Opinion

  • Dear tech dudes, stop being so dumb about women

    Dear tech dudes, stop being so dumb about women

    I want to talk about a relatively little-discussed aspect of the venture-capitalist sexual-harassment revelations that have rocked the Valley of late. In their wake, I have seen, first- and secondhand, men react with statements which can be collectively paraphrased as “Now I’m nervous about hiring women / investing in women / being alone in a room with a woman, what do I… Read More

  • Death to C, ++

    Death to C, ++

    The C programming language is terrible. I mean, magnificent, too. Much of the world in which we live was built atop C. It is foundational to almost all computer programming, both historically and practically; there’s a reason that the curriculum for Xavier Niel’s revolutionary “42” schools begins with students learning how to rewrite standard C library functions… Read More

  • A people-first view of investing in innovation or entrepreneurs who take people for granted will fail Crunch Network

    A people-first view of investing in innovation or entrepreneurs who take people for granted will fail

    I have long been fascinated by the promise of the world of autonomous transport. However, as the conversation at a recent event turned to the complexities that autonomous cars might introduce to the urban thoroughfare, I had an insight: We need to think of people not just as consumers but collectively as the society that shapes technology just as much as technology shapes society. Read More

  • Facebook’s Messenger ads are bad and must be destroyed

    Facebook’s Messenger ads are bad and must be destroyed

    When Facebook removed messages from the main app, I swore I would never download Messenger. That’s been a pretty easy promise to keep, especially since they introduced the idea of huge ads that take up half your screen while you try to use the service. Today Facebook redesigned them as part of a larger rollout — but fixed none of the reasons these ads are bad and should be destroyed. Read More

  • Why so costly?

    Why so costly?

    Technology makes things better. Not morally, of course: military technology kills and maims people more efficiently, surveillance technology invades privacy more pervasively, and so forth. But improved technology leads to more output from less input for any system. Almost a tautology, right? I mean, that’s the whole point. So why, in our technology-laced world, do certain domains… Read More

  • Tech’s term sheets of harassment Crunch Network

    Tech’s term sheets of harassment

    It’s important that we acknowledge that the type of behavior we are reading, talking and tweeting about has been enabled. Read More

  • The need for industry-wide investor/founder sexual harassment policy

    The need for industry-wide investor/founder sexual harassment policy

    Startup founders deserve formal protection from sexual harassment by investors. Yet despite the clear power imbalance between these groups, traditional harassment law does not adequately shield founders because they are not technically employees of the venture capitalists. To fill this gap, VC firms should adopt formal investor/founder sexual harassment policies that can be enforced. Read More

  • A template for investor/founder sexual harassment policy

    A template for investor/founder sexual harassment policy

    Venture capitalists need to adopt formal policies to protect startup founders from sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination throughout the fundraising process. The policy template below was created to facilitate the creation of comprehensive, enforceable investor/founder sexual harassment policies. It also seeks to lower the barrier so more people can courageously speak up against… Read More

  • Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of lulz

    Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of lulz

    Well, why not? I mean, you know, what the hell. Dave Aitel’s proposal over at The Hill for “a cyber investigatory setup funded by private industry” to react to hacks into the American government may not be a good idea, per se, but who can afford that kind of cost-benefit analysis when we’re already in the throes of de-facto high-seas Internet warfare? Let’s just… Read More

  • The Uber and the frog

    The Uber and the frog

    How the mighty are fallen. Travis Kalanick is out, and Uber has become something of a headless horseman, with no current CEO, COO, CFO, CMO, VP of Engineering, or general counsel. Its alleged valuation has fallen by $18 billion and counting. How did this happen? Or maybe a better question is: how could this not have happened? It really wasn’t so long ago, believe it or not, that Uber… Read More

  • How to kill a golden age

    How to kill a golden age

    So I was sitting in the Theatre of Salt in Florence with my friend Jo discussing golden ages, as one inevitably does when in Florence — it having been the birthplace of that most famous and most consequential of all golden ages, the Renaissance — and I found myself speculating that Silicon Valley’s own ongoing golden age is at real risk of ending soon. I don’t think… Read More

  • The new new things that weren’t

    The new new things that weren’t

    We’re always looking for the New New Thing in tech, since long before Michael Lewis coined the phrase. Often we are entirely too successful. There are so many New New Things — and so many of them fall from the sky like burned-out flares soon enough, to further litter the graveyard of Old New Things. Can we learn from them? Probably. Will we learn from them? Probably not. But… Read More

  • Technologists in the era of Trump Crunch Network

    Technologists in the era of Trump

    If innovation is the religion of the technology industry, then industriousness is the religion for the rest of America’s workforce. Read More

  • Facebook is broken

    Facebook is broken

    The problem is this: Facebook has become a feedback loop which can and does, despite its best intentions, become a vicious spiral. At Facebook’s scale, behavioral targeting doesn’t just reflect our behavior, it actually influences it. Over time, a service which was supposed to connect humanity is actually partitioning us into fractal disconnected bubbles. The way Facebook’s… Read More

  • How to create the most value for the next technology wave Crunch Network

    How to create the most value for the next technology wave

    Major technology platforms shift every 10-15 years, with new platforms building on the ones they preceded. We’re due for the next major technology platform shift, and artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality are those next platforms. So how do you maximize value creation for the next wave? Read More

  • This Memorial Day don’t remember; just celebrate Crunch Network

    This Memorial Day don’t remember; just celebrate

    This Memorial Day I propose that you not spend time in over-adulation and recognition of those who serve or have served. Rather, this Memorial Day you can honor their memory, service and sacrifices by living the best possible life you can… that you create, you inspire, you love, you care and you celebrate. This call to thrive is ultimately what soldiers seek to protect and defend. Read More

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