ArchiveApril 2012

On Stanford & Silicon Valley


Interpreting the dynamic between Stanford and Silicon Valley, as broken down by Auletta’s article, is a bit like watching “Wall Street,” a movie that was meant as a polemic on what was wrong with finance but which inspired kids everywhere to become bankers.
Sarah Lacy, Stanford, Silicon Valley, and John Hennessy’s Real Legacy

Find your mobile champion


Google has released the Mobile Playbook, which as they point out renders beautifully on tablet devices (or on what the rest of the country calls “My iPad”). Not too much new news here, and unsurprising but important emphasis on the rise in mobile search (25% of all movie searches are on a mobile device, for example). Biggest need and shift identified is for appointing a mobile champion in the...

Must read: The Flight from Conversation


Most of all, we need to remember — in between texts and e-mails and Facebook posts — to listen to one another, even to the boring bits, because it is often in unedited moments, moments in which we hesitate and stutter and go silent, that we reveal ourselves to one another. The Flight from Conversation, an essay by Sherry Turkle (and don’t miss the irate comment thread of readers dividing...

Facebook, individuality & loneliness


Just re-read this thoughtful Stephen Marche essay in The Atlantic Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? about social networking in the current American social context. Facebook arrived at a time when Americans were more alone that ever before. The article points out that in 1950 fewer than 10% of U.S. households contained only one person, and that number had reached 27% by 2010. We’re a culture that...

Inside the Silicon Valley Gender Gap


The dominant [element] next to the piece of technology is some woman who’s scantily clad. It creates a hostile environment, and it also doesn’t reflect back onto the female audience that ‘You can be a founder’—but ‘You can be an object.’
Leslie Bradshaw, JESS3 founder, quoted in Inside the Silicon Valley Gender Gap

10 commandments for enterprise digital strategy


Today’s This American Life led with a selection of Ten Commandments for unlikely and rather specific audiences. There were the Ten Commandments for Gold Miners (“thou shalt not pan out gold from another’s riffle box”), for umpires (unsurprisingly, “keep your eye on the ball”),  and Paris dining (“thou shalt not be too familiar with a waiter”). People often ask what a chief digital officer does...

The mobile future’s already here …


Cross-posted on the MITX blog One of my favorite quotes is from the science fiction writer William Gibson. He once said, “The future’s already here — it’s just not evenly distributed.”  I first grandly predicted the Year Of Mobile in 2000. Now, finally, there’s enough of it here that I can claim to be right. What’s happening in mobile right now is exactly what happened during the stampede to the...

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