The Problem With “Content”  

Everyone has a pet peeve. At least currently, mine is the word “content.” It falls in the category of words like “quality,” “luxury,” and “awesome” that have been overused and abused so much that t… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

7 Stories worth reading this weekend

When the world’s most famous mystery writer vanished: As a lifelong fan of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, I quite enjoyed this wonderful retelling of a story that turned her into the star of h… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

7 Stories worth reading this weekend

When the world’s most famous mystery writer vanished: As a lifelong fan of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, I quite enjoyed this wonderful retelling of a story that turned her into the star of h… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

How & why to buy computers properly

in many places, computers are treated as capital equipment with a fairly long lifespan, and as devices that need operation but not maintenance. These attitudes may date back to the 1950s, when the … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Bitcoin is a real energy hog

Researchers from the Technical University of Munich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took a look at how much energy was consumed by computers used to generate bitcoins and process tran… | Continue reading | 5 days ago

The Bing of Maps

Seven years ago, Apple decided that it’d had enough of using Google’s mapping data. They realized that maps and mapping services were so strategic that they couldn’t really afford to depend on a sm… | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Twitter is Big in Japan

In the U.S., Twitter has been dogged by the perception that it’s a non-intuitive platform, more suited for public figures, entertainers, and journalists. But in Japan, it has mass appeal. Twitter s… | Continue reading | 6 days ago

I am soooo excited about iPadOS

iPad Pro has been my primary work computer for over two years. Despite its shortcomings, I have managed to turn into a productivity machine, but the gulf between the iPad and the Apple Macs is stil… | Continue reading | 7 days ago

How to deal with Big Tech regulation, smartly

Cory Doctorow, in an opinion piece for the Economist, makes some salient points about challenges and unintended consequences of regulating tech companies. Instead, he proposes what needs to happen.… | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Why these are Google’s 7 best acquisitions

From Wall Streeters to members of the media, it is not uncommon to hear people wax eloquent about Facebook’s high-profile acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp as prescient moves toward future-proo… | Continue reading | 9 days ago

What’s Worth Reading

The Permian Basin in Texas is booming again: What does this mean for the local economy? I absolutely love reading these boom-bust-boom-again stories, especially about oil and Texas. In England, cri… | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Fiber Networks fear the Four-Legged Hackers

There is often talk about hostile nations disrupting fiber networks and the Internet infrastructure. We also worry about hackers doing permanent damage to the networks. But we rarely think about cu… | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Tech & the Trade Wars

America is at war with China. Instead of guns, bombs, and bullets, the war is being fought in the business arena. The media calls it a trade war. And like all wars, there will be those who end up p… | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Are you a Sharent?

In the past few years, the term “sharenting” has gained popularity in the media press and among academics, indicating the act of parents posting pictures, videos, and stories about the offspring on… | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Why Social Media Detox is so hard

Sally Adee tries Twitter detox or as she calls it, Intermittent fasting, but for Twitter, only to realize: And that’s when it hit me – the reason my habit is so bad is me. By lovingly curating and … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

The Cost of Lies

What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we will mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that, if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? What … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

(Mickey) Drexler vs (Elon) Musk

I loved J.Crew. And I admired Mickey Drexler. And that is why I am often confounded how the coolest brand in the world become faded, a footnote in the history of retail. There is absolutely nothing… | Continue reading | 15 days ago

What’s Worth Reading Now

The best shows are on HBO, Seriously! Vulture ranks the catalog of the network, and after you are done reading the article, you realize how much quality is packed into the HBO archives. The Wire is… | Continue reading | 16 days ago

The Decimal Clock

If we had ten hours in a day, instead of 24, and if each of these hours had 100 minutes instead of 60, and if every minute had 100 seconds, our clocks would look like this, and the time would be … … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Intentionet wins the Best of the (Interop) Show

Intentionet, one of True Ventures’ family of companies, has won the Best of Interop Award in the infrastructure category. Interop is a large conference and trade show focused on enterprise an… | Continue reading | 20 days ago

World Cup (of Cricket) 2019

Around this time tomorrow, the World Cup of Cricket, a once in four-year extravaganza will be underway. England, the hosts, will be squaring off against South Africa. To a majority of the residents… | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Fake News is Spam

Another week and another Facebook drama! And once again it is reinforcing the fact that fake news is spam. We get too tripped up in the editorial aspect of the problem when it is a technology probl… | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Time for a Playdate

A small subset of the Internet jumped with joy and glee when it heard about Playdate — a handheld gaming device, developed by Portland, Oregon-based independent software company Panic, in conjuncti… | Continue reading | 22 days ago

On Faking It

It is a long weekend in the United States, and like everyone else, I want to take advantage of the good weather and catch up on my long reading list of papers, articles, and books. So, I will keep … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

7 Stories Worth Reading

What makes Pharell so awesome (and amazing). Find out! Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister? Seriously. How did this happen? How San Francisco broke America’s heart. Well, for starters, the headli… | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Waiting for (Autonomous) Godot

Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics and a robotics guru is skeptical of the current claims around AGI and autonomous cars hitting the road anytime soon, much like another technology luminary… | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Some Really Good Reads

Leonardo Da Vinci died 500 years ago, but here’s why we are still awed by his brilliance. The sins of industrial pollution aren’t easily absolved, as we learn from this story about a small Georgian… | Continue reading | 27 days ago

What’s Wrong Apple & Microsoft

I am primarily a Mac household — I use my iMac Pro as a digital darkroom. I am not likely to give up my desktop (iMac Pro) anytime soon, and the reason is Photoshop. While I use Lightroom CC as my … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Down the memory lane

I couldn’t sleep so I started cleaning up my photo library and decided to upload some photos to my Flickr account. And while there, I ended up looking at some old photos. And I stumbled onto this o… | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Is Online Shopping AR’s Killer App?

I am one of those people who celebrates the future. I absolutely love the possibilities of technology and technological change. At the same time, I can’t let go of the past. I use fountain pens to … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

In a New York State of Mind

I spent the past few days celebrating the city’s startup ecosystem. Did you know that, of the top ten companies on CNBC’s latest disruptor list, four are based in New York, three are from China, an… | Continue reading | 29 days ago

The End of (Nearly) Free Rides

Uber and Lyft are finally publicly traded companies, which means that they will live and die by their performance as businesses in public. They are both carrying very frothy valuations, which are i… | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Talking about Uber, Carta & Stuff on TechCrunch Podcast

I was invited by the friendly folks at TechCrunch to be a special guest on their Equity podcast. We talked about Uber and it’s IPO. I shared my love for Carta. And we even talked about Casper… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Power of Distributed

Talent is evenly distributed around the globe, but opportunity is not. Nearly 15 years ago, I would often to young Matt about WordPress, the changing dynamics of media and how work will change. He … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A Little Less Conversation

One of the highlights of my day is having lunch with my True Ventures colleagues. We sit around the table, enjoy food, and talk about a lot of topics. I don’t talk as much as I listen. That’s where… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Don’t Worry, Blog Happy

I’ve recently seen some tweets expressing the pressure some people feel — understandably — of publishing their thoughts on a blog, fearing what others might say, wondering if it’s good … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

5 stories worth reading right now

A former Amazon warehouse worker’s personal and poignant take on — what else? — the Amazon Package. Short, but worthy read. As someone who spends a lot of time on the beaches and on the coastlines … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

I’ve Said it Before, And I’ll Say It Again

If you have been a regular reader, then you know my hobbyhorse: the iPhone is killing the standalone camera. And the latest data released by Camera & Imaging Products Association only reinforce… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Pointless (United)

I have always felt that the whole airlines point system and loyalty system is a big giant scam. The bigger the airline, the pointless the whole scheme and its perceived benefits. This morning, I wa… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Which is it: Big Tobacco or Big Oil?

I don’t mean to harp on Facebook. I know I’ve written about them for the last two weeks, and I swear I wouldn’t keep at it if I didn’t sincerely believe them to be a clear and present danger to our… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Virtual Unreality

Virtual Reality sometimes feels like the boy who cried wolf. Doesn’t it feel like we have been talking about VR and its amazing potential forever? The $2 billion acquisition of Oculus by Facebook m… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

uBiome, Silicon Valley & the issue of trust

Earlier this month, the FBI raided the offices of uBiome, a healthcare startup based in San Francisco. The company, which has raised more than $100 million and is valued at roughly $300 million, is… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Time for Self-Reflection

I’ve come to realize that I can’t count on myself not to make errors when I’m sharing information on Twitter. I often feel rushed, which is less than ideal when there are so many trolls (who are ap… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

5 stories I recommend that are worth reading

Three Mushers, one blizzard, and the world’s hardest dog sled race. No, this is not about Iditarod, but about the 1,000-mile long Yukon Quest. Great and fun read from Deadspin. Ofo-oh! China’s unic… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

What Did Tesla Do Now?

In many ways, Tesla — Elon Musk’s lightning rod of a car company — is the perfect allegory for modern Silicon Valley. The ongoing psychodrama of personalities drowns out the amazing technical achie… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Get Up, Stand Up

Sometimes I wonder if Wall-E was not just a movie but also a glimpse into our future. The rotund shapes of citizens, who lived off chemical foods and used artificial transportation mechanisms, look… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Facebook Readies for Washington

Earlier this week, Bloomberg Technology host Emily Chang asked me where I think Facebook will be in a year. My answer: Pretty much where it is now. It will be unchanged or even emboldened, thanks i… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Goat Man

I recently went on a weekend road trip to Utah in order to revive my mind and my soul. Nothing does that better than a gentle wind lightly brushing your face as it makes its way across the desert a… | Continue reading | 1 month ago