Let me introduce you to Chris Young, a rare combination of inventor, entrepreneur and chef. He is the co-author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cookingand the co-founder of ChefSteps, a Seattle-based company that invents appliances and develops cooking methodologies befitting the postindustrial society. ChefSteps recently introduced Joule, a small and easy-to-use sous vide tool, the first of many of the products planned by Young and his team of over 50 chefs, scientists, photographers, writers and engineers.
Check out this new newsletter called Lean Luxe, which bills itself as “The Economist meets Quartz” and showscases upstart brands. Paul Mumford explains why he started the newsletter in welcome message. It is worth a look if you are interested in fashion and emergent luxury goods.
Jude Fulton is the co-founder of MakeTrays.com, a new way of creating mood boards, especially for those who are interested in interior design, or shopping for furniture for their homes. She has big plans for her San Francisco-based company, so stay tuned. I first met her through my friends at Front Cafe, who forwarded me her amazing photos for a feature I was working on at the time.
Thoughts on PokemonGo from my True VC partner, Jon Callaghan:
This is the new interface and experience for so many applications, and my prediction is we will soon see augmented/mixed-reality boom in simple ways. The proliferation and power of the smartphone puts augmented reality in the hands of billions, instantly.
My latest column for The New Yorker:
Put aside the sudden revival of our interest in Pokémon and consider what this spurt tells us about the future of software and the nature of reality—and how they integrate into what we think of as entertainment.