Happy birthday Matt Mullenweg, spark plug of the WordPress movement. We met a long time ago when WordPress had a handful of users, I switched and in the process found myself a best friend. It is great to see him grow from a gangly teenager to a confident young man who has made an impact … Continue reading Happy Birthday Matt
Anyone who has been coming around here knows that I have a deep affection for watches and timepieces. And to keep up with the watch world, I visit Hodinkee, a must read watch blog as far as I am concerned. Ben Clymer, the guy behind the site has become a friend and it is good … Continue reading Nice Going Ben & Hodinkee
The other night at dinner a friend (a heavyweight in the tech industry) made an astute observation when he said that red-hot Snapchat and totally flopped Airtime are two faces of the same coin, aka Chatroulette, the Internet sensation that allowed strangers to randomly connect via video and was well known for frequent appearance of … Continue reading Airtime vs SnapChat vs Chatroulette
Emily Chang, the hardest working television host in technology business is back from her maternity leave. The new mom who hosts the Bloomberg West Show invited me to come and talk about Microsoft’s challenges and my love of Instagram, which remains undiminished despite the recent controversy over its terms of services. It was a fun … Continue reading Microsoft’s distorted reality
When you think of high-quality, high-end shoes for men, you think of shoes made in England or Italy, thanks in part to brands such as Alfred Sargent, Trickers, Loakes, Santoni and Bontoni. French brands don’t get that much mindshare, even though the French shoemakers hold their own against their European peers.
The venerable John Lobb brand is owned by Hermes, but there is more to French shoes than Lobb. J. M. Weston, for instance makes great loafers and is preferred shoe of choice for many French politicians. There is Berluti, the Bentley of shoes, that has its roots both in Italy and France. There is Marc Guyot, an artist among shoemakers. Other names Aubercy, another high-end bookmaker. However, I have been a big fan of the creations of Pierre Corthay, who along with his brother Christophe head up his Paris-based shoe company, Corthay.