Déjà Vu All Over Again
Posted at 15:47h, 16 Nov 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
We were gutted by the news from Paris on Friday evening, when over a hundred people were slaughtered, and hundreds injured, including a hundred critically wounded, in a coordinated terrorist attack. All, in the shadows of a suicide bomber in Beirut who killed 43 and the explosion of a Russian commercial airline that killed 224 people. While the world stopped to react – to mourn, sympathize, reflect, and express its outrage and heartbreak over the attacks, the world did not stop. People tweeted their condolences. French flags appeared across Facebook profiles – again - in sympathy and solidarity. And tech...
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An Inconvenient Truth
Posted at 15:46h, 07 Nov 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Bill Gates decided that representative democracy is a problem – in the name of climate change - and announced his plan to spend $2 billion of his own wealth on green energy, calling on fellow billionaires to help make the US fossil-free by 2050 with similar philanthropy,   According to Gates, “the private sector is too selfish and inefficient to produce effective energy alternatives to fossil fuelsIf you’re not bringing math skills to the problem,” he said with a sort of amused asperity, “then representative democracy is a problem.”’ We take no sides in the climate debate, but since Gates brought it up, let’s do the math. Bill Gates is a Harvard dropout and one of the world’s most successful - and wealthiest businessmen, and he may be right that capitalism cannot save us from climate change - certainly not with people like Bill Gates calling the shots. Here's a ...
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The Just Because You’re Paranoid Edition
Posted at 15:45h, 27 Oct 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
It’s comforting to envision a tech utopia, where our homes know our wants/needs; where our cars are self-driving and hot meals show up on our doorstep. Startup L Jackson referred to the on-demand economy as assisted living for the young, and no, this is not about Millenial bashing. This is a wake-up call. In case […]
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At the Crossroads and In the Cross Hairs
Posted at 15:43h, 20 Oct 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Once upon a time, you could buy this device called a television, plug the power cord into the wall, hook it up to the antenna, turn it on, and entertainment appeared. It offered a variety of content, across channels. Oh, and there were commercials. That’s how broadcasters/content providers made money. It was referred to as […]
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Airbnb’s first pitch deck
Posted at 15:45h, 13 Oct 2015 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Airbnb's first pitch deck has been circulating of late, and while it's a great lesson in how to put together a deck and launch not only a company, but a viable business (Lessons From Airbnb's Investor Pitch Deck), remember - seven investors passed on it. Quelle dommage and for the record, we first heard about the company not long after it launched, when an early adopter frequent-traveler British friend put it on our radar. We thought it was a no-brainer (only couchsurfing had been around before that, which might have been their closest competitor, but that company had no revenue model. There's a non-starter f...
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