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

No, Neil deGrasse Tyson didn’t say Apple’s App Store is a ‘watershed moment in civilization’

Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson made a brief appearance in an Apple event earlier this week, where he seemed to say that Apple’s App Store was one of humanity’s crowning achievements. In a recorded video about the App Store — which recently marked its 100 billionth app download, according to Apple — Tyson says something that made my […]

No, Neil deGrasse Tyson didn’t say Apple’s App Store is a ‘watershed moment in civilization’

It’s time for new adventures

Four years ago, Matt Marshall and Alicia Saribalis hired me to lead VentureBeat’s news team, which at that comprised about five people. One of them immediately left. (Thanks for the vote of confidence, Anthony.) Most of us sat in a small office in San Francisco, arrayed around a collection of mismatched second-hand desks. There was one salesperson and one tech […]

It’s time for new adventures

With great data comes great responsibility

Marketers are now able to personalize messages for their customers (and potential customers) with greater precision than ever before. Powerful new data analytics systems, marketing automation platforms, and a host of other tools are part of this revolution in targeting. But the availability of huge datasets is also key. Companies are learning how to combine formerly disparate datasets, […]

With great data comes great responsibility

How Reddit’s fixed salary policy is diversifying its workforce

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California — Reddit is taking an unusual measure towards diversifying its workforce: It has stopped negotiating salaries with potential hires. “Women are one-quarter as likely to negotiate for salary as men are, and when they do, they’re penalized,” Reddit’s interim chief executive Ellen Pao said today at the Code Conference. Also, she […]

How Reddit’s fixed salary policy is diversifying its workforce

Senator Elizabeth Warren puts tech crowd to sleep with talk of infrastructure

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California — Senator Elizabeth Warren is on fire about infrastructure. Specifically, Warren says, America needs to resume investing in things like roads, bridges, power grids — as well as education and basic research — that enable future innovation. “We have all helped build the world in which others can build more,” the Massachusetts […]

Senator Elizabeth Warren puts tech crowd to sleep with talk of infrastructure

I backed up 24,280 photos to Google Drive. What happened next blew my mind

My lovely wife and I recently decided to back up all our family photos to a single online location, so we’d be less dependent on the Mac Mini they currently live on. That, in turn, would free the Mini up so that the 14-year-old could use it as a music-and-movie studio and (eventually, I hope) to get […]

I backed up 24,280 photos to Google Drive. What happened next blew my mind

Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

There’s a generational shift in technology happening right now: From the open Web to native apps, from desktops to mobile phones, from platforms built on standards to platforms owned by corporations. Let’s call it the second Internet. Here’s what it looks like: That’s right — it’s Facebook. More than 1.44 billion people use Facebook every month, […]

Welcome to our beautifully designed, corporate-controlled future Internet

The next generation of entrepreneurs will need more open platforms

OPINION:   Last week I wrote about the way specific technologies have lowered the barriers to entrepreneurship worldwide: Amazon Web Services, Google Drive (and Google Search), mobile devices combined with widespread wireless Internet service, and Facebook. Most of these tools are what author Jonathan Zittrain would call “generative,” in that they are technologies which engender further innovation, […]

The next generation of entrepreneurs will need more open platforms

How do you make sense of 2,000+ marketing tech companies? (podcast)

This week on What to Think, we speak to John Koetsier, the vice president of research at VB Insight, VentureBeat’s new market-research arm. VB Insight is taking a very data-driven approach to research. Case in point: For its latest report on social media management tools, VB Insight surveyed over 1,100 social media managers, analyzed a […]

How do you make sense of 2,000+ marketing tech companies? (podcast)

What it takes to be a tech entrepreneur in 2015

OPINION:   A handful of technologies have contributed to an explosion of entrepreneurship in the past decade, making the prospect of starting a tech company — or tech-enabled company — more accessible to people around the world. Amazon Web Services makes it possible for anyone, anywhere, to set up a server, build a prototype, and even […]

What it takes to be a tech entrepreneur in 2015

The future of cities with swarms of driverless cars (podcast)

In the future, you might not own a car. Instead, you’ll get around town by hopping into one of many autonomous 3-wheeled pods swarming the streets. To get a picture of how we’ll get there, we invited Xerox executive David Cummins to talk to us about the company’s efforts to improve parking — yes, parking — […]

The future of cities with swarms of driverless cars (podcast)

Sunrun’s journey shows that there is rarely a straight line to success

With $2 billion worth of solar panels installed on 70,000 customers’ homes across 12 states, Sunrun is well on the way to proving that its model for solar power generation can work. But it wasn’t always so clear. When the company started, in February 2007, cofounder and chief executive Lynn Jurich says she faced an […]

Sunrun’s journey shows that there is rarely a straight line to success