Truth is only one dimension of entertainment

With my attention fixed on Twitter during the Boston Manhunt, even with CNN blaring on the television, I wondered, "At what point will it stop feeling natural to turn to broadcast media during major news events?"

April 19, 2013

An Ode to Tinder

A Winklevossian tale of an invention whose time has come, and nearly left me behind.

April 15, 2013

The Armchair Neuroscientist

It's natural to view news items and blog posts about the brain as authoritative. We need to talk about what we're talking about when we talk about "the brain".

April 5, 2013

Apple's best offense is a good defense

Why Apple's recent "defensive" showing may more tactical than meets the eye.

March 18, 2013

A (sorta) wise entrepreneur once said

A response to Scott Adams of Dilbert and some successful guys I interacted with on Twitter on the topic of entrepreneurship. My take: Entrepreneurship is a wonderful thing, but let's not prescribe or fetishize it.

March 13, 2013

Learn to code. Or don't!

With all the hubbub about why you should you learn to code, should you? Definitely maybe. I argue that the motivations behind learning to code should not be much different from learning Powerpoint or Excel to the extent that your career demands.

March 11, 2013

The MBA Hedge

A response to the debate on "An MBA is a worthwhile investment for those looking to join or create a tech startup" on My take: You'd have to be either naïve or extremely risky to go get an MBA with the sole intention of joining or creating a tech startup. Smart MBA applicants are wiser than that.

March 6, 2013

Teens have always gone where identity isn't

My theory: Teens eschew Facebook and Twitter for Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat and other apps not because they're a new, different generation, but because they don't yet have much of an identity to boast of.

March 4, 2013

What Facebook Needs Now: Silent Connect

The quasi-best-practice of conveying that your app will "never, ever post anything to Facebook without your permission" is indicative of a problem Facebook needs to solve. My solution: Silent Connect.

February 28, 2013