The future of education: Tablets, or hands-on?

I read the Times story on Amplify, Rupert Murdoch’s 650-person startup aimed at reinventing education via tablet games, with mixed feelings.

On the one hand, as I wrote in a piece today on VentureBeat, this is exactly the vision — shared by One Laptop per Child — first outlined in Neal Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age.” A self-guided curriculum, embedded in a digital book, that could teach children everything they need to know via engaging songs, games, and interactive projects.… Read the rest

The future of education: Tablets, or hands-on?

Egnyte founder Vineet Jain is driven to succeed — and share

Vineet Jain came to America with just $100 in his pocket — literally.

He laughs as he remembers arriving in the San Francisco airport in 1993.

“I had a single $100 bill, folded up in my shirt pocket,” he says.

Now, he’s running rapidly growing hybrid cloud company Egnyte — his second startup — and living the Silicon Valley dream.… Read the rest

Egnyte founder Vineet Jain is driven to succeed — and share

Is Steve Ballmer killing Microsoft? And other burning questions

I spent half an hour in front of some video cameras at Revision3’s SF studio on Friday, with host Patrick Norton and fellow guest Mike Elgan, of ComputerWorld. We talked about Microsoft’s big reorg (and whether Ballmer was killing the company or not), the NSA’s PRISM program, the upcoming Def Con conference, Apple’s recent legal loss in the e-book price-fixing case, Dropbox, and whether Apple would be making a new, cheaper iPhone.… Read the rest

Is Steve Ballmer killing Microsoft? And other burning questions