“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” — Oliver Sacks, quoted by Michiko Kakutani, in the NYT today (via Steve Silberman)

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My take on Alphabet Inc. (video)

CCTV reporter Mark Niu interviewed me and included my somewhat skeptical take on Google’s new corporate structure — Alphabet Inc. — in his report this week. My hair is doing some weird thing but I think other than that I make some kind of sense. My take, in a nutshell: The new structure, so far, […]

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How Trello and couples counseling helped make this startup a self-managing success

Jessica Mah has been starting companies since she was 13. As a teenager, she built websites for small businesses, and then created a company that managed online services for companies. It was pulling in $100,000 in revenue before she was even in high school, Mah said. So after finishing an undergraduate degree in computer science […]

How Trello and couples counseling helped make this startup a self-managing success

How Matt Mullenweg built WordPress into a giant platform powering 1/4 of the Web (podcast)

In this week’s podcast, I talk with Matt Mullenweg, who created WordPress as an open-source blogging platform twelve years ago and turned it into a parallel, for-profit company called Automattic ten years ago. [Click the image above to hear the MP3 of this podcast.] Since then, WordPress has grown into one of the most successful […]

How Matt Mullenweg built WordPress into a giant platform powering 1/4 of the Web (podcast)

Social media will ‘trump’ tonight’s GOP debate winner

If you’re like most politically minded Americans, you’ll be grabbing some popcorn and sitting down to watch the first Republican debate tonight at 9pm Eastern. With ten contenders, most of whom are masters at the art of making provocative and outrageous statements, and all of whom are desperate for the precious attention and donor dollars […]

Social media will ‘trump’ tonight’s GOP debate winner

Sometimes 40-year-old technology actually is the best tool for the job

Technology changes far slower than we usually think it does. In fact, a pretty-good technology that achieves widespread acceptance has a way of sticking around for years, even decades. Just look at how many people still listen to AM radio, buy CDs at concerts, or drive cars with internal combustion engines and four wheels. Or, […]

Sometimes 40-year-old technology actually is the best tool for the job

How Twilio is building a software platform to refresh a 150-year-old technology (podcast)

This episode of the What to Think podcast is sponsored by Pivotal Tracker. In this week’s podcast, we kick off an occasional series of interviews with platform builders: the founders and inventors who are creating software platforms upon which others are able to build things. We’re calling this series “Innovation Engines.” Our guest this week […]

How Twilio is building a software platform to refresh a 150-year-old technology (podcast)

You won’t believe how honest this CEO is about blowing $185M

Quirky might seem like one of the more extreme examples of Silicon Valley excess in recent years, but its recent pivot — and the way its CEO handled it — is a rare example of honesty and transparency. The startup’s premise was inspired, if a little idealistic: Take inventors’ half-baked ideas, help them turn those ideas […]

You won’t believe how honest this CEO is about blowing $185M

3 takeaways from 3 big tech outages: NYSE, United, and WSJ

  What a day! Yesterday morning, the New York Stock Exchange went offline, United Airlines grounded its entire fleet, and the Wall Street Journal website went offline. All three outages were related to technical glitches of one sort or another. And on top of that, the Chinese stock market tanked. That wasn’t a technical fault, […]

3 takeaways from 3 big tech outages: NYSE, United, and WSJ

Wattpad hooks up with Cosmopolitan.com for hot, steamy content partnership

When Carter kissed me, it wasn’t for a brief moment. It was a kiss that carried us from one hot moment against the painting, my hands dipping underneath his pajama pants and sliding around, gripping his hard ass. It was a kiss where he growled my name and wrapped his hands around my waist, picking […]

Wattpad hooks up with Cosmopolitan.com for hot, steamy content partnership

Blocking ads can cut network traffic 25% to 40%, study shows

For advertisers, ad-blocking software is an annoyance. For IT administrators, it might just be the key to reducing network congestion. A recent study (.pdf) by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia has found that installing ad-blocking software reduces ordinary Web-browsing bandwidth usage by 25 percent. The reduction is even more dramatic for streaming video: blocking the […]

Blocking ads can cut network traffic 25% to 40%, study shows

Email is broken, it needs to die, and we’ll be sorry when it’s gone

  Everyone hates email. It wastes our time, too much of it is spam, it’s a to-do list that strangers can write on, it’s ugly, it’s slow, it’s unreliable. And did I mention the spam? Perhaps the worst thing about email is the way it makes us unlikeable. I’m a reasonably nice person, as anyone […]

Email is broken, it needs to die, and we’ll be sorry when it’s gone

Fast-growing data analytics company Looker hires former Box exec Jen Grant (Q&A)

EXCLUSIVE: Jen Grant has joined Looker as its chief marketing officer. She was formerly a vice president of marketing at Box and a CMO at Elasticsearch. Looker may not be one of the big names in data analytics, yet, but the company has impressive growth. Its revenue has grown fivefold in the past year, the company […]

Fast-growing data analytics company Looker hires former Box exec Jen Grant (Q&A)

This could be the year that Docker hits the big time

Docker is hot. That much was clear from the buzz — and the news — around this year’s DockerCon. The evidence suggests that the billion-dollar company responsible for accelerating the “container revolution” is at a tipping point. 550 people attended DockerCon in 2014. This year, there were at least 2,100. Docker chief executive Ben Golub […]

This could be the year that Docker hits the big time

Here comes the industrial Internet — and enormous amounts of data

The “Internet of Things” is a trendy term that probably makes you think about connected toasters and smart refrigerators. But for GE, it also includes jet engines and power generators. You might not think of these giant artifacts of industrial culture as part of the Internet of Things, but they will be — and their […]

Here comes the industrial Internet — and enormous amounts of data

Ex-Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior uses haiku and painting to find balance in work, life

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Cisco chief technical officer Padmasree Warrior is a painter and a haiku poet, as well as one of the leading female executives in the technology world. For her, art and technology are interlinked. Creating art — and she emphasized that she is an amateur artist — involves some of the same challenges […]

Ex-Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior uses haiku and painting to find balance in work, life