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Silicon Valley’s myopia

If you thought people lived in their own filter bubbles, echo chambers, etc., it might be because the people building those tools reside in their own world: tech-centered Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley makes the tools we all love to hate. Smartphones and the internet are simultaneously essential and unbearable, a facilitator of instant global communication […]

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“One is you can get rich, that’s pretty good. But the newer part of it culturally seems to be that you’re like a hero. Steve Jobs is the epitome. You’re an artist. You’re a visionary. You’re a hero. You’re a billionaire. You have a tremendous amount of power … It’s like the fame of a […]

Twitter IPO: Social network files for initial public offering of stock.

Like Facebook, Twitter makes its money primarily by selling ads, which gain a lot of their value from the advertiser’s ability to target specific groups of users. Twitter’s disadvantage relative to Facebook is scale: It has on the order of 200 million users, while Facebook has some 1.15 billion. But its advantage lies in timeliness […]

Facebook, Just Like American Soccer

Curiosity and experimentation create innovation. Innovation gets rewarded, at its peak today with the Facebook IPO. But Facebook’s innovation all seems kind of robotic. Nothing truly innovative has really come out of Facebook the last couple years. All its innovation is copied (e.g. check-ins) and brought to its masses or simply bought. Questioning the modus […]

Facebook Fortitude

Word on the street says that mobile threatens Facebook’s future. The mobile screen is way smaller and difficult to insert ads without disrupting the whole user experience. The Facebook app is janky as it stands with bugs and slow response. That needs to get fixed first. One thing that Instagram taught all app developers is […]