Pop Is Now Good, Rappers Are The New (Indie) Rock Stars, And Other Reflections From Pitchfork 2019

Recently, I went home to Chicago for one of my favorite events of the summer: Pitchfork Music Festival. I love going to Pitchfork because it's a peek into the future. For the uninitiated—and it is a bit cultish—Pitchfork is an online magazine known for its music reviews that rate albums out of 10.0. And for … Continue reading Pop Is Now Good, Rappers Are The New (Indie) Rock Stars, And Other Reflections From Pitchfork 2019

Why I’m Closely Watching (/Listening To) The Audio Space

Right now it feels like an open secret that AirPods are more monumental than they seem. It's not another bluetooth gadget we'll forget about in 6 months. It's our first taste of transhumanism. I'll never forget showing a friend my pair for the first time. He sampled a song, shook his head like a madman, … Continue reading Why I’m Closely Watching (/Listening To) The Audio Space

How to Pursue A Career In Technology With A Liberal Arts Background

[Note: I originally wrote this article for an audience of liberal arts students at Hamilton College, my alma mater] Like many others I know in the industry, I had a very circuitous route into technology. For most of my Hamilton education, I was pretty determined to work in media or on Capitol Hill. That is, … Continue reading How to Pursue A Career In Technology With A Liberal Arts Background

The Updated Ultimate Guide To Hacking CES 2019

It's the stuff of Hunter Thompson novels. If you've ever been to CES, you know it's an absolute clusterflip. There's almost 150,000 people, 52 football fields of trade show glitz, with schlep after schlep just to get to the convention center. But as a tech industry analyst, I've found it invaluable to see how IoT … Continue reading The Updated Ultimate Guide To Hacking CES 2019

Hidden In Plain Sight: The Boring Truth Nobody Is Talking About

Over the summer, I've really enjoyed the work of Philip Auerswald, an academic who focuses on population trends, in addition to "firm learning," or the study of how companies improve. I first heard Auerswald on EconTalk discussing the reasons why populism is taking hold worldwide. Auerswald said that a "trend hidden in plain sight" is simply the population … Continue reading Hidden In Plain Sight: The Boring Truth Nobody Is Talking About

Recreating Reality: How the Final Chapter of ‘Software Eats the World’ Will Be IoT and Simulation

In addition to being a ludicrously well-funded game engine startup, there’s something conspicuous about what Improbable has in the works. In its Series B announcement, after mentioning the typical game engine applications (video games, VR), the company said it’s planning to simulate the real world: Over the longer term, we are also excited by the … Continue reading Recreating Reality: How the Final Chapter of ‘Software Eats the World’ Will Be IoT and Simulation