Studio Reviews: …And Just Like That

This week the pirates are talking about the Sex and The City reboot …And Just Like That. We don’t have a lot of positive things to say about it. No one asked our opinions but we definitely have some we’re going to share.

Slow and asynchronous is the way.

Work and workers are growing more fragmented. We’re scattered to the hinterlands, demanding when, where, and how we want to work. So, the way we work needs to change too. Two ways we can change the way we work is to slow down and asynchronize our communication. Here’s what I mean.

Studio Reviews : Bo Burnham: Inside

Ratchet Reviews is back! And this time we’re discussing Bo Burnham’s triumphant (maybe?) return to comedy specials, Inside. After a hiatus from comedy, Bo is back with his signature wit and musical talent taking us all through the highs and lows of quarantine emotions.

The $4 billion press conference

Along with the excitement brought about by the knockout stage of the Copa America tournament, this year’s event also comes with a riddle. What do you get when you take a soccer superstar, a couple of Coke bottles, and add some media spin? An estimated $4 billion drop in Coca-Cola’s market value. At least, that’s […]

SurveyMonkey becomes Momentive

Big news in the experience management category as SurveyMonkey becomes Momentive. Utilizing their own technologies, the brand surveyed over 22,000 people in seven countries before eventually making the move. While we’re slightly offended they didn’t ask for our opinion, we still recommend reading their recent blog post for a bit more insight into their methodology and findings.  At the […]

Vlog: Branding trends we see in Work Tech


A few weeks ago we launched our latest Brandscape on talent and learning categories coming together. Bailey led the creative and visual design insights in the report, so she gave us a tour inside her brain.

Casa Amor | Studio Reviews

This week in Studio Reviews we’re chatting Casa Amor from Love Island US. It’s the most drama, skin, jaw-dropping filled challenge for the islanders yet. Join us as we discuss all of the tea from Lauren’s angst-filled joining and leaving of the island to Johnny’s extremely questionable actions at Casa Amor. What are your thoughts […]

Love Island US | Studio Reviews

This week on Rachet Reviews we’re talking about the first week of Love Island in Vegas. There’s a lot to digest after a. crazy week of getting to know the cast. Who are you rooting for? What did you think of the drama that unfolded? Join us as we talk through our thoughts on everything […]

Well-being: Work tech’s next big market

There is a major story in work tech right now: Well-being is going to be yuge. Why? That’s what Bret wanted to find out. He sat down with Vic Strecher and Eric Zimmerman of Kumanu, a well-being company focused on performance, to understand the big drivers behind this category. Eric argues that since religion and […]

Ratchet Reviews Ep. 1

Four of The Starr Conspiracy agents bonded over a love of trashy television and movies. We thought making a review show would be fun for us and also a great break from all of the craziness going on in the world. Join us in our first video as we dissect the nuances of Netflix’s The […]

Masks and marketing.

Back when I was a kid, you had to put a yard sign out front for people to know who you were voting for. Now everyone can tell simply by whether you’re wearing a mask or not. If you posted #blacklivesmatter on your social feeds. Or some other nuanced variation of a thousand things people see and […]

Things must change.

2020 has been filled with unexpected turns and challenges, creating new realities for many people all across the world. Unfortunately, the events of the past week have reminded us that the reality for Black Americans has remained largely unchanged throughout our country’s history. The reality is that the dehumanization and murder of Black Americans by […]

New CEO (and a bright future) at Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand announced Q1 earnings yesterday, a bit of a miss. The miss can largely be explained by March Covid-19 sales headwinds, but that wasn’t really the headline. The big news was CSOD founder and CEO Adam Miller moving to a co-chair role on the board and announcing that former Saba CEO Phil Saunders would […]

It’s not just you. Zoom Fatigue is a real thing.

The explosion of videoconference use in response to Covid-19 has launched an unofficial social experiment, showing at scale what’s always been true: virtual interactions can be extremely hard on the brain.

3 Analyst Tips to Avoid Being Left Behind


Analysts are important to closing deals. Some big buyers want their validations before pulling the trigger. Some buyers use analysts during the research or active evaluation phase of the buyer’s journey. And some buyers look to analysts to find a short list of vendors that will solve their business problems.  All of those things will […]

In Search of a New Organizing Principle for Work Technology

Every now and then, something happens that changes the way we think about everything. Like, oh, I don’t, what’s a good example — how about a global pandemic?  Major events like COVID-19 cause us to take things apart, examine the pieces, and put them back together again in a different way. But the way things […]

How Strategic Is Employee Scheduling?


Before I started the agency (way back near the turn of the century), one of my early marketing positions was with a time-and-attendance and employee scheduling company. I had moved from Austin to Boston to take the job. My wife and I had never lived outside of Texas, and being newly married with no children […]