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  • Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

    Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

    Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It’s a consumer app -- something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites? If we put the user experience first and incorporate utility, simplicity, engagement and emotion into our products, we can make work just as easy and delightful as posting a photo. Read More

  • Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

    Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

    "Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet," says Naval Ravikant. "Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle," concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don't believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I'll grant there's plenty to be skeptical about, you should be thinking… Read More

  • What Games Are: Valley People And Games People

    What Games Are: Valley People And Games People

    I recently made reference to the idea that Valley thinking and games industry thinking are very different, and some people asked me to explain what I meant. So here you go. Read More

  • A Multi-Factor Analysis Of Startups

    A Multi-Factor Analysis Of Startups

    Every decision we make from what to wear to whom to hire requires a balance of multiple factors. Selecting a startup to invest in isn’t much different. First, we have a number of alternatives, i.e. our deal flow. We don’t have access to all available deals. Second, we have a limited amount of time to decide and we have other constraints, such as how much cash we have, contingencies, terms… Read More

  • Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

    Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

    I used to think corporate culture didn’t matter. Discussion of vision, mission and values was for people who couldn’t build product or sell it! We had work to do and this MBA BS was getting in the way! And then my first company failed. Read More

  • A Wearables Startup Playbook

    A Wearables Startup Playbook

    The rise of mobile broadband, commodity sensors, smartphone-based companion apps, virtualized manufacturing and supply chain, crowdfunding, and nimble design have converged to make wearables mainstream. With the category now validated as a strategic hotspot for all major corporations and platforms, investors are clamoring to fund wearable tech startups. Read More

  • Changing Our Education System One Programmer At A Time

    Changing Our Education System One Programmer At A Time

    In the off chance you’ve been sleeping under a rock with no Wi-Fi for the past 20 years, here’s some news: The U.S. educational system is under attack from multiple fronts and is on the verge of being reshaped by a profound entrepreneurial uprising. This is acutely evident in higher education. Colleges are in an unsustainable arms race of spending on non-teaching lures – football stadiums… Read More

  • Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Techies hate politics. Well, no: we hate the idea of politics. Whenever I talk to pretty much anyone in the industry about politics as a sphere of human endeavor, from individual coders to zillionaire VCs, pained expressions cross their faces and they rush to distance themselves from the whole toxic mess. Which is a problem on two levels. One, now that technology is the dominant cultural and… Read More

  • These Aren’t The Patent Trolls You’re Looking For

    These Aren’t The Patent Trolls You’re Looking For

    Over the past few years, the debate over so-called “patent trolls” has risen to a fever pitch. Businesses of all sizes have complained about the “horrible” effects of patent trolls. Legal scholars are performing studies to determine their impact. Every branch of the federal government has become involved in attempts to limit their efficacy: President Obama has issued Executive Orders on… Read More

  • What Games Are: Fire TV And The “Casual Console”

    What Games Are: Fire TV And The “Casual Console”

    Fire TV is basically doing what everybody's been saying Apple TV should be doing by now. 80% of its pitch is about having video and music from many of the usual sources. The other 20% is that Fire TV is a microconsole focused on casual gaming. What does it mean? Will it work? Read More

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  • The Fallacy Of Android-First

    The Fallacy Of Android-First

    In late 2012, we decided to launch Emu on Android first. It went against the conventional wisdom at the time, but we saw a real advantage. 16 months later, we’re back on iOS: Emu for iPhone launched on April 2. Here’s why Android didn’t work out for us...and why you should think carefully before going Android-first. Read More

  • Million Man Ban

    Million Man Ban

    Participating in democracy "takes a certain amount of civic courage" -- and on the Internet, more than ever. No matter what position you take, however enlightened, ignorant, hurtful, helpful, or anything else, there are a million people ready to side with you and just as many taking dead aim. Just don't expect them to do it quietly. Read More

  • “Full Disclosure” Shutdown Raises Questions About Email Mailing Lists In The Social Media Era

    “Full Disclosure” Shutdown Raises Questions About Email Mailing Lists In The Social Media Era

    In the days before Twitter, Facebook and even Friendster had arrived, a great deal of social interaction on the Internet occurred via email mailing lists. The closure last week of an information security mailing list, Full Disclosure, prompted a number of InfoSec professionals to ask whether these lists still have relevance when so many powerful new social media platforms are available to replace… Read More

  • Hack Your Summer

    Hack Your Summer

    Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re in college, chances are either you’ve already got your internship lined up or you’re racing to get an internship lined up. What happens if you can’t get one? Read More

  • When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

    When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

    I write to you from my vacation, meaning, this time, the dusty port town of Kaolack in sunny Senegal. (What, your vacations don't involve long hours spent riding in--or, sometimes, on--overcrowded West African inter-city public transit? Weirdo.) On arrival I picked up an Orange SIM card, which cost 1000 francs (US $2) and came with 1000 francs of credit. And then my cab driver kind of blew my… Read More

  • #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    There is a special milestone in each significant relationship that is rarely celebrated. There's no holiday, no dinner, and no party. It just happens - one day you're strangers, the next you're not. It's the day you hand over your passwords to your SO. Read More

  • The Right Way To Ask Users For iOS Permissions

    The Right Way To Ask Users For iOS Permissions

    Cluster is the first native mobile app I’ve designed, and the experience has taught me a lot about things to consider that aren’t necessarily a concern on the web. When creating a web app, you’re just building a page a user visits. But when creating a native experience, you’re not only asking them to download something but also probably asking them to give you access to their location or… Read More

  • Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

    Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

    Some reacted to Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR less than enthusiastically, but the announcement is one of the most exciting opportunities for the future of Social VR -- a future where virtual reality will help build stronger online interactions through more expressive communication and shared experiences. Read More

  • What Games Are: Virtual Reality, We Hardly Knew You

    What Games Are: Virtual Reality, We Hardly Knew You

    It might be white hot news that Facebook dropped two-bils on buying in, or that Valve's Michael Abrash has joined Oculus as chief scientist, but I suspect that this generation of virtual reality is already dead. Read More

  • The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft

    The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft

    Microsoft had become an oft-ignored, behemoth to the North, despite $77 billion in revenue and $57 billion in profits. It seemed that the mobile revolution had passed it by. Although Steve Ballmer was already making many of the right moves, it took new CEO Satya Nadella to fully accept that Microsoft had to move beyond Windows into a new future of apps and cloud services. Read More