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38 Posts


Nostalgia & McLuhan's Tetrad
March 26, 2019
An exploration of the impact of technology on culture and society, using McLuhan's Tetrad as a framework.
Information Fiduciaries
April 09, 2018
The concept of information fiduciaries as a solution to Facebook's privacy issues.
Brand Management: Past, Present, and Future
February 13, 2015
A two-part series discussing the history of brand management and the need for a new system of record for marketing.
Is it or isn't it?
December 23, 2014
Different perspectives on the impact of technology on society and the workforce.
Unanticipated Effects
December 22, 2014
The printing press had unanticipated effects, leading to a surge in demand for spectacles and contributing to the scientific revolution.
Thinking About Strategy (Part 1): What is Strategy?
December 18, 2014
Exploring the definition and tools of strategy in marketing.
Building Products
December 17, 2014
How to build great products by focusing on intuition and understanding users.
Building Products
December 17, 2014
How to build great products by focusing on intuition and understanding users.
Tech plus Culture
December 09, 2014
A comparison of Google and Facebook's approach to addressing global internet access.
The Knowledge, Cabbies, and Nostalgia
December 03, 2014
The struggle between nostalgia and technology, illustrated by the conflict between London cabbies and Uber.
Responsive Systems
November 21, 2014
An Algorithm for the Economy
November 20, 2014
Exploring the algorithm for how technology forms the economy.
Computers versus People
November 19, 2014
Nate Silver's take on the strengths of computers and humans in chess.
Silver Bullets
January 30, 2014
Andy Grove's concept of strategic inflection points and competition as explained in a 1998 speech.
Revisiting Stock & Flow
January 29, 2014
A revisit to the concept of Stock and Flow in the digital world.
Harbinger of Things to Come
January 01, 2014
Paul Krugman's perspective on Bitcoin and its significance as a technical achievement.
Technology Advances Backwards
August 05, 2013
Umberto Eco's observation on how technology now advances backwards.
Turning Your Router Off for 10 Seconds
July 22, 2013
The reason you should turn your router off for 10 seconds.
Technology Still Isn't Ruining Anything
July 15, 2013
A discussion on how technology isn't ruining everything it's claimed to be ruining.
Experimenting on Input & Output
January 27, 2013
The magic of experimenting with new technology and API outputs, as seen with Vinepeek.
Unintended Consequences
January 16, 2013
A man's house becomes a default GPS coordinate for lost Sprint phones, leading people to demand their phones back.
Nespresso vs. Espresso
January 13, 2013
A blind coffee taste test of hand-made espresso versus Nespresso machine raises questions about the future of artisan coffee.
The Consequences of Time
January 10, 2013
The social consequences of the clock's invention and its impact on technology.
Idiots & Taking the Long View
January 07, 2013
Daniel Mendelsohn discusses the cultural critic's role in the age of technology and the enduring significance of Marshall McLuhan's individual-focused perspective.
It's All Robots
January 01, 2013
Kevin Kelly's article explores the impact of robots on the job market and our ability to invent new roles as automation takes over old tasks.
Technology or Gesture?
September 02, 2012
Douglas Rushkoff explores the implications of patenting human gestures in the Apple-Samsung battle.
The Value of Argument
March 29, 2012
The importance of a co-founder you can argue productively with.
The Paths of Picle
March 28, 2012
Exploring the future of the Picle app and the paths it can take.
Gendered Tech
March 01, 2012
The unequal distribution of technology across gender lines.
Software and Millennial Entitlement
February 12, 2012
The impact of millennial entitlement on enterprise software design.
Tech that Sucks at Tech Companies
January 30, 2012
Challenges with technology at big tech companies.
What Went Wrong
January 28, 2012
Real stories from entrepreneurs about the failures of their startups.
Building Products
January 25, 2012
Adapting product development processes when moving to an API-based system.
Startup Ducks Immigration Law With 'Googleplex of the Sea' | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
December 14, 2011
A startup is bypassing immigration law by creating a floating village in international waters.
Looking Back at Segway
December 03, 2011
A look back at the hype and coverage of the Segway ten years ago.
Apple Operations
November 05, 2011
Insight into Apple's operational prowess and attention to detail.
November 03, 2011
Square's Card Case uses geofencing technology to allow for easy payments at stores.
Conductive Gloves
October 31, 2011
Muji gloves with a conductive finger for touchscreen technology and a reflection on the smartphone market's evolution.
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