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  • Digital Health Startups Get The Same Toys As Everyone Else

    Digital Health Startups Get The Same Toys As Everyone Else

    Until this summer, a significant subset of US-based healthcare entrepreneurs were unable to legally use one of the most fundamental, integral, and efficiency-boosting development tools out there: Amazon Web Services (AWS). Cue the sweaty palms and standing arm hairs of any developer reading this. Read More

  • Hackathons And How To Find A Parking Spot In Rio De Janeiro With Team Rua Aberta

    Hackathons And How To Find A Parking Spot In Rio De Janeiro With Team Rua Aberta

    I’m sitting in an office on the thirteenth floor of the Mayor’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. I’ve come to speak with Pedro Paulo, the Staff Secretary who presided over Rio’s first city-sponsored hackathon, an overnight Red Bull and hot dog infused tech fest that opened up a cache of city data to 75 Rio citizens eager to make their city better – with apps. Read More

  • What Games Are: The Perplexing OUYA Reflex

    What Games Are: The Perplexing OUYA Reflex

    With the extended overreaction to the Free The Games fund from the development community, the question to be asked is why do OUYA and the other microconsoles consistently draw a lot of negativity from the gaming community? Is it a sense of threat? Of missed expectations? Is it something else? Some thoughts on why, and what the solution to overcoming skepticism might be. Read More

  • Why You Need To Pay Attention To General Solicitation

    Why You Need To Pay Attention To General Solicitation

    On Monday, the legal framework for startup fundraising will change. Because of the JOBS Act, you will be able to publicly announce that you’re raising. This is not crowdfunding — you still have to raise from accredited (“rich”) investors. But, by raising in public, you will have to work harder to verify that your investors are accredited. Read More

  • ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem

    ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem

    There’s a crippling STEM talent shortage out there, stalking the streets of Silicon Valley; just ask any Valley executive in the choir crying out for immigration reform. But the IEEE, PBS, and Fortune — an odd triumvirate if ever I saw one — disagree, singing back their own united refrain: “The STEM shortage is a myth!” And, as usual, everyone is wrong. Read More

  • What Games Are: The Marketing Squeeze

    What Games Are: The Marketing Squeeze

    In case you didn’t know, marketing games on mobile has become a big of a nightmare. In this article I talk about how this is part of a wider trend, a squeezing phase affecting many game makers in the middle. Is there any hope for them? Read More

  • First-Time Chilean Entrepreneur Raises $16M To Disrupt Latin America’s Insurance Market

    First-Time Chilean Entrepreneur Raises $16M To Disrupt Latin America’s Insurance Market

    Think about that pure, unbridled feeling when you knew you wanted to be an entrepreneur. Now think about the unsexiest business you could possibly start. Did you think of an insurance product and financial services aggregator? Did that get you excited? It got one 29-year-old Chilean civil engineer excited enough to start Latin America’s first insurance product comparison site… Read More

  • Wait, When Did Software Become So Boring?

    Wait, When Did Software Become So Boring?

    Maybe I’m just jaded and cranky. But as I wandered through Startup Alley at Disrupt this week, and even as I watched many of the Battlefield contestants, I found myself fighting eye-glazing ennui. Apps and services that help you connect and collaborate with others. Tools which help you build or use apps and services that help you connect and collaborate with others. Sigh. Been there. Read More

  • Forget “Cheap”, The iPhone 5c Is Clearly The iPhone Jony Ive Wanted For iOS 7

    Forget “Cheap”, The iPhone 5c Is Clearly The iPhone Jony Ive Wanted For iOS 7

    The “c” in the iPhone 5c title doesn’t stand for “cheap”. It stands for “clueless”. As in, we were all clueless in our speculation on Apple’s motivations for creating this device. Read More

  • It’s Almost Time To Throw Out Your Books

    It’s Almost Time To Throw Out Your Books

    The near-unthinkable has happened. The dinosaurs are finally evolving. The publishing industry’s long war against technology, the future, and its customers may finally be coming to a close. Read More

  • VC, Startup Survey Addresses Whether Patent Assertions Help Or Hurt, And What To Do If You Get Hit

    VC, Startup Survey Addresses Whether Patent Assertions Help Or Hurt, And What To Do If You Get Hit

    You have an idea for a product that is going to change the world. For years you work day and night, and over time, that hard work turns into a company. You have users, revenue and, finally, the business of your dreams. But as you get traction, you also have a patent troll letter. The timing couldn’t be worse. As you find yourself spending more and more time with lawyers and learning… Read More

  • The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I feel the need to say that over and over again to begin with because this post will inevitably be read by some as some sort of anti-Nintendo screed. I know that because every single time I write anything mildly critical of Nintendo, groups of folks reveal themselves that make Android and iPhone diehards look like placid hippies. Those people… Read More

  • The Mediated Life Is Not Worth Living

    The Mediated Life Is Not Worth Living

    I spent last week in Black Rock City, where on Saturday night I and 60,000 others stood within a ring of hundreds of vehicles transformed into spectacular art, and watched a gargantuan wooden effigy erupt, burn, and collapse, amid one of the most dazzling fireworks displays in ever. It was quite a moment. And I looked at the crowd around me and I thought to myself: what is wrong with these people? Read More

  • Microsoft’s Next Era

    Microsoft’s Next Era

    Moments like this happen only once a generation in the technology industry. The announcement of Steve Ballmer’s retirement from his post as CEO of Microsoft puts an end to one of the most powerful and interesting “regimes” in technology history. Symbolically, this is likely the closing chapter of an era that was led by Bill Gates, then collectively by Gates and Ballmer, and… Read More

  • The Board Of The Borg

    The Board Of The Borg

    On April 17 of this year, I wrote a post that I never published. The following day, Microsoft was set to release their Q3 numbers and I wanted to see what they looked like before I ran my piece. I wanted to see if the implosion of the PC industry would start to show up in that quarter, or if it would take another quarter before we saw how dire things really were. Then life got in the way. I… Read More

  • What Games Are: The March Of The Muggles

    What Games Are: The March Of The Muggles

    It’s easy to consign tablet and mobile gaming to the lamestream and feel that there’s a detente between that and the more core gaming platforms. However this is both shortsighted and naive. There’s a deep reason why users are moving over to simpler platforms, one that can’t be ignored. For game developers, for everyone really, learning how to engage with a more… Read More

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running Your Business

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running Your Business

    This is going be a bullet FAQ on starting a business. No joke. If you’re a lawyer, feel free to disagree with me, so you can charge someone your BS fees to give the same advice. If you can think of anything to add, please do so. I might be missing things. If you want to argue with me, feel free. I might be wrong about any of it. Read More

  • How Fast Should You Be Growing?

    How Fast Should You Be Growing?

    Paul Graham wrote a great post in which he defines a startup as a “company designed to grow fast” and encouraged founders to constantly measure their growth rates. For Y Combinator companies, he notes that a good growth rate is 5-7 percent per week, while an exceptional growth rate is 10 percent per week. Read More

  • Jobs, Robots, Capitalism, Inequality, And You

    Jobs, Robots, Capitalism, Inequality, And You

    Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe everything will be fine. Maybe the “widening gap between rich and poor” is temporary. Maybe the steady growth in the proportion of jobs that are part-time and/or low-paid will soon reverse. Or maybe the idea that all the homeless need are old laptops and a few JavaScript textbooks is not unlike the claim that new technologies automatically create new… Read More

  • The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong

    The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong

    This week Facebook’s ban-bot went berserk; Github went down; and all Google services collapsed for a few minutes, taking 40% of the Internet with them. Just another week on the Internet, then. We love our centralized services, until they let us down. Bruce Sterling calls them “the Stacks”: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft. In his most recent (always riveting) State… Read More