Culture

  • The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

    The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

    Silicon Valley, at its best, is a kind of insurgency. Most of the world is ruled by dinosaur bureaucrats; but as software eats the world, Valley misfits and iconoclasts, armed with razor-edge tech and contempt for the status quo, overthrow those antediluvian empires and build better ones, which light the path to a brighter tomorrow for us all… or that’s the story we tell ourselves. Read More

  • A Mash Note To George Lucas’ Museum, Signed By M.C. Hammer (And Tech Leaders, Too)

    A Mash Note To George Lucas’ Museum, Signed By M.C. Hammer (And Tech Leaders, Too)

    In an effort to keep the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in San Francisco (and out of Chicago), advocacy group sf.citi (San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation) will publish a full page ad in the SF Chronicle tomorrow, which also happens to be the day after Lucas’ 70th birthday. Read More

  • Want To See Pictures Of Twitter’s Office Visitors? Meet @Twisitor

    Want To See Pictures Of Twitter’s Office Visitors? Meet @Twisitor

    There are Twitter accounts for almost everything these days. Some people I know have accounts set up for their pets, then there are toasters, beds, drones and so on. The company itself has a fun account called @Twisitor, which was a project built during one of Twitter’s quarterly hackweeks. There’s a camera in the lobby of Twitter’s new San Francisco office and it will snap… Read More

  • Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh| Foundation

    Foundation: Tony Hsieh On Building A Great Company Culture

    In this new episode of my Foundation video series, I talk with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh about entrepreneurship, fostering corporate culture, and his latest project to fuel a thriving tech community in Las Vegas. Read More

  • Backed By $1.4M From Celebrity Investors, Qloo Launches A Netflix-Style Discovery Engine For Culture

    Backed By $1.4M From Celebrity Investors, Qloo Launches A Netflix-Style Discovery Engine For Culture

    As the Web evolves and hundreds of sites collect data every day on who we are and what we love to do, personalization has become fundamental to user experience to help users find signal amidst the noise. Some companies utilize our social graph to provide recommendations from the people we trust, while others mine Big Data, incoming data from APIs and more. The problem, however, is that… Read More

  • Steve Jobs, Pop Artist

    Steve Jobs, Pop Artist

    Many have said that Apple lovers are a cult and the late Steve Jobs was its cult leader. No rational person, they say, would pay that much for a tablet or a laptop or a mouse when the alternatives were so much better and cheaper. I would argue, however, that this outpouring of grief and emotion and reflection shows Apple as less a cult than a producer of pop culture. Pop culture is… Read More

  • Buy This Movie Or Legally Download It For Free: Your Call

    Buy This Movie Or Legally Download It For Free: Your Call

    PressPausePlay, an award-winning documentary about our new digital culture, premiered at SXSW earlier this year. It is playing at film festivals and you can buy it on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital pay sites. If you don’t want to pay for it, you can now download it via a torrent for free. This free option was essential to the filmmakers. As Seth Godin says in the film, ideas that… Read More

  • Will anybody give a damn about your burnt DVDs 1000 years in the future?

    A Utah company claims to have developed a DVD that will last 1,000 years under normal, everyday conditions. (You don’t have to be a professional archivist, in other words.) And while that’s an impressive achievement, if it is indeed true, there’s one small problem: what are the odds that, 1,000 years from now, Future People will derive any value at all from said discs? Read More

  • Star Wars or Star Trek?

    Once and for all: Star Wars or Star Trek? Read More

  • Wired magazine is not for geeks anymore

    After reading an article about Wired Magazine in the New York Times, I realized why I stopped reading it a few years ago. During the late 90’s new Geek and Tech Magazines were popping up like weeds in a garden. Then the dot com era came to an end, and so did most of the magazines. Magazines like The Industry Standard, Red Herring, Business 2.0, eCompany Now all went down the digital… Read More