Founders’ Keith


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Keith Rabois is moving from Khosla Ventures to Founders Fund.

Given the long friendship between him and others at the Founders Fund, this is such an obvious move that it makes you wonder why did it take so long.

I met Keith a lifetime ago, and got to know first as a reporter, and later when we shifted gears into investing. I have always enjoyed his company and his ability to be clear-eyed about the future and opportunities. Most of our interactions have been in professional settings, and he has been nothing but professional.

It isn’t a surprise that he is so successful as an investor, betting big on his beliefs, but not with emotion. He is also a good board member — hyper-efficient. We served on the board of Academia and Keith was great at cutting to the chase and making sure the focus stayed on the right things. Continue reading “Founders’ Keith”

Flickr Fabulous


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Over the past few months, I have been trying to wean myself off Instagram and social media in general. There are many aspects of Instagram. I love dearly: my photography community and ability to connect and chat with others about the art, craft, and technicals of photography. And right in the middle of this rumination, I got an email from Flickr — they were going to allow me to have only l1000 photos on my Flickr account unless I upgraded to a pro account. I shrugged, saying to myself, who cares. A day later, I should check out my photos anyway.

Three hours later, I had upgraded to the Pro version, spending around $50 for the service. As I used the service, more it reminded me how brilliant it was at birth. It had cutesy homeliness, that is so quaint and awesome at the same time. It was amazingly powerful Continue reading “Flickr Fabulous”

[Quoted] Nike cofounder Phil Knight


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You can’t be afraid of offending people. You can’t try and go down the middle of the road. You have to take a stand on something. – Phil Knight, founder, Nike

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business recently hosted a conversation with Nike co-founder Phil Knight and later published excerpts from that conversation. They are worth a read. Sadly, I couldn’t find the original talk anywhere on the GSB, unfortunately.

Tim & Lauren Get Married


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This past weekend, I visited Yosemite National Park, California to officiate the wedding of my friend Tim and his bride, Lauren. The wedding ceremony was held outside in a snow-covered meadow. I had officiated four weddings thus far, and this was my fifth wedding, and the fifth time I have worn a suit in the past four years.

As for Yosemite, this was my first visit to the Valley. And honestly, I cannot come up with a reason, why I have not visited this God’s gift to humanity earlier. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and yet it is so close to home. Yosemite, like everywhere else in California, has been battered by storms due to an atmospheric river. As a result, there was a large amount of snow everywhere. And it was quite cold — though nothing like my cold weather visits to places Continue reading “Tim & Lauren Get Married”

[02.12.2017] The Daily Noted


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Kevin Rose on the next wave of consumer apps and what’s happening in the podcast industry


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Kevin Rose is someone I’ve known for quite a while. I think it was 11 years ago we first worked together when he was starting out as an intern. The promise I saw in him at that time has undoubtedly blossomed into an amazing set of skills, insights, and passions that have contributed to the world in truly meaningful ways.

Kevin is a serial entrepreneur. He’s best known for founding Digg and Revision3. He also serves on the True Ventures team with me and many others, funding startups that capture the imagination. These days, Kevin is no small player – he’s been featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine, Bloomberg, Businessweek, RedHerring, and lots more.

Since it had been a while between conversations, I invited Kevin on the show to talk about the future wave of exciting consumer apps, what it will take to see them come about AND the buzz that’s happening around podcasting these days. The podcast industry has grown leaps and bounds in recent days and both of us are excited about the potential we see.

Join me for this fun conversation with a good friend.

Outline of This Episode

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[02.08.2018] The Daily Noted


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  • 12.09 PM: “Turning free samples into new targeted ads plays to Amazon’s strength as a trusted delivery service of everyday goods.” Axios. If you are Google, you need to be very worried. And so do you Facebook!
  • 12.05 PM: “You don’t need a label to put out a record today, and you certainly don’t need a Grammy to enhance your career.Bob Lefsetz.

The Daily Noted is a collection of my thoughts, links worth following and other ephemera that is worthy of attention. Updated frequently, daily!

Vida Libre & an amazing new Insulin pill


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I am one of the 29 million Americans who is afflicted Type 2 Diabetes. And like most (if not all), for past 12 years, I have been living with a constant ritual of pricking my fingers with a small needle, drawing out a drop of blood and using a strip to monitor my sugar levels. I would do it about 3-to-5 times a day, and let’s just say, it hasn’t been the most pleasant experience.

However, a week ago, I was prescribed a Freestyle Libre, and I finally got the device last evening. It is a sensor which you put on your skin – usually in the lower side of your arm — and use a monitor or an app to take readings, as often as you can, usually after eating or generally when feeling peckish. Either way, I am chuffed at the idea of this new device in my life.

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[02.07.2019] The Daily Noted


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  • 8:17 AM: TechCrunch should hire my friend Julie Zerbo, who is an amazing investigative fashion writer and should be an exciting person to tackle the “direct to consumer” brand boom in a non-sycophant manner we so deeply need. #
  • 8:02 AM: Backblaze, an online backup company, does an analysis of its infrastructure (which is really big and awesome) and finds that in 2016 the average size of hard drives in use was 4.5 TB. By 2018 the average size had grown to 7.7 TB.” And at present, Seagate 10 TB drives in their infrastructure have the lowest failure rates.
  • 7:51 AM: Could it be Murphy’s Law? How is it that I have lost two left-ear AirPods in succession. Now I am stuck with two right-ear AirPods.
  • 6:55 AM: SmugMug should give its pro-level customers free Flickr Pro accounts as part of Continue reading “[02.07.2019] The Daily Noted”

Jill Abramson & Crytpoamnesia


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Twitter, yesterday, was lit up with charges of plagiarism against Jill Abramson, former editor in chief of The New York Times. She has a new book about media — actually, a book complaining about technology, media startups and everyone else but the traditional media — Merchants of Truth. One of the companies featured in the book is Vice Media, and a couple of their writers found that there were paragraphs copied from their work, and works of other publication. That, is awkward, especially since the book is so preachy and finger wavy towards the new media and technology. Abramson has denied these allegations and pointed to copious footnotes, but what it is hard to shake off the evidence offered by the two Vice writers. 

Abramson’s current plight is every writer’s worst nightmare, and it could as easily happen to anyone. I am not trying to defend Abramson — Continue reading “Jill Abramson & Crytpoamnesia”

New Morning & Sounds of Nitin Sawhney


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A recurring nightmare was my wake up call today. It is as if my mind puts out red alerts in the form of a horror flick—wake up and get to work. And since 2 am, I have been doing that, slowly typing out a chapter from my book, written lovingly in longhand, with a fountain pen and jade-colored ink. Organic writing, makes me slow down, think, before committing words to paper. It is life without an undo!

And while making morning tea, I ended up on Twitter, where an old friend, Nyay, was tweeting about Nitin Sawhney’s album, Beyond Skin, which is now twenty years old. Sawhney tweeted that he “made this album in my bedroom in a shared flat with musicians I brought into the living room to record.”

Nitin’s music and work have been the soundtrack for my journey as a person without an axis. If Continue reading “New Morning & Sounds of Nitin Sawhney”

All About Alexa


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Given its dominance of the e-commerce and cloud services, Amazon, not surprisingly, had a great fourth quarter of 2018. I was checking out their earnings release this morning, and one thing that struck me was the number of times they mention Alexa in the press release — 25.

That’s a lot. But it’s not just that. It is how they talk about it. They are telling us again and again; this is their next big thing. It is going to be perhaps as big as the original Amazon itself. It is going to be their real and meaningful barrier to entry for rivals.

It is not clear about the size of Alexa’s ecosystem presence —  Amazon has hinted at about 100 million. In the press release, Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, and CEO mentioned, that “developers doubled the number of Alexa skills to over 80,000” and humans spoke to “Alexa Continue reading “All About Alexa”

How digital media killed itself


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There were too many of us doing the same job. When I started reporting in 2006 on fresh new companies like Facebook and Twitter, it was a novelty beat that sometimes came across to my senior colleagues as a gimmick. Five years later, there were so many reporters covering Mark Zuckerberg’s every move that we scrambled to make our individual interpretations as original as possible to the point of hyperbole. Or we groveled for ‘exclusive’ stories that frankly had no business being in the spotlight. We got hooked on the cocaine of the media industry: clickbait.

Caroline McCarthy, one of my favorite writers from an earlier generation of Internet writers, sums up what ails digital media. It is not just Zuckerberg, but every aspect is covered by everyone in media, with no particular insight, no brand loyalty and just nothing but distrust of readers. The cult of growth at any Continue reading “How digital media killed itself”

What to read this weekend


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Here are five articles I read this week that I think are worth your time.

  1. Musk versus Bezos: The Battle of Space Billionaires. If you look beyond the headline, then you get a pretty good understanding of SpaceX and Blue Origin and how they are different. Scientific American has done an excellent job here. (Read)
  2. The Gordon Gekko of FYRE festival. These days everyone is talking about two different documentaries about the FYRE festival. Ben Carlson, in a remarkably astute blog post, observes that these attempts to rehabilitate Billy McFarland are going to create more bad behavior. Highly recommended. (Read)
  3. The creed of compromise: Don’t throw in the day job to follow your dream. Join the bifurcators who juggle work-for-pay and their work-for-love. I am in two minds about this article and fall in the camp of those who are likely to chuck it all. Continue reading “What to read this weekend”

When Jack (Dorsey) met Mark (Zuckerberg)


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No matter what Jack Dorsey (CEO, Twitter) says, he is going to come under criticism. While some of it is justified, but a lot of hyperventilation in the media is because https://www.wired.com/2015/07/how-the-tech-press-forces-a-narrative-on-companies-it-covers/the press is in a compensatory mode. After having championed Facebook, Twitter and others as saviors, a decade later everyone is waking up with a bit of a hangover.

Occasionally, though you come across a piece that is worth your attention, I enjoyed the Rolling Stone interview with Jack, and he was as open as a chief executive of a publicly traded company can be, about himself, his company and well, social media in general.

The article asked (a few) difficult questions, and got some decent answers. Could Rolling Stones magazine be more aggressive in its questioning? Of course, it could be — but remember we are living in the golden age of access journalism. Continue reading “When Jack (Dorsey) met Mark (Zuckerberg)”

Hello (Again) Ello


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Five years is a long time, so it isn’t a surprise that Ello might have faded from the minds of the people. And after being an initial skeptic, I have quietly become an occasional visitor — more like a lurker on the network, secretly following some fantastic photographers and their creativity.  Many are not even my kind of photographs and visuals, but the sheer quality of images is stunning and one can learn so much from these works. Here is a link to the page of trending photos on Ello. But that isn’t all. There are so many amazing artists including this photo/visual surrealist.

It is the antithesis of the likes-fueled, influencer-juiced world of Instagram and its algorithmic overlordship of creativity. If Instagram is the machine and crowd-powered enemy of creativity for the sake of creativity, Ello is just a place where there are fewer judgments about the art. It Continue reading “Hello (Again) Ello”

Values


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Everyone focuses on their mission. So many focus on their tagline as a way to define themselves. A very few companies think about themselves from the vantage point of values. When it comes to business, values are everything:

  • Values are the strategy
  • Values are the process
  • Values are the product
  • Values are the brand
  • Values are the company.

In case you were wondering why I am bringing up this today, it is because a friend texted me an old article about the boneheaded publicity stunt/ad-campaign by Pepsi. That is a perfect testimonial of what happens when a company has no values.

Sunday Rains & Random Runimantions


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It is raining outside. I can hear its soft patter outside my window. I like rains. They make me nostalgic, especially on a Sunday, my day for catching up with the week ahead. Past few days have been particularly intense, mostly for personal reasons. I have been preoccupied and thus been playing hide-and-seek from responsibilities such as replying to emails. I decided to change that today.
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Here is what I am reading today


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Here are some good early morning reads worth your time.

  • How is it that identical twins are getting many different results from five ancestry DNA test kits? The answer might be in the algorithms that church the data. And that, in a nutshell, is going to be the bias in the era of data and machines. This is a fascinating article.
  • Such an excellent idea — a device that can help you prevent Alexa and Google Home from continually listening to you all the time. Check out the Project Alias and the story in FastCompany. I am getting one!
  • SocialRecall is an app that connects names and faces using smartphone cameras, facial recognition and all the data that is out there. This presents an interesting dilemma. Today it might seem like a privacy nightmare, and tomorrow it could be a service augmenting our intelligence. Also, it won’t be long before Facebook copies Continue reading “Here is what I am reading today”

[The OmShow Podcast] What will 2019 bring?


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After a bit of a hiatus, I am back with a new episode of my occasional podcast series, The Om Show. In this first episode for 2019, I chat with Primer CEO Sean Gourley and MetaMarkets founder Michael Driscoll about what comes in 2019. We discuss everything from machine learning to data to privacy and what’s next for artificial intelligence. Of course, there is some Facebook thrown in for good measure.

You can download this on the iTunes Podcasts or simply listen to it here. Here is a link to download it directly to your device. It is also available on Spotify, though I can’t find it on shit they call search.