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Alexandra Samuel

Technology writer, researcher and speaker

Last Build Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2018 00:59:21 +0000


8 tech essentials for your next business trip

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 02:52:22 +0000

What do you need in your carry-on? This follow-up to my Wall Street Journal article offers a list of tech products that will make your next trip easier.

Silicon Valley Needs to Change How It Treats Working Mothers

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:35:35 +0000

This reported piece for The Verge looks at the other side of Silicon Valley's push to address the tech gender gap: creating mid-career on-ramps that keep women in the industry after they have kids.

The World’s Most Influential CMOs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:55:36 +0000

How do you identify the world's 50 most influential CMOs? As the data journalist for this report from Forbes, Sprinklr and LinkedIn, I developed the research methodology, did the data analysis and wrote this year's definitive report on what makes a winning CMO.

Star Trek Voyager: 18 episodes to watch with kids

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 05:40:14 +0000

  If you’re introducing your kids to Star Trek, you might be tempted to start with the original series, or with The Next Generation. But our rigorous family testing shows that the original series is just too damn old and slow for kids these days, and TNG suffers from the fact that it doesn’t get good […]

12 ways to use Yelp as a writing and service platform

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:23:31 +0000

I have to make a confession. Yes, I have a blog, both here and on Medium. Yes, I write for a living, which means I get to work with awesome editors at a few different outlets. And yes, I’ve been known to write long-winded Facebook updates that cross over the invisible line between update and […]

Vancouver residents get a taste of the future

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:56:51 +0000

This playful story about Vancouver's role as the world's sci-fi capital was backed up with numbers and graphics: a data set I developed myself, showing where supernatural productions are filmed, and a map of top Vancouver locations.

How to create short link stickers for your best content

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:22:27 +0000

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, I share my favorite hacks for getting more out of conferences — including the trick of making stickers that let me add a short link to my business cards. I love my short link stickers because they give me an immediate way of following up on a conversation. Giving someone a […]

How Email destroyed the world

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:48:04 +0000

I spent the last day of Western Civilization addressing the very phenomenon that caused our collective downfall: email. On November 8th—Election Day—I spent six hours in a rented studio in Manhattan, taping a new class for Skillshare. Email Productivity: Work Smarter with Your Inbox is a forty-minute video class made up of bite-sized lessons that […]

To Fix Fake News, Look to Yellow Journalism

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:25:40 +0000

Think "fake news" is a new phenomenon? This piece for JSTOR Daily looks at the long tradition of lousy journalism -- most notably, the "yellow journalism" phenomenon of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

How to Use Online Games and Activities to Connect to Grandchildren

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:19:04 +0000

This feature for The Wall Street Journal spells out the way online activities like Minecraft, social media and geocaching can bridge the generational divide.

Worried about surveillance under Trump?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:59:30 +0000

What do activists, journalists and plain old-fashioned citizens need to know about online privacy in the Trump era?

Resistance is futile: A success story

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:16:32 +0000

Sometimes success looks like a little boy sobbing his eyes out. This success story begins yesterday morning, when Peanut showed up at school in his Halloween costume: a Borg cube. For those of you who aren’t Star Trek fans, let me explain that the Borg are a race of terrifying cyborgs. They travel across the galaxy, […]

In The Orange Dot: Is my kid addicted to tech or am I just old?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:49:13 +0000

Even adults can get obsessed with their social media analytics. So what do you do when your kids start measuring their every online move.

Rock Bottom

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:18:21 +0000

When we finally pulled Peanut out of public school at the end of Grade 2, I thought we’d reached rock bottom. We had a 7-year-old with a basket of diagnoses and labels: anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing issues, tic disorder, fine motor lags and a 99.99th percentile IQ. (It would be another two years before a […]