Should, Must and Apple’s Little Details

It was one of those lazy, almost warm San Francisco weekends, blue skies with high clouds adding just a dash of drama and contrast. I spent much of my two days sitting at home, reading my friend Elle Luna’s new book, The Crossroads of Should and Must. It is astonishing that what was a blog post…

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LinkedIn & Zynga & a tale of two hired guns

Sean Gourley, who cofounded Quid is one of my favorite people and we often catch up for a coffee and an unstructured conversations about virtually  anything, though often it is about data and its role in our contemporary lives. Yesterday, however we met to commiserate about the respective spankings our cricket teams received at the hands of Australia— he is a Kiwi. Both our teams had over achieved in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and most of it was due to successful leadership and a clear and precise game plan. New Zealand were all passion and aggression. India was logic…

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iCube: World’s Smallest Apple Computer?

If you need to chill out after reading all those Apple Watch reviews, let me show you this wonderful new, tiny and always-be-melting Apple Computer. Well, it isn’t really a computer — instead it is a perfectly cut ice cube and it was part of an advertising campaign for Japan’s Suntory Whisky. This “3D on the Rocks” ad campaign is the creation of TWBA\Hakuhodo, a Japanese advertising agency. 3drocks has won many advertising agency awards and features ice cubes designed by Autodesk 123 and carved by a computer controlled cutting machine. Whiskey just seems better with an iCube.

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Gigaom’s Culture of Context Lives On

If anything past few weeks have been a big lesson in humility, in understanding humanity and also a reaffirmation that random kindness of strangers far outweighs the preening and posturing of others. Some have written handwritten notes, others have emailed, many have tweeted and messaged, and others sent me messages on Facebook — saddened by the loss of my beloved, letting me know how much they will miss it, and at the same time reassuring me that it was something special. Of all the communiques, the kindest came from my philosopher-scientist friend Steve Crandall. He told me a story about stars: Stars are funny…

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Bubbles, Distortions & Startup Realities

There is a lot of talk about there being a bubble. There isn’t a bubble. There is a Series A funding crunch. There isn’t a Series A funding crunch. There are unicorns. There aren’t unicorns. There are too many growth rounds. There are too few growth rounds. It all depends on one’s disposition. A lot of this talk has been spurred on by the stats that were recently shared by investor data research firm Pitchbook. What do these charts show? Total number of deals in 2014 were almost flat/in-line compared to 2012 and 2013. However, total capital invested is way up…

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