Opinion

Here comes the sun

Let’s talk about the side effects of the creeping apotheosis of solar power. I mean, don’t get me wrong, we’re a ways away yet — but we’re definitely heading in that dire

The insight-industrial complex

I don’t like tech conferences. I mean, of course I don’t, they’re not meant for people like me. I’m an introvert, so I find them exhausting, and am (presumably) less likely tha

Sex, the final frontier: Cindy Gallop raises $2M from mysterious investor for social sex tech

“Everything’s a battle,” Cindy Gallop sighs, although it’s clear she relishes those battles. What she means is that the entire Internet has long been divided into two separate,

Everyone hates us, and it’s not because of our sex parties

It was, briefly, the zeitgeist’s perfect Silicon Valley story: a sex-and-drugs party hosted hosted by since-ousted top-tier VC Steve Jurvetson, at an official Draper Fisher Jurvetson event,atten

The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going

I've been going to CES for almost ten years now, and it amazes me that really, nothing has changed. The same people are saying the same things on the same stages, selling the same people the same junk

Forget the Alexa-powered toasters at CES, these innovations will really shape 2018

This year, as CES rolls out troves of new Alexa-enabled toasters, mirrors and even shower heads, the gathering has become just another symbol of Silicon Valley’s disconnect with the needs of everyda

The cryptocurrency bubble is strangling innovation

Sure, fine, maybe it’s a bubble. OK it’s definitely a bubble, but that’s a good thing, a bubble brings attention and investment in infrastructure, which breeds real innovation. Right

It’s the Jons 2017!

Happy New Year! It’s been a transformational year in tech. The golden era of startups ended. Sorry about that. The tech industry finally rolled over a big rock it had ignored and/or leaned on fo

Facebook’s ‘comment a memory’ meme should replace ‘HBD!’

I find it truly sad the way Facebook has led us to reduce wishing friends a happy birthday to a meaningless, generic chore. It's not Facebook's fault. It gives us an open-ended comment box. But our la

Ted Chiang is a genius, but he’s wrong about Silicon Valley

Ted Chiang isn’t just one of the greatest science-fiction writers alive — he’s one of the greatest writers alive full stop. Which is why I was so saddened and disappointed by his rec

The Last Jedi should be the last Star Wars film

At the risk of being ostracized by the vast majority of my TC teammates, let me propose that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would -- in a fairer universe -- be the last Star Wars film... (Spoiler alerts!)

ICO-lateral damage

The ICO regulators are here, and they’re carrying big sticks. (PDF) “Coins or other digital assets issued on a blockchain may be securities under the federal securities laws… tokens

The difference between good and bad Facebooking

"Social media" is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It's a double-edged sword whose sides aren't properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we c

To fix SoundCloud, it must become the anti-Spotify

Startups die by suicide, not competition. It wasn't that anyone was stealing SoundCloud's underground rappers, bedroom remixers and garage bands. SoundCloud stumbled because it neglected these hardco

Is Trump a Twitter addict?

The president of the United States cannot seem to stop tweeting. Despite stern advice from his advisors and opprobrium from the world, not a day goes by that POTUS doesn’t escalate some tension in 

The Flying Eye and you and I

It’s refreshing, in this difficult time, when technology and the tech industry seem trapped in a quicksand of endless ethical compromises and disconcerting emergent properties, to come across so

The loss of first check investors

Victor Basta hit a nerve with his article on TechCrunch last week describing the “implosion” of venture capital over the past 36 months. Using PitchBook data, he found that the total number of VC

Metascarcity and Bitcoin’s future

The problem with writing about Bitcoin is that the subject has become so emotional. The very name inspires triumph, greed, resentment, or fury. Triumph from those handful of hodlers (yes, really) who

In praise of Tesla’s bankruptcy

You know everybody loves Tesla -the-company. But did you know that a whole lot of smart people hate Tesla-the-business? “From a return-on-investment-capital standpoint, Tesla is a catastrophe.&#

Cultural accumulation vs. cultural decay

Don’t worry; I’m not getting all moralistic on you here. When I talk about cultural decay I’m talking about something I think we need more of. We have too much culture to have a cult
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