Shoes vs Smartphones

Why San Francisco is not New York, an article by Nick Bilton for the New York Times in response to somewhat (expectedly) meh feature (Is San Francisco New York?) by a magazine called New York, created a lot of buzz and chatter in the twitter sphere. Emily Chang talked about it on her show. I somehow missed all the hoopla, being busy with Structure Data, in New York. Having lived in both places for roughly equal amount of time, I can say that whole SF/New York debate is result of magazine editors having as much imagination as taste of a boiled pea. 

NikeShoeLine

The difference between two cities was made obvious when I walked past a Nike store in Soho, where I say a lot of people lined up to buy limited edition sneakers that are result of a design collaboration between Nike and Givenchy designer, Italian born Riccardo Tisci. I know there are a lot sneaker-fans in San Francisco Bay Area, but I don’t see lines outside stores as often. On the other hand  I have often encountered “Standing in Queues for Sneakers” phenomena in the Big Apple. Back in SF we line up for new iPhones. 

Riccardo Tisci x Nike Air Force 1 Collection 3

Nike x riccardo tisci nike r t air force one1

iOS 7.1 & its impact on networks

Craig Labovitz, founder & CEO of network management services provider Deepfield knowing my interest in all things Apple shared this graphic about the impact of the release of iOS 7.1 (that runs on Apple’s iDevices) on the networks. He pointed out that this traffic includes bits from Apple data centers as well as all the Apple traffic on Akamai and Level3 CDN. And ditto for the other services. As Craig said, the released “crushed some networks.”

Go Native Ad Man (With Caution)

My latest column for FastCompany (April 2014 issue) is up on the magazine’s website, where in argue that despite claims from high-velocity publishers like BuzzFeed, the whole native advertising model will work only for big social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and definitely for Twitter. The native advertising has emerged as a reaction to the lack of engagement of readers with traditional content and traditional advertising models, as argued by ChartBeat CEO Tony Halle in this guest piece for Time magazine. I outline my reasons as to why “native” will become no different than a banner and folks are going to develop a blind eye soon enough. Anyway read the whole thing if you have a few minutes.

What I am reading today

What I am reading today

Talking Tech w/Bloomberg West

I visited Emily Chang and Cory Johnson of Bloomberg West for a chat this morning about everything from my transition from a newshound to a venture capitalist. We talked about the tech environment, valuations and of course the wonderful world of publishing. And more importantly, I had a chance to play wingman to Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg and one of my favorite people. Here are links to the video. Part 1 & Part 2.

Memoirs

I asked a bunch of my friends on Facebook for recommendations of some memoirs that would make great reading. The responses poured in and here is the final list. I will continue to update it as I get more recommendations. Unless noted, they all got one recommendation. I have listed total recommendations a book received. Hope you find it useful too.

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