Category Archives: ideas

2015: The Year Of YOLO

I love the term YOLO*, of course, not before you do some kind of physically dangerous thing like jumping off your roof with an umbrella to see if you can fly. (Everyone knows you need a cape for that.) No, I mean more like a mentally or psychically dangerous thing. I love thinking YOLO because its… Read More »

Just Learn It

Back in 2009 after I left Yahoo!, I joined a startup which was focused on developing new ideas specifically for patent. The idea was that we would work with companies and help them to build out their patent portfolio in order to protect themselves from other companies and patent trolls. We started off thinking that… Read More »

Blogs Are Dead

Of course, since this article will also be appearing on my blog at some point, I’m sure that some of you will accuse me of being a hypocrite – I suppose there are still a very few reasons for having a blog. My contention is that if you are starting a business today, unless it is something… Read More »

Exponential Organizations: A Book Review

I think I must have recommended this book to at least 15 people, and that’s only in the last few days. I can’t remember the last time I did that for any book. I used to work at Yahoo! during Salim’s tenure at Brickhouse (I ran the internal innovation group, shepherding ideas from employees to product… Read More »

Kennedy Goes Back To The Future

Does anyone here remember when President Kennedy announced that we would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade? Probably not – was before most of our time: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending… Read More »

The Future Of Work

  Are you still working in a company where everyone comes into the same office, Monday to Friday, generally from 9-5? Does your CEO frown on telecommuting or outsourcing? Are you clinging to outmoded ways of working, since its what you’ve always done? Back in 2002, I read a book called “Free Agent Nation” by… Read More »

Startup Monday: Save My Spot

Elevator Pitch: Reserve any space by the hour Going to start a series where I profile an interesting new startup every Monday, or I’ll throw out some ideas for a startup that you might want to take up and run with – heck, I just love coming up with ideas and if I can’t do them myself,… Read More »

Don’t Go To College

In the very first episode of Silicon Valley on HBO, eccentric billionaire Peter Gregory is doing a TED Talk (of course, what else do eccentric billionaires do?) completely dissing the whole concept of going to college. He is heckled by someone in the audience, an older, white haired bearded gentleman who shouts that he’s a… Read More »

These Wearables Are Shocking

At the Glazed conference a few months ago, we were all told that the lifespan of the use of wearable devices was much, much shorter than say the lifespan of use of our smartphones. I think speaker after speaker mentioned something like 90 days to 9 months, then our wearables sit in a box, unused. (Personally, I’ve… Read More »

5 Ways To Have Sex With Your Apple iPhone

Yes, in this article, we will reveal 5 ways in which to have sex with your iPhone. Don’t worry, none of them require any special positions, unless of course you happen to be into any of those positions, that is. But before I do that, I’m curious, did you read this article BEFORE you forwarded it on? Pretty… Read More »