Ben Schippers

Ben Schippers Contributor Ben Schippers is a co-founder of HappyFunCorp. More posts by this contributor The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction Tesla, a great family brand

Ben Schippers is a co-founder of HappyFunCorp.

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A modest proposal to make apps suck less

Ben Schippers Contributor Ben Schippers is a co-founder of HappyFunCorp. More posts by this contributor The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction Tesla, a great fami

The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction

As we grow as a culture, especially for newer generations, we need to start asking important questions: ‘how as a species do we begin the education process of device addiction?’ And more important

Tesla, a great family brand

Tesla talks a lot about safety, and rightfully so. They have beaten even the safest cars at their own game and thus have created a family brand in the process. In the spirit of safety and family, one

As interest rates climb, explore insourcing

Most people and most companies understand the term and concept of outsourced development. True to tech, we've coined a new term, with a twist: insourced development. Before the term insourcing, outsou

The connected car and another fragmented market

As any new industry takes shape, technical fragmentation occurs. The connected car is new and hot and, like markets prior, there’s a huge land-grab unfolding in front of all consumers. It feels very

Solve real problems, provide real solutions

We love the internet. We love apps. We love the Internet of Things. But most importantly, we love ideas. The accessibility that the internet provides, however, is also what makes it unbelievably diffi

Tech is primed for an upswing

The past 15 months has created a lot of confusion around where the technology sector is going. I’m constantly being asked by entrepreneurs if the timing is right to start a new business and would I

Big data and its developer fallout

As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet is more closed and m

The hungry consumer and the software pivot

The internet has become a lonely space, and consumers are hungry for something new. We don’t talk much anymore about new processors, video cards and faster dialup modems -- at least not like we used

Prima donna engineers

In a world where engineers truly are the new rock stars and markets continue to be moderately funded, it is not uncommon to witness or experience the engineering "prima donna effect." I’ve gently su

The downside of an over-capitalized market

I recently took the opportunity to visit with influential friends and colleagues in the New York City technology space. I sat with longtime friend Nick Chirls, founder of Notation Capital, and disc

App Fatigue

In the 1980s and 1990s it was all about shrink-wrapped software ... ah, those were the days. Software was sold on big and small pieces of plastic and shiny CDs. The 1990s brought in the wave of early

The Startup, The Burnout

Burnout is as real as it gets. Burnout is a period of life when your thinking has become relentlessly intrusive, and quieting such thinking only makes it worse, similar to that of anxiety, depression

The Art Of The Pitch

I’m fortunate in my day to day. I have the privilege of hearing new and exciting ideas, both by seasoned and budding entrepreneurs. I remind myself that not too many moons ago, I was in their shoes

Engineers Build Ugly Products

Why do engineers build ugly products? What is it in the nature of engineering or the software development process that leads to user interfaces that are impossible for users to actually use?

Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What?

While hip hop may have ‘too many mc’s and not enough mics’, in tech, there are too many startups and not enough seasoned technologists. Over the last seven years, hopeful entrepreneurs have floo

Facebook Development Through The Years

At the recent F8 conference, listening to Mark Zuckerberg announce that FB Messenger was going to open up as another developer platform, as Facebook did back in 07, brought me back to a different time

New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity

The tendency for entrepreneurs is to build big products. The problem with big, feature-rich products is that they take substantial time and money. People talk about this topic frequently, especiall