A few weeks ago, I was asked by some friends organizing a funk-themed New Years Eve party to do a DJ gig. I love funk and disco, and felt it could be a good excuse to dip my toes into the DJ world. I was asked to be the pre-show to warm up for a … Continue reading Learnings From My First DJ Set (To A Crowd of 160!)
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
Why Write a Blog? Because It All Matters
Immediately after sharing my post about Google's attention dashboard the other day, a friend asked me if I’m going to write on this blog daily. And his question brings me to a topic worthy of its own post: why I’m writing this blog. In part, I’m keeping a blog because it’s already an old habit … Continue reading Why Write a Blog? Because It All Matters
How I Applied For (And Failed To Get) A Fulbright To Study Crypto in Argentina
Back in 2012, I became obsessed with currency. Argentina's currency crisis was in full swing, and I had the good fortune to spend my college summer working in Buenos Aires. It was a firsthand economics lesson into how people's behavior changes when inflation is 40%. It was at that time in Argentina where I first encountered … Continue reading How I Applied For (And Failed To Get) A Fulbright To Study Crypto in Argentina
May I Have My Attention Please?
How Apple and others can make time better spent, beyond just nutrition facts For the last year or two, if you asked me the Contrarian Question — what is something I believe that most people don’t — I would have said that digital addiction is real and widespread. I realize this is hardly a contrarian take now that headline … Continue reading May I Have My Attention Please?
This Is Your Brain On Alexa
How voice technology is changing my brain and why I’m excited for app consolidation For those uninitiated to the Echo, its killer feature is that it’s always on and listening for the wake word — it’s the first truly dedicated vocal computing device. Every Echo owner knows it takes about 30 seconds to convert first-timers into believers. “Alexa, … Continue reading This Is Your Brain On Alexa