A Hippocratic Oath for Technologists

M.K. Dale has come up with what is an “optional oath for building ethically considered experiences” that seek to address the narcotic-like challenges of modern Internet applications. It also seeks to act as a moral counterweight to an increasingly dominant technology industry.
….we move forward not just by patching holes in current technology, but by preventing these kinds of abuses from being an option in future technology…..Even with the formidable power we wield in our day-to-day lives as engineers, designers, product managers, data scientists, etc., there is very little education and oversight on ethics in our industry…..This discovery process drove me to understand better those industries which do incorporate ethical standards into their professions, and led me create a version of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath, but for technologists.
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Is Daylight Saving Time good for anything?

Daylight Savings Time is really a pain in the derriere. And also quite dumb in the age of the network and atomic clocks.

It’s absurd – and fitting – that a century later, opponents and supporters of daylight saving are still not sure exactly what it does. Despite its name, daylight saving has never saved anyone anything. But it has proven to be a fantastically effective retail spending plan.

Why your competitors don’t matter

  • By signing up for your competitor’s product, all you get is feature parity.
  • By reading your competitor’s marketing, all your marketing starts to sound the same.
  • By reading about your competitor’s latest fundraise, all you get is anxiety that they’ll have more money to “out execute” you.
In other words, if you are a startup, try and build an iPhoneX, not a clone that copies the notch.

My Top 25 Daily Tech Reporters

I often get asked — who are your favorite technology journalists. I don’t know how to answer that question: they are all good on any given day. Some are great at writing features. Others are just fantastic on a day-to-day basis, displaying a broad sense of understanding. Some are just a great combination of all those characteristics — and here my current top 25 favorite reporters, neatly curated as a  Twitter List of my top 25 reporters who cover technology. Why? Because they keep me informed on all aspects of the technology industry on a daily basis. They create a comprehensive, 360-degree view of the industry. I have not included subscription-only services such as The Information — I don’t subscribe. I did at one point but wasn’t reading it that much. I also excluded people who didn’t share work of other writers. These 25 people do a good job of Continue reading "My Top 25 Daily Tech Reporters"

Chickens have come to roost in Silicon Valley

…in the Bay Area — where the nation’s preeminent local food movement overlaps with the nation’s tech elite — egg-laying chickens are now a trendy, eco-conscious humblebrag on par with driving a Tesla.
When reading this article, I was once again reminded that Silicon Valley denizens go over the top in their obsessiveness and turn normal, mundane and sometimes boring aspects of things into an A-B test. It is not just chickens. It is everything – from sous vide, flipping pizzas to make sourdough bread. What starts out as a way to relax eventually turns into a growth hack, a way to improve efficiencies and obviously talk about it on the social media. This mindset is pervasive. This is who we/they are.  There isn’t an off-switch and basically, despite best efforts to relax, there are hardly who know how to relax. The obsessiveness in many ways is what which Continue reading "Chickens have come to roost in Silicon Valley"

The OmShow Podcast: A conversation w/Chris Michel, Entrepreneur & Photographer

Chris Michel, the founder of Military.com and Affinity Labs, is a well-known entrepreneur and investor. He is also an accomplished photographer and someone whom I call my photography guru. He is one of the quiet success stories in Silicon Valley, and his journey is chock-a-block of lessons. Michel sits on the boards of Dale Carnegie, Catchlight, Kixeye, and 3D Robotics. His photos have appeared in the National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the New York Times, the BBC, Outside Magazine and others. His “Flying Emperor” photograph was the 2nd place finisher in the 2014 Wikipedia Picture of the Year. We share a love for Leica and its beautiful lenses and often go out to make photos.  After months of arm-twisting, I finally convinced Chris to sit down and tell me his story — his journey in life, his time in the U.S. Navy, his move to Silicon Valley and why he loves Continue reading "The OmShow Podcast: A conversation w/Chris Michel, Entrepreneur & Photographer"

The Sunglass Mafia 

Silicon Valley insiders often talk about the PayPal mafia — a motley crew that came together at PayPal and then went on to build great companies, big venture firms and continues to wield outsized influence in the technology industry. From much-beloved icons such as Elon Musk to the controversial (and brilliant) Peter Thiel, the list is pretty long. PayPal, however, isn’t unique as a petri dish of innovation and launch pad for future businesses. Let me tell you about one such company that helped create the Sunglass Mafia. Continue reading "The Sunglass Mafia "