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Another in a series of FaceTime commentaries this week, designed to be observational … or aspirational … or inspirational … or provocative.  Or maybe all of the above.  The idea is to just keep the lessons and metaphors flowing, because the competitive landscape for the retail business isn't going to get any easier, and because KC wants to keep the conversation lively.

The convergence of improved technology and a national labor shortage has created an opportunity for the use of robots than can perform human tasks.  However, there are a ton of small companies that cannot afford that sort of investment.  Which is why the hot new thing for venture capitalists is the financing of rent-a-robot businesses.  As KC explains it, this trend is all about creating greater synergies between tech companies with big ambitions and small businesses with limited resources.