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Kaila Colbin

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  • Three Reasons You Should Read That Column I Wrote On Exponential Technologies in Online Spin on 03/27/2015

    Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about exponential technologies. I looked at the way that any industry built on information will follow a price-performance curve that roughly doubles every year, at the fact that we're starting to reach inflection points on technologies ranging from artificial intelligence to bioengineering, and how all of these technologies are now starting to converge. Since then, nearly every headline I see reinforces this proposition.

  • Monica Lewinsky Discusses The Dark Side Of The Digital Revolution  in Online Spin on 03/20/2015

    Tell me: how wise were you, at 22 years old? Extremely, I imagine. Probably didn't make a single mistake. Nothing embarrassing, nothing foolish, almost certainly didn't fall in love with the wrong person, and definitely didn't fall in love with your boss, right? These were the questions Monica Lewinsky asked of the TED2015 audience when she took the stage yesterday in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hands up, those who didn't do something dumb. Hands up, those who have no regrets from that time. Unsurprisingly, not a single hand went up.

  • The Exponential Revolution Is Coming To Get You in Online Spin on 03/06/2015

    I have swallowed the red pill of reality. For the past four-and-a-half days, I've been bombarded by insanely skilled academics with a tsunami of information that will, henceforth, color the way I look at the world -- and should, I believe, color the way you do, too.

  • Even Facebook Isn't Using Facebook To Communicate With Investors  in Online Spin on 02/27/2015

    You know those old chestnuts: Accountants never get around to doing their own taxes. Advertising agencies don't advertise. Plumbers have leaky pipes. And now, there's Facebook, the No. 1 social media platform in the Western world. For obvious reasons, the company doesn't use competitor channels like LinkedIn and Twitter. But according to a recent study by Investis, Facebook execs also fail to use their own channel well.

  • Is Google Glass Poised To Become The Betamax Of Wearables? in Online Spin on 02/20/2015

    "We're running a clinical trial on the use of Google Glass in a hospital setting," said the young man across from me, excitedly. "This could change everything!" "Oh," I replied. "But didn't Google just cancel the Glass program?"

  • Lean Method Migrates From Bits To Bytes And Back Again in Online Spin on 02/13/2015

    Back in 2009, I attended a conference called X Media Lab, designed for startups in the creative and tech industries. At the time, I was the CMO of a startup virtual world for kids. On the opening day, we got to have 20-minute sessions with a few of the speakers, to get their input on our fledgling companies. We sat down with a guy named Nat Torkington, who's been involved with the Web since it was born. "Go check out Startup Lessons Learned," he advised us. "You guys need to start using a lean methodology."

  • The Music Industry Is Getting Brokener And Brokener in Online Spin on 02/06/2015

    The world has changed, they said. Creative industries have been democratized, they said. There are no more gatekeepers, they said. I call bullshit.

  • Five Times Matthew Inman Won The Internet  in Online Spin on 01/30/2015

    I love Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal. I love his writing style, his drawing style, and the fact that he has all this technical skill and yet chooses, in his words, to "make my living from drawing fat, frog-eyed, stick-armed oval people." From him, I have learned about mantis shrimp and angler fish. I've laughed at his description of the Web design process and been surprised about how much cats actually kill. But all of these things are just my baseline measure of appreciation for Inman. Below are five times he blew it out of the water.

  • Adopting This One Habit Will Change Your Life in Online Spin on 01/23/2015

    I know, I know. Hyperbolic clickbait. But bear with me, OK? 'Cause I genuinely believe this to be true: One simple habit can completely transform the way you behave, how effective you can be, and how others perceive you. If you want to be a highly regarded powerhouse, all you have to do is be a chaser, not a chasee.

  • Teens On Social Media Know The Value Of Forgetting in Online Spin on 01/16/2015

    Despite being commonly perceived as a negative, the ability to forget has tremendous value. Sadly, social media is generally not designed to allow us to forget. Those horrible pictures of us. That self-obsessed period we went through. The embarrassing argument played out on each other's Facebook walls. I would prefer for people not to have an online record of all the times I've been less than my highest self. So it's not surprising that Snapchat, the social network with built-in forgetfulness, is so successful.

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