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  • The Most Important Thing You Can Do Is Watch This Movie
    Perhaps, like me, you were heartbroken at the news of Aaron Swartz' death early last year. The 26-year-old Swartz was the co-founder of Reddit; critical to the creation of W3C, ...
  • Should You Be Outraged By Facebook?
    Some days it's hard to know what to be outraged by. Take, for example, Facebook's now-infamous manipulation of 700,000 users' News Feeds. What say you? Outrage or no? If you ...
  • Social Nets Blatantly Stoking The Fires Of Insecurity
    This week, an all-too-close-to-the-bone video from Higton Brothers is making the rounds on my Newsfeed, ironically using Facebook to spread the message that Facebook isn't all it's cracked up to ...
  • Peter Thiel And The Alternative Career Path
    "The most important thing I can teach my kids," said my friend Frank, leaning forward intently, "is to be masters of their own destinies." Being master of your own destiny, ...
  • The Turing Test And The Uniqueness Of Humans
    There are only three things to write about this week, because, obviously, there are only three things happening in the world. Tony Stark Elon Musk gave away Tesla's technology to ...
  • The Best People In The World To Sell To, And The Best Thing To Sell To Them
    Hey, there! What are you up to this weekend? Want to come help me move? No? Of course you don't. Nobody likes to move. We do it because we're forced ...
  • How To Do Facebook: A Primer
    Create a Page. Add a cover image. Add a thumbnail. Add content. Ask your friends to like it. Secure your Page name. ...
  • I'm Just Not That Into You: The Truth About Altruism
    OMG -- I'm up for a part in "Star Wars: Episode VII"! Before you get too excited: I'm not quite ready to draft the awards acceptance speech. For one thing, ...
  • The Digital Content Ecosystem Is Completely Broken
    This week, I read a column about Ad Block being the new DVR. I read one about digital ad fraud, ad-supported piracy, and non-viewability. I read one about the dire ...
  • Don't Be Right And Don't Ask Why: Essential Ingredients For Building A Team
    Imagine the following scenario: You ask someone on your team to provide you with performance data for a project he's working on. He rolls his eyes. Or this one: you ...
  • White House Big Data Report Raises Questions About Kind Of World We Want To Live In
    Big data is amazing. There are big data projects in cancer research, energy use, traffic patterns, fertility treatments. But so far it seems the biggest use of big data is ...
  • Are Perverse Incentives Destroying News?
    I'm sure you've been following the New Zealand economy extremely closely lately. Who hasn't? Dairy is booming and billions of dollars are being spent on the rebuild of earthquake-shattered Christchurch. ...
  • What Advertisers And Content Providers Need To Understand About Human Behavior
    A survey released on Monday showed that most people are ignorant about the way the Internet works. That wasn't exactly what it said, of course. Conducted by marketing company Gfk ...
  • How To Design For All Of Humanity, According to Facebook's Head Of Product
    Facebook has rolled out a design update, and, if the comments in my News Feed are anything to go by, it's the end of the world. The new layout is ...
  • Mozilla's Eich Reveals Diminishing Boundary Between Beliefs And Business
    In the face of a major backlash about his 2008 contribution to California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, Brendan Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla -- less than ...
  • Oculus Premature For The Promise Of Equity Crowdfunding
    In case you've been living under a rock for the past two days, here's the story so far: in September 2012, a startup virtual reality company called Oculus ran a ...
  • Secrets From The Guy With 100 Million YouTube Views
    Somewhere in a little town in Belgium, on a square where nothing really happens, Kris Hoet and his team decided to place a red button. A large arrow dangled above ...
  • It's Time To Face The Truth About The Marketing Trap
    "How many signups did we get last week?" he asked. I flinched inwardly, then told him, anticipating the inevitable. The inevitable was, of course, what I got: dismay, anger, blame. ...
  • Three Simple Rules To Dramatically Increase Your Start-up's Chance Of Success
    I was pretty hoity-toity last week. I talked about existential crises, communicating who you truly are, finding those people who resonate deeply with you and forging a joyful connection with ...
  • The Truth About Branding, Marketing And Advertising
    The advertising industry is in a state of existential crisis, thanks to technology; analytics; migrating, fickle and/or distracted eyeballs; Netflix and other on-demand services; piracy; privacy; attribution; the decline of ...
  • Good 'Idea Carrier' Essential For Spreading A Message
    The first few times I took my husband skiing, I tried to give him a few pointers. "Keep your chest pointed downhill," I said. "Bend your knees so your weight ...
  • Forget Facebook Likes: It's Time To Return To Fans
    Remember when there was no such thing as a Like? If you're looking for a successful and cost-effective Facebook strategy in 2014, you need to focus on fans. Here's ...
  • Social Media Isn't Winning On Madison Avenue
    You may have heard that Twitter's share price is down. Apparently, annual revenues of $665 million -- an increase of 110% over the previous year -- aren't enough to keep ...
  • It's Not The Government, It's You: The No. 1 Rule For Surviving The Grant Process
    A startup is strapped for cash. Its founders hear about a program whereby they can get some cash. The cash dangles in front of them. It is so shiny. They ...
  • Cheap, Plentiful Tools Don't Ease Startup Pain
    Every time I meet an entrepreneur, I ask them how they're doing. I do my best to make it clear I'm genuinely interested in the answer: looking into their eyes, ...
  • Can Venture Capitalists Not Be Evil?
    "I think I'm just going to become an asshole," David said. "It's obvious girls actually prefer it." David's dilemma came down to a choice between two worldviews. One says it's ...
  • Will Technology Turn Job Creators Into Job Erasers?
    I had always bought the story that Henry Ford paid his workers enough to buy the cars they made. Looks like I was wrong. Turns out his real motivation had ...
  • The Pirate Bay, The U.S., And North Korea -- Or, Catch Me Online If You Can
    The Pirate Bay is once again leading governments on a merry chase around the world. In the past week, it has migrated from Sint Maarten to Ascension Island to Peru ...
  • WestJet Santa Stunt Leaves Sour Taste
    We've all had that moment: the moment when you go against the grain, when you don't get the joke, when you refuse to go along with the meme or you're ...
  • Our Lives, Reduced To Data
    It may or may not be true that, in 1899, the commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office said, "Everything that can be invented has been invented." But surely by now, ...