumers in a way that only a “researcher” has permission to do.  Focusing largely on the lives of Generations X and Y (18-49…

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