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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:41:34 +0000


Allo & Goodbye

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:59:52 +0000

The standout part of this article is that the latest Google attempt to enter the messaging market, Allo, is dead. Despite being a Google product with full access to the Play store, it got mere 50 million downloads. It is yet another example of Google’s inability to get focused.  It struggles to simplify — which...

Is this the future of retail?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:53:41 +0000

The other big Seattle retailer, Nordstrom, that is, doesn’t think that retail is doomed. Instead, what it needs is a reinvention. And they are willing to spend tens of millions to create a store that takes the best of online and marries it to the best of offline retail. Will they be successful? I am...

Are Uber drivers entrepreneurs?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:35:43 +0000

Benchmark Capital’s Bill Gurley has been at the eye of the storm called Uber, that included cutting the cord with its lightning rod CEO Travis Kalanick, in a public manner. He also has been the service’s biggest champion. In this Uber-long (no pun intended) piece, he makes a case for Uber as a positive force...

Who am I buying this for?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:12:09 +0000

The brands themselves aren’t the problem, though: we all need some stuff, so we rely on brands to create the things we need. The problem arises when we feel external pressure to acquire as if new trinkets are a shortcut to a more complete life. That external pressure shouldn’t be a sign to consume. If...

What to read this weekend?

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:30:52 +0000

The Facebook Hearings have kept me distracted, and I wasn’t doing much other than keeping up with the torrent of news and hot takes. Not much was said, not much was done. No surprise, as I have written in the past. It was a great exercise in “how to read between the lines.” However, I...

Facebook’s Second Life

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 13:18:08 +0000

“Once it was clear how bad it was and how mismatched they were, everybody had this awakening: We have made some mistakes, but these guys know even less,” an anonymous executive told Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of Wired who reported on Facebook’s internal reaction to Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Washington D.C., which was (as...

[Photo] Foz By The Sea

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:45:38 +0000

Porto is one of my favorite cities, for two reasons: it is awesome, and also it is the hometown of True Ventures’ portfolio company, Veniam. As a board member, I end up visiting the city quite often. I walk down from my hotel (which is usually near the Veniam offices) along the River Duoro, all...

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to DC

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:32:48 +0000

Facebook (and to a large extent big tech) will find itself under the microscope this week, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of the U.S. legislators. Whether it is Facebook or Amazon or Google, the world at large sees technology companies out of sync with reality, and somewhat shying away from their responsibilities. For past...

[PhotoSet] Some portraits of friends made with film

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 13:30:57 +0000

My friends tell me that the path to digital photographic nirvana is paved by celluloid — aka film. Well, here I am playing around with film. I used Konica Big Mini, a point-and-shoot camera for these photos. The goal is to get to a point where I can use to capture moments and portraits with...

Design’s grand opportunity to change everything

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 02:29:58 +0000

Minimalissimo has a wonderful interview with uber-designer Karim Rashid. His definition of design and what it can achieve resonated with me. Humans touch an average of 600 objects a day and the potential for them to help us or bring us joy is huge! The big challenge of design is to create something that, although...