San Francisco was a very bleak place in the aftermath of the dot.com meltdown that began in the spring of 2000. Every single day of that summer I woke up to the news of more layoffs, more shutdowns, and a general sense of despondency which only got worse when the tragic morning of September 11, … Continue reading Why every tech downturn has a silver lining
Disruptions, downturns, and recessions make the weak weaker and the strong stronger. It was true centuries ago, and it is true today. The 2001 downturn turned telecom and cable giants into the Internet’s gatekeepers. Microsoft emerged victorious with its Internet Explorer. During the 2008 financial crisis, when cash was king, the big banks — JP … Continue reading The inevitable has happened.
Whenever I am anxious, I have trouble sleeping. I find myself tossing, turning, and waking up in the middle of the night just to sit and stare into the dark. Over the holidays, I had one of those phases again. I felt nervous and worried — specifically, about my parents, who live in Delhi. My … Continue reading FaceTime with Tech’s Dual Reality
This past weekend, just before everything slowed down for Thanksgiving, I got a chance to reflect on my photographic journey. While it is easy to quantify the technological and social success of a craft such as photography, it is much harder for us to ask what the emotional impact is of creativity and creation. When … Continue reading A frame of mind
After some quick and intense travels, it is nice to be back in my apartment, where the noise levels are minimal, the bandwidth is blazing fast, and I have time and space to organize my thoughts. For the past ten days (the entirety of my trip), I have been thinking about our increasingly complex and … Continue reading Big Tech & people: a complicated relationship of convenience