For as long as I can remember, anyone with a passion for building a tech company from the ground up would have to head west. Silicon Valley was where the money, talent, and exits were. But what do startup founders really need?
The thing Mary Meeker's Web 2.0 presentation nailed was just where the U.S. is on the world stage -- knocking us down from our self-serving perch of being at the cutting edge. In fact, we're lagging behind.
Millennials have grown up with a 24/7 news cycle and reality TV. They know the power of branding and publicity. Every day they act as their own digital publicists, curating and monitoring the 'me' brand.
While we weren't paying much attention, Steve Jobs may well have left behind as his most world-changing legacy -- the very first consumer robot. And chances are, you've got one of Jobs' newfangled robots in your pocket right now.
As New York, and the world, prepares to see for the first time what will most certainly be one of the most visited memorial sites in the world -- Michael Arad seems calm, focused, and comfortable with what they'll see.
My fellow traveler read my powerpoint from behind me on the airplane. And my car service driver watched it live on the web. Certainly my 'private' presentation to the TEDx community was more public than I ever imagined.
While Google is defining 'delight' as popping a weather graphic on your screen, users are drowning in a flood of tweets, blog posts, check-ins, and other real-time data that overwhelm comprehension and exhaust users.
We're entering a critical, and dangerous, time in the content ecosystem. A moment where partisan politics could shout down diverse points of view, and lumbering algorithms could blithely filter out diversity.