startup culture — where does it come from ?

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js One of the most mysterious elements of startup culture is question that Naval Ravikant posed in his tweet above. So, where does it really come from ? Culture is mostly intangible at the earliest stages, and tends to be dictated by the relationship amongst the founders (or the founding team). In my time at Feeva, … Continue reading startup culture — where does it come from ?

Mark Pagel on collective cultural evolution, and how we may be becoming infinitely stupid

This is a very interesting talk by an evolutionary biologist, where he starts from the beginning of life itself and weaves a story through to our current state of culture and how ideas flow. There are several pieces of the talk that are worth taking a moment to appreciate. Here are a couple excerpts. here … Continue reading Mark Pagel on collective cultural evolution, and how we may be becoming infinitely stupid

Isaac Asimov to future patrons of a library in Troy, Michigan on 16 March 1971

Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will … Continue reading Isaac Asimov to future patrons of a library in Troy, Michigan on 16 March 1971

College costs twice as much as it did 10 years ago

Earlier today, I started to wonder how expense it has become to go to college these days. As Mona and I were chatting, we conjectured that the increases were tiny if we were to consider cumulative inflation over the same period. Best way to find out was to dig into the data, so here we … Continue reading College costs twice as much as it did 10 years ago

my sense of loss at the demise of bookstores

Many would say the writing is on the wall for physical bound books, and business models that rely on them. As Amazon recently reported to their shareholders the rate at which ebook sales are supplanting print books. The revelation that Barnes & Nobles is up for sale and prior news that Borders is seeking bankruptcy … Continue reading my sense of loss at the demise of bookstores

network operators need evolutionary innovation in the mean time

(this post was sparked by a recent article about a speech given by the CTO of Ericsson, Hakan Eriksson at the 4G World conference in Chicago) Network operators have been dealing with tremendous growth in bandwidth requirements for most part of this decade with a constant cry for new business models and ways to be … Continue reading network operators need evolutionary innovation in the mean time