Cockroaches, Unicorns, Startups. Enough Already!

An article on the UK-version of BusinessInsider got me a little worked up and I made a post on my Facebook page. An intense conversation followed and Dave Winer suggested that this would make a good blog post. He was right – as always! “Everything is about resiliency now to weather the storm,” says Tim McSweeney, a director at technology-focused merchant bank Restoration Partners. “Unicorn, it’s a mythical beast, whereas a cockroach, it can survive a nuclear war.” I was annoyed by this comment mostly because I get really annoyed by these dumb labels that are put on startups. I hated the…

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Photograph everything, See nothing

This is my latest piece for the New Yorker where in I discuss the end of desktop driven photography and rise of the AI and automation and what it means for our ever shifting visual aesthetic. [The New Yorker]

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7 Stories to read this weekend (04.02.2016)

I took a week off from the rigors of the Internet. I went to see my parents in India. With exception of some Snapchats and Facebook posts, I was generally off the grid and spending time with the loved ones. However, since coming back, I have been voraciously reading on the new iPad Pro (the 9.7 inch version) which Apple sent me to take a closer look. All that reading has resulted in these seven recommendations. I hope you get a chance to read them. The Abstractionist: A profile of celebrated architect Zaha Hadid in the New Yorker is perhaps…

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Not a Tidal wave

The smartest (business) man in hip hop, Jay Z, says Schibsted ASA, a Norwegian media group that sold him Tidal Music service (a year ago for $56 million) had inflated subscriber numbers and were disingenous when they sold him the company. So he is suing them and wants to be compensated for the damages caused by their lies. Regardless of who you believe, the question that we should be asking: What kind of due diligence was done before Jay Z bought Tidal? Or was he (and his business group) so blinded by the opportunity to make quick cash that he overlooked the details? To me, Tidal was nothing but a…

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Pros

Last night I was sitting in the Emirates lounge at the New Delhi Airport minding my own business. It was so empty that it was spooky. A half hour later few people walked in. One of them was a former Indian coach. I forget his name but I have seen him on television. Then along came a guy who looked even more familiar – former Australian batsmen (hitter in baseball speak) David Boon. I am a huge fan and even have a bobble head doll of the short, tubby and tough player from Tasmania with a walrus mustache. I snuck…

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