Category Archives: politics

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 »

Applied vs Theoretical Innovation

Recently, I got to thinking that there are really are two kinds of innovation, and these two types of innovation were very apparent in the kind of programs I would run for companies. Borrowing a term from physics, I like to call these two types of innovation “theoretical” and “applied” just like theoretical and applied physics. Theoretical… Read More »

Regulation Retards Innovation

Got into a great discussion at lunch yesterday with a colleague on the state of affairs in innovation – most of it was the same kind of opining one normally hears about the future – one of the questions most asked is – what ever happened to the flying car? Remember those old films and… Read More »

Be Bold

Recently, I was discussing with a colleague of mine the state of affairs at companies that we used to work with and for and we found some interesting parallels: in most of the larger companies, no matter what the industry, there seemed to be a common thread: People sent an inordinate amount of time “covering… Read More »

SOPA: Major Internet Companies Consider Coordinated Blackout

Reason is reporting that Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter are considering a coordinated blackout of their services in protest of the SOPA legislation, which would curtail Internet freedoms. It is not clear how long the blackout would last. Such a move would affect countless Internet users. Just think about it – even though there are… Read More »

Apple Bans ‘Sexy Apps’

Something I’ve said for a while: Steve Jobs is as much a tyrant as Barack Obama or George Bush. What he says goes: free speech suffers. And yes, sexy apps and porn ARE free speech, no matter how much you may not like them! Why Apple’s New Ban Against Sexy Apps Is Scary.

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

“The critical question is: At what level will the American public be comfortable with Google sharing information with NSA?” said Ellen McCarthy, president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an organization of current and former intelligence and national security officials that seeks ways to foster greater sharing of information between government and industry. via… Read More »

Where is the innovation?

Now many people who watch/listen to my shows understand my philosophy and political leanings. i’m willing to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt on some things – when he mentioned that he was going to do a number of things to foster innovation, such as hold scientific summits in the White House etc,… Read More »