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  • From Paralysis To Recovery, Optimization Offers Ports New Tech Remedy

    From Paralysis To Recovery, Optimization Offers Ports New Tech Remedy

    Eight weeks is what the port of Oakland estimated it would take to recover from the paralyzing effects of the west coast port labor disputes. That’s right, as much as eight weeks of delays for domestic car manufacturers to receive parts, grocery stores to receive food and retailers to get their hands on the new Apple Watches. And eight weeks for the U.S. exporters to get their goods… Read More

  • Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    Anti-Tech Backlash Could Be Coming Soon To A City Near You

    While it can be dangerous to take lessons from television shows or science fiction novels, there’s evidence that as technology advances at breakneck speed, there will be those who are afraid of what’s coming and people could choose sides. To some extent, it’s because technology is always a few steps ahead of society, and we have yet to come to grips with much of… Read More

  • No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    With 137% returns in an approximately two year period, there’s logic in mutual funds continuing to throw big dollars into strong IPO candidates, thus significantly inflating valuations. With this encroaching competition it’s not surprising then that VC’s are sending the warning. Read More

  • No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    No Traditional Financial Institutions? No Problem

    On Lending Club’s February 2015 quarterly earnings call, an analyst asked CEO Renaud Laplanche a simple question: have you considered getting the loans you’re issuing rated? Renaud had a simple answer: We have, but we won’t. As Renaud said, the marketplace lending platform’s loan grading system, which it illustrates on its website, is in many ways more transparent and… Read More

  • Why An Open Salary Policy Always Beats Secrecy

    Why An Open Salary Policy Always Beats Secrecy

    For four years, journalists and entrepreneurs have asked me why we created an open salary policy at my company. Here’s the answer: it prevents evil. Open salary policies mandate truthfulness and ethical behavior in organizations that would otherwise abuse the secrecy. “Transparency” is just a hollow buzzword unless executives are candid about compensation. Read More

  • The Terrible Technical Interview

    The Terrible Technical Interview

    Traditional technical interviews are terrible for everyone. They’re a bad way for companies to evaluate candidates. They’re a bad way for candidates to evaluate companies. They waste time and generate stress on both sides. Almost everyone, if pressed, will admit this. And yet they persist. I humbly suggest that it is time for engineers to start to flatly refuse to participate in them. Read More

  • From The Israeli Army Unit 8200 To Silicon Valley

    From The Israeli Army Unit 8200 To Silicon Valley

    To understand Israel’s innovation success, look no further than the Israeli Defense Forces and the country’s mandatory policy of service for young adults. For me and thousands of Israeli entrepreneurs like me, our startup journey began in the technology units of the Israeli Defense Forces. One unit in particular has become a prolific technology incubator, particularly in the field… Read More

  • An Online Publisher Argues For Its Continued Relevance

    An Online Publisher Argues For Its Continued Relevance

    In the digital media landscape, independent publishers are akin to magazines; they both cater to specific demographic groups and provide authoritative content that engages like-minded individuals. Interest-based publishing has flourished for decades, spanning across publishing and broadcast platforms, connecting with discrete audiences. However, the rise of the Internet brought low barriers… Read More

  • Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS?

    Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS?

    In the venture capital world, we’re about to experience an explosion of hiring around one very specific function. These people won’t invest in startups, nor will they analyze companies. They won’t help operate the management company, nor will they focus on LPs. They won’t be EIRs or in-house recruiters or PR consultants or pretty much anything you’re accustomed… Read More

  • How To Play VC Poker With Billions In The Pot

    How To Play VC Poker With Billions In The Pot

    As the ranks of super unicorns continue to grow, such as with Pinterest’s shiny new $11 billion valuation, analysts are increasingly scrutinizing these prices and whether they signal a new tech bubble. Bill Gurley, the Uber investor and partner at Benchmark, argued at SXSW this week that there will be “dead unicorns” among some of these high-priced companies. Another angle… Read More

  • On The Growth Of Apache Spark

    On The Growth Of Apache Spark

    Launched in U.C. Berkeley’s AMPLab in 2009, Apache Spark has begun to catch on like wildfire during the last year and a half. Spark had more than 465 contributors in 2014, making it the most active project in the Apache Software Foundation and among big data open source projects globally. Read More

  • How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation

    How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation

    Silicon Valley, Uncle Sam needs you! No, I’m not talking about just your checkbook. Many of us who work in tech and live in California are accustomed to calls from candidates and campaigns asking for money every couple of years. But this request is much different. Members of a new White House effort, the U.S. Digital Service (USDS), have been making house calls, from Sand Hill Road to… Read More

  • Kidnapping, Nigeria’s Quick Pay Day, Ransoms Its Future

    Kidnapping, Nigeria’s Quick Pay Day, Ransoms Its Future

    While the world lauded Nigeria’s noteworthy successes and worried about Boko Haram’s kidnappings and murders, most media ignored a troubling and growing kidnapping-for-profit racket. If Nigeria wants to convince the world she’s open for business and can lead the so-called MINT economies (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey), this kidnapping industry has to stop. Read More

  • Bio
    Humans: The Next Platform

    Humans: The Next Platform

    Biohacking and transhumanist advances (including nootropics, extended longevity, cybernetic implants, better behavioral and genetic self-understanding) will materially advance our quality of life and productivity in the coming decade, but we need to be thoughtful about the potential social and ethical pitfalls as we transform. Google Trends shows a marked uptick in searches for… Read More

  • The Back Office Developers

    The Back Office Developers

    What are the 5 biggest tech employers in the world? I conducted a survey amongst some tech entrepreneurs and interestingly, almost everyone guessed wrong. Take a second and write down your top 5. If you guessed Apple, Google or Amazon, you’re wrong – and by a huge margin! These companies have approximately 5k-35k developers, almost ten times less than the real behemoths: TCS… Read More

  • The President’s Immigration Orders Are A Welcome First Step, But Much More Is Needed

    The President’s Immigration Orders Are A Welcome First Step, But Much More Is Needed

    In the weeks following President Obama’s State of the Union address, there’s been a flurry of discussion about what current immigration reform discussions mean for families. That’s undeniably an important discussion to have, but another facet of the discussion should look at what these types of reform mean for technology jobs, particularly within Silicon Valley. Read More

  • The Age Of Interruption Overload

    The Age Of Interruption Overload

    Every time I think our way of life couldn’t change any faster, reality proves me wrong. Compare our lives today to just five years ago, and it’s a completely different digital world. Today, we live in the age of interruption overload. We are bombarded with distractions: messages, social networks, emails, e-commerce, news, entertainment, sports – they all have something to say… Read More

  • The Gigabit Age Is Upon Us

    The Gigabit Age Is Upon Us

    Society has entered a time in which technology enables us to be constantly connected, not only with one another, but also to devices and platforms. But we want faster ways to access and share information. Current connections aren’t enough yet. Gigabit networks are emerging as a transformative technology that provides rich connectivity and opens up a world of immersive experiences… Read More

  • Design Principles For Building Better Wearables

    Design Principles For Building Better Wearables

    We are seeing a wave of wearable products coming to market. According to IDC research, 19.2 million shipments this year will build to a global market of 111.9 million units by 2018. There is no doubt that the long-predicted rise of wearables is upon us. Pioneers like Pebble are now being joined by Google’s Android Wear platform, the Apple Watch and Microsoft Band, and new form factors… Read More

  • A Steady Erosion Of Confidence In Government

    A Steady Erosion Of Confidence In Government

    Governments around the world are facing significant political turmoil and enormous economic stress as they struggle with an alarming and unprecedented array of public policy crises today. And – whether it’s the desperate water scarcity in Brazil, the darkness-inducing rural electricity shortfall in India, the precipitous financial meltdown in Russia, or the festering income… Read More

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