My Tablet Has Stickers

When I received my new 9.7” iPad Pro I decided to break tablet tradition and personalize it with stickers, just as I’ve done on laptops (and my Surfaces) for years. I did so because I began with the mindset that this iPad would replace my laptop(s) for full time use (here laptop means my Surface(s), Yoga, MacBook, and desktops). It has been almost a month and that is exactly what happened. My sticker investment paid off. I don’t feel like I’m forcing myself into this mode of working, but... Read more →

5 Ways to Become a Better Thinker

  Colleges and universities don’t offer courses in thinking, although it is arguably the most valuable skill anyone can master. When people try to improve mentally, they might aim at increasing their IQ or gain a larger vocabulary. It’s disputed whether anyone’s intelligence can be meaningfully increased, but there is so much else that can be improved if you stand back and approach thinking per se as a skill.   Here are five tips that will improve almost anyone’s... Read more →

Isn’t it about time your analytics told you something about your audience?

Show of hands: How many of you with a blog or a website got to the part where you had to set up all of your tracking and analytics and got really, really excited? Yeah, me neither. For many of us, learning how to navigate Google Analytics, figuring out how to place a code snippet on a page and writing the perfect tracking URLs isn’t something that comes easily. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to read through 159 million different advice articles on how to set up — then... Read more →

My Lunch With Ev and the Birth of New Media

In the early days of the first Internet boom, I showed up at Ev Williams’ office to take him out to lunch. When I opened the door, I found Ev behind a stack of books on coding everything from Java to HTML. By that time, Evan was the last employee at Blogger, a company that was both at forefront of the blogging revolution, and on the edge of its own demise. Evan wasn’t one of the engineers who created this version of the service. They were all gone by then. So every time something on the site... Read more →

How To Build A Unicorn From Scratch – And Walk Away With Nothing

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner at DFJ Venture, who discussed her important article, “How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch – and Walk Away with Nothing,” and imparted crucial lessons to entrepreneurs on how to look at terms in a venture financing situation. You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here: Free-U As for the pitches, first up, K. Raviteja from Hyderabad, India, pitched Free-U, a marketplace for financing. The concept... Read more →

Master the Four Styles of Resonant Leadership

When champion golfer Rory McIlroy steps up to hit the ball down the fairway, he doesn’t use his putter. He chooses a club that will give the ball the power and distance he needs. If that shot goes astray into a sand trap, Rory’s wedge will punch the ball up onto the green. Then, he’ll pull the putter out of his bag to finesse the final shot into the hole. What do golf clubs have to do with leadership? The mark of an effective professional in any field is that they know how to skillfully use... Read more →

Let us not allow them to shame us

No matter how you look at it, the Agreement between the European Union and Turkey on a joint action plan to address the migration crisis, and send back Syrian refugees, is a disgrace. It will go down in history at best as a temporary cowardice of the EU, at worst as the start of the moral meltdown for all Europeans, and will be followed by the demise of the European Union. A priori, this agreement is clever, because it may lead refugees to prefer not to go ahead with their trip, that would only... Read more →

Eliminating Big Bank Notes

Larry Summers jumped into the debate on the future of high denomination notes such as the €500 note and the $100 bill with a typically powerful blog This prompted some reactions to which Larry and I responded             Read more →

Technology and the growing economic divide

Yelp Eat24 customer-support representative Talia Jane recently wrote a heart-wrenching blog about the difficulties she faced in living on her meager salary. “So here I am, 25 years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week”, she wrote.  Her situation was so dire that, on one occasion, she could not even come up with the train fare to work.  She lived on the junk food that they provide at work. Her message was... Read more →
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