Top 8 Blockchain Trends Enabling Technology, Energy, and Finance Disruption

The business world is still trying to figure out the best uses of blockchain. Despite relative popularity in the press, the examples of potential cases for blockchain integration are limited at best currently.


Three Bad and Two Good Reasons to Start a Startup

I’ve started five companies, four of which failed miserably, one which did fairly well. I was also one of the first five employees of a startup which did quite well.

I learned a few things from the failures, some from the successes:

03/17/2017 - 12:14

May’s Civic Tech Events

We’re almost halfway through with 2017 — let’s celebrate May with a jam-packed schedule of events: Every Thursday in May How to document apartment repair issues using is a free website you can use to document the repair issues in your apartment.

05/09/2017 - 17:10

I’d Rather Not Merge With Robots, Thank You

Israeli historian Yuval Harari is getting a lot of attention with a dramatic vision of the future, in which humans merge with technology to evolve beyond themselves and ultimately colonize outer space -- potentially making our generation one of the 

05/12/2017 - 16:36

What I Look for in Cryptocoins

I sat around in a circle of 10 people, many of whom are pretty well credentialed by startup ecosystem standards and asked people to raise their hands if they owned any cryptocurrencies. Almost everyone raised their hands.

05/23/2017 - 17:10

What If Robots Did the Hiring at Fox News?

What if Fox News decided to address its gender and racial discrimination issues by entrusting personnel decisions to an algorithm? It’s a fascinating thought experiment -- and one that helps illustrate the dangers of putting too much trust in big data.

05/25/2017 - 11:40

Inexpensive (But Not Cheap) Ways Startups Can Protect Their IP

By Edward J. Russavage and A.J. Tibbetts

06/02/2017 - 06:22

The Unhelpful Myth of Genius

I’ve got a new Bloomberg View column out: A Mathematician’s Secret: We’re Not All Geniuses   See all my Bloomberg View columns here.

06/07/2017 - 07:42

Top 8 Blockchain Trends Enabling Technology, Energy, and Finance Disruption

The business world is still trying to figure out the best uses of blockchain. Despite relative popularity in the press, the examples of potential cases for blockchain integration are limited at best currently.

06/17/2017 - 09:44

Some Rules for Fundraising

Fundraising sucks. 

No one likes it.  Founders don't start companies so they can spend half their time asking people for money and VCs don't love the dance either.  

07/27/2017 - 11:30

Venture Investments Are Not Bets

Countless times over the last decade, I’ve heard other venture investors refer to their investments as “bets.” Earlier in my venture career, I was absolutely guilty of this because I wasn’t being mindful and probably lacked some necessary empathy.

08/04/2017 - 07:35

Big Data Is Coming to Take Your Health Insurance

For all its absurdity, the debate over Obamacare has accomplished something positive: It has educated people that insurance is really about risk pooling -- as in you need both healthy and sick people to participate if it’s going to be affordable for the sick.

08/04/2017 - 11:35

Trump and Statistics Don’t Mix

The Trump administration has taken on three ambitious statistical projects: tracking down cases of voter registration fraud, identifying racism in college admissions and developing an 

08/10/2017 - 11:30

Growing Pains: Nurturing a Startup and a Baby

Note: This piece is written from my perspective as a father and startup founder. Some of the advice will be applicable to new moms as well as dads, but I can only speak from my own experience as a dad. Would love to hear experiences from startup moms as well, and to compare notes.

09/05/2017 - 12:05

5 Best Tips For Salespeople

I guess what I want to really drill home is I just don’t understand how in 2017 people don’t realize that if they’re not producing written content, audio, or video for these 15 platforms, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Medium, Pinterest,

09/07/2017 - 11:35

Facebook and Google, Show Us Your Ad Data

My latest Bloomberg View column is out, in which I try to imagine an internet optimized for citizens rather than consumers: Facebook and Google, Show Us Your Ad Data   For other columns, take a look here.

09/13/2017 - 11:35

Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it.

09/17/2017 - 07:30

Why Amazon Should Come To NYC

USA Today reported that NYC is working on a proposal to encourage Amazon to locate its second headquarters “HQ2” in NYC. I can’t imagine a better place for HQ2 than NYC.

09/19/2017 - 07:30

Overcoming Fears as a Female Entrepreneur

What is the biggest barrier between a woman entrepreneur and her path to success? The fear she creates in her own mind. Our scared, hesitant and self-doubting thoughts create that atmosphere of inferiority for us, make us weak and allow other people to question us.

09/24/2017 - 09:17

My Remarks for the Timmy Awards

Over the summer I spent many Wednesday nights co-leading conversations on a Twitter edchat called #ethicalCS (and many hours of prep recruiting experts and developing discussion questions).

09/29/2017 - 09:09

Video Of The Week: Tesla Powerwall

I am obsessed with the Tesla power wall product. We are getting them for the properties we own where we have solar. This video below explains how the power wall works in combination with solar panels, the grid, and your electrical usage.

10/07/2017 - 07:30

Don’t Take Attention For Granted!

I had an epiphany today that clearly has been stuck in my brain for quite a while, which is that, oh, right, the biggest companies in the world, the biggest advertisers in the world, have been taking attention for granted.

10/12/2017 - 11:35

On Open Source with Max Tegmark

I was on WBUR’s Open Source with Christopher Lydon – a show I regularly listened to when I lived in Somerville – last night discussing Max Tegmark’s new book, Life 3.0. Other guests were Erik Brynjolfsson and Yarden Katz.

10/20/2017 - 11:35