The New Year has a two-day stubble. I am looking forward to a new year — hopeful about what is to come — though my wish list includes more technological breakthroughs that make networks faster and smarter. I am hopeful for breakthroughs that help chips get smarter, smaller and less power hungry. And even more importantly, I am looking forward to new ideas that finally reshape batteries that power our increasingly digital world. It would be good to focus the much needed spotlight on “tech” in the tech-business.
On a professional front — now that I am a full-time investor — I am earnestly looking for interesting ideas — that go beyond the consumer desire and instead focus on the underbelly of our technology infrastructure. Can we make our networks smarter, be it through hardware or software? What about the next generation cloud infrastructure for an algorithmically powered future? The opportunities abound, both as an enthusiast and also as a professional.
On a personal front, I am looking forward to writing often — though I am going to stay away from media-style pieces and tying myself to a schedule. There is a design modification underway, mostly to reflect this new approach to writing. More essays and hopefully, a semi-regularly written journal full of ideas and observations about interesting people I meet on a daily basis. And some recommendations too — for instance, I think if you are in San Francisco and are craving some Jewish deli-style food, you should check out the Rye Project, the newest establishment started by the folks behind the DeliBoard sandwich shop. 7th Street is becoming interesting!
Talking about interesting — I just published the fourth in my series of conversations for my new project, Pi.co! I had a chat with Frank Clegg, a bag maker of some reknown about technology, social media and what quality means in society that is getting faster and faster. We also talked about the state of American manufacturing and the copycat culture. If you value craftsmanship, artisans and traditions, then Clegg is a guy you want to know about. Did you know President Obama is one of his customers? (link)
January 2, 2015/ San Francisco