Pico Shorts: Mark Cho

I’d like to introduce you to my new Pi.co shorts series, where I sit down with voracious readers to chat about their reading and information consumption habits in today’s world. My first interview in this series is with Mark Cho, a menswear industry entrepreneur who splits his time between London, New York and Hong Kong and is one of my favorite people to talk to about everything from art to food and obviously fashion. Among other topics, we discuss social sharing, essential blogs and publications and the ritual of reading a book. I enjoyed my conversation with Mark, and hopefully you will too.

Fake news is here to stay…

I tweeted this earlier: So Forbes published a story based on a fake police report. Amazon vehemently denied an AdAge report. But the original stories spread like wildfire because it was what the narrative masses wanted to read. The apologies, corrections and errors never get the same amplification, and as a result, the incorrect information stays in our mind.

This is the real dilemma of Fake News and why the virus isn’t going away, thanks to our modern swift distribution platforms. I still think Snapchat can play a role here, as it is one network built on identity and real engagement.

Too bad that they focus so much on content and don’t appreciate their own platform’s power.

Random Notes from a Rainy Wednesday

It has been almost two months since I quit visiting Facebook. I still post photos from my Instagram and occasional notes via Buffer, but if there is anything I miss it is publishing random musings, which are too small for a blog post and too long to be a tweet.

A friend suggested, why don’t you collect all your thoughts and post it as a blog post? And today seemed like a perfect day to start doing this. It is a little grey, rainy and chilly in San Francisco — and for once I have just two meetings during the working day. I have made my favorite tea, and I am sitting in my apartment — just musing about various things.

Tuscany on Film

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My most recent trip to Tuscany was a first of sorts. I took along a film camera and some film to understand why everyone makes such a fuss about film photography. With my Konica Hexar AF camera, I knew at least I would at least get the photos right. In addition to my digital photos, I used up four film rolls, shooting at the same time and locations where I was also using my Leica SL camera.

Meet my new link blog

Back in the day, I used to publish the Daily Om as a way to collect, collate and share some of the best stuff about our industry that I read on the Internet. Given that we were all suffering from the post-bubble hangover, there was a paucity of good articles worth reading. It made perfect sense to find and share them with a larger audience.

Fast forward 16 years and we now have a different problem: There is just way too much stuff being written about technology. Unfortunately, most of the writing that dominates our attention and the social space is bad behavior, scandals, fundraising and valuations. It is actually less about technology, its innovations and its business. It’s not that people aren’t covering those things — it’s just that it’s getting buried in the general narrative around the industry being bad actors.

So, I thought, why not start another blog where I link to evergreen articles that I find are worth reading and are focused on technology and its business? Why not create a place where anyone who’s curious can find smart writing, great analysis and insights on new technological breakthroughs? It is not about sharing too many pieces but sharing the right kind of pieces — ones that I have read and about which I have something to say.

I want to share articles that actually take today’s news and make sense of it, such as Stacey’s analysis of Broadcom’s $103 billion offer for Qualcomm. Tomorrow it could very well be share links to podcast episodes, video interviews, documentaries or just data graphics that take you to a different place and enrich your mind.

How do you get these links? Well, if you follow me on Twitter, Linkedin or Facebook, then you don’t have to do anything. If you want to visit the website, check out Om.blog. Since I am on WordPress, you can also follow the site or get alerts about new posts. I am always open to reading good stuff — so go ahead and send it along — just be discerning and don’t waste my time with news blurbs.

November 7, 2017, San Francisco