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For Products, Technology Still Matters

Popular media has seriously overshot on the relative importance of marketing and design versus technology for product companies. Just spend some time perusing the usual outlets and you’ll quickly forget that startups employ technologists. Read More

Conviction in the Face of Noise

Nine years after starting a company to make machines listen to music at MIT, Brian and Tristan are selling their company, The Echo Nest, to Spotify, the largest music streaming service in the world. It's a great day for them and the rest of the team. It's also a great day for conviction-- the quality I find most relevant for entrepreneurs whose vision is off the beaten path, but a quality often challenged by the latest fad. Read More

The Perfect Valentine

I’ve found the perfect Valentine’s gift for that geek girl in your life. Actually, it works fine for non-geeks but given that you are reading my blog, I’m pretty sure your wife or girlfriends is somewhat of a geek. Read More