The Roundtable 11:30 AM January 16, 2018

Some articles about CES 2018. We'll also talk about the trends that are emerging -- sensors and data to power the smartness (smart homes, smart cities, smart cars, smart planes...) and what that means for everyone including the people who don't think they're using those technologies or sharing their data.

Maybe the most interesting recent piece of news is from Horace Dediu of Asymco on The iOS Economy, Updated (read article)

On the CES from, here are some wrap-up articles:

CNET summary of phones 



And on the data collection side of things, a couple of recent articles to read and think about:

Alexa -- why? (NY Times)

Cars Collecting Data (Washington Post)

Does it seem as if we're in a lull? Jesse and Joe Donahue talk about it on January 16, 2018 at 11:30 for The Roundtable on WAMC.

Conference Call Vendors (from Top Ten)
Jesse Feiler Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:59
Jesse and Joe Talk about Teleconferencing on The Roundtable, 11:30 AM Tues. Dec. 19, 2017
Jesse Feiler Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:55

Skype, FaceTime, GoToMeeting, WebEx...

What are the differences among products and vendors in the teleconferencing world. These are terrific products for defeating the barriers of distance in getting people together, but there are significant differences. We'll talk about the options and differences as well as uses for general meetings, classes and training, and specific functionalities in areas such as medicine, customer support, and more.

For background here are three links to major groups of products and vendors:

Video Teleconferencing Products
Jesse Feiler Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:44
Web Conferencing Products (Wikipedia)
Jesse Feiler Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:37

Web conferencing products and technologies.

Click/tap for table of comparisons from Wikipedia.

Jesse and Gail Talk About Nonprofit Risk on The Roundtable, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Jesse Feiler Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:31

Join Joe Donahue, Jesse Feiler, and Gail Nayowith as we talk about The Nonprofit Risk Book and The Nonprofit Risk App and how they came to be. Books are starting to ship now!

Homeowners Associations/Nonprofit Status…

In many states, HOAs are nonprofits without much further ado. Tax-exempt status for all nonprofits is another matter. In general, states are responsible for organizing nonprofit organizations and the federal Internal Revenue Service is responsible for determining if those organizations are or are not exempt from federal taxes. States often then follow those determinations for local taxes. Although the three steps maybe done all together, they are basically sequential).