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Faster – Why Constant Stress is Part of Our Future

Faster – Why Constant Stress is Part of Our Future

A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran a weekend piece entitled In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop,
which focused on the stressful nature of blogging. Using our friend Marc Orchant’s death and Om Malik’s heart attack as examples, Matt Richel built a case for web journalism as the cause of certain health woes because of its…

The American Dream: 17 Years of Engineering Software

The American Dream: 17 Years of Engineering Software

Seventeen years ago, on April 10th 1991, a plane landed in John F. Kennedy airport. That plane
had just crossed the Atlantic carrying, amongst others, passengers escaping the crumbling Soviet empire.
One of whom was me. I walked off that plane with a first ever taste of Coca-Cola in my mouth, a lame teenage mustache,
and not a clue about what to…

A Guide to Business Development 2.0

A Guide to Business Development 2.0

At least once each day I get a call from someone trying to sell me outsourced development services. It’s difficult to not be frustrated with these calls and it is increasingly hard to be polite, because
they come so frequently. Yet, more than frustrated, I am just puzzled. Does this tactic still work? Who in this day and age would give business…

Top 10 Traits of a Rockstar Software Engineer

Top 10 Traits of a Rockstar Software Engineer

Every company is a tech company these days. From software startups to hedge funds to
pharmaceutical giants to big media, they’re all increasingly in the business of software. Quality code has become
not only a necessity, but a competitive differentiator.
And as companies compete around software, the people who can make it happen – software…

5 Ways To Have Fun with Twitter When You’re Bored

5 Ways To Have Fun with Twitter When You’re Bored

We’ve all had one of those days when the universe seems to be playing games with us.
Things haven’t quite worked out all day, there’s nothing good on TV, all your friends are out
with each other and forgot (didn’t want?!) to call you. Even 10 years ago this
sort of Friday night would have been lonely. But these days, if you are plugged into
the…

12 Future Apps For Your iPhone

12 Future Apps For Your iPhone

With the new iPhone SDK, it’s just a matter of
time before we see a wave of new applications. We expect a lot of popular web 2.0 apps to offer an iPhone version.
Native Twitter, Facebook and Flickr clients for iPhone will run faster than their in-browser
versions and will take advantage of the impressive Apple UI libraries. But there is an…

Why Apple Will Dominate Next Gen Computing

Why Apple Will Dominate Next Gen Computing

Last week Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple Town hall meeting and announced
two major things for the iPhone: 1) support for Microsoft Exchange and 2) the iPhone SDK.
The Exchange support was a relatively unexpected move, but in retrospect it makes perfect sense.
In order to unseat Blackberry as the number one wireless player in the US, Apple…

The Coming Death of Paper as an Information Storage Medium

The Coming Death of Paper as an Information Storage Medium

The other day I was sitting in the bank watching a clerk copy information off a paper bank transfer to initiate a new wire transfer. Being a busy person I hate inefficiencies, and this was just plain bad.
When I asked why the bank didn’t use an electronic copy to speed up the process, the clerk replied
that using an electronic copy can create…

Beware of Freeconomics

Beware of Freeconomics

A few weeks ago we published a piece on this blog entitled The Danger of Free, in which we discussed the rise of free – a marketing strategy where digital products are given away. This month’s issue of Wired magazine features a cover story
on the topic by editor-in-chief Chris Anderson. The article is a preview of his forthcoming book, called…

Rethinking Recommendation Engines

Rethinking Recommendation Engines

Over two years ago, Netflix announced a Recommendation Engine contest – anyone who invents an algorithm that does 10% better than
their current recommendation system will win $1 Million dollars. Many research teams raced to attack the problem, excited by
the unprecedented amount of data available. Initially quite a lot of progress was made, but…

Reaching for the Sky Through The Compute Clouds

Reaching for the Sky Through The Compute Clouds

On Friday, a massive outage occured at Amazon Web Services that generated a wave
of negativity and criticism in the blogosphere. Not long ago, Rackspace, one of the world’s largest hosting companies, experienced a outage that resulted in a similar reaction. When the backbone collapses, so do our favorite services. This makes
us mad. It makes us say…

Reuters Wants The World To Be Tagged

Reuters Wants The World To Be Tagged

As Richard MacManus recently predicted, in 2008 we’ll witness the rise of semantic web services. From the native support for Microformats in Firefox 3,
to the New York Times’ utilization of rich headers metadata, to this week’s release of the Social Graph API by Google,
semantics are starting to slip onto the web. The impact is being felt because…

How YOU Can Make the Web More Structured

How YOU Can Make the Web More Structured

We have written a lot here about the the vision of building a structured layer on
top of the current web. Annotating billions of HTML documents in a bottom-up way or building top-down tools that can automagically
interpret the existing information are the two approaches that we discussed. Together these approaches would result in a…

The “Work From Home” Generation

The “Work From Home” Generation

For decades in American households the most dreaded morning sound
was that of an alarm clock. Sometime between 6 and 7am a beep or radio music
signaled that it was time to get up and head to work. But in the early 21st century
two things have begun to change. First, the alarm clock is going off a little bit later. And second,
instead of putting on…

The Danger of Free

The Danger of Free

Everyone loves to get stuff for free. We line up to get a free drink, we sign up for free checking accounts,
and we’re happy to get a free gift with the purchase of our next car. We love free stuff, even though we all know
and understand that free is an illusion. After that free drink, we pay for the next three. The bank is making money by…

Semantic Web: What Is The Killer App?

Semantic Web: What Is The Killer App?

The Semantic Web has been in the making for some time and people think it is nearing maturity.
We have written about this trend extensively, with our two most notable posts being an analysis of the challenges of the classic bottom-up approach and the promise of the new top-down one. Regardless of how the Semantic Web will come about, for it to…

15 Questions for an Early Facebook User

15 Questions for an Early Facebook User

There is a brilliant post on Fred Wilson’s blog
called What My Kids Tell Me About The Future of Media.
In the post he analyzes the habits of his teenage children. From movies, to TV shows, to books and video games, he looks at their behavior to understand where we are heading. While this is of course a biased sample, the exercise is very…

36 Startup Tips: From Software Engineering to PR and More!

36 Startup Tips: From Software Engineering to PR and More!

This is a collection of startup tips covering software engineering, infrastructure, PR, conferences, legal and finance. They describe best practices for an early-stage startup. We hope that you will find these tips useful, but also please remember that they are based on subjective experiences and not all of them will be applicable to your company.

Good Things Take Time: New Tech Doesn’t Go Mainstream Overnight

Good Things Take Time: New Tech Doesn’t Go Mainstream Overnight

In this post, we look at three examples of innovation that have been around for a while, but are just now hitting the mainstream: Image recognition, touch screens, and speech recognition. We also look at biometrics – a technology which is likely to be next in line to infiltrate our lives.
A long time generally passes between the creation of any…

The Evolution of Personal Publishing

The Evolution of Personal Publishing

Fred Wilson recently wrote a post on his blog in which he argues that the rapid adoption of Twitter and Tumblr were not accidents. Fred sees these microblogging platforms as a
direct evolution of blogging and social networks. Recently, I’ve been mulling over similar thoughts.
Clearly, the success of these sites was not accidental; because…