Last week, I was presenting Dynamic Yield to some acquaintances in Palo Alto. When I wanted to give an example of good personalization, I fired up Amazon, which is known to do a pretty good job in recommending relevant products. To my horror, this is what showed up: testicle self-test, male bladder catheterization model, UFO … Continue reading Amazon Owes Me an Apology
True story: A friend's wife dropped her iPhone in the toilet. Following our advice she put the phone in a bowl of rice (it really works). An hour later her mom came by, saw the rice on the kitchen counter, realized its there for lunch, and poured it into a pot with boiling water. The … Continue reading How (Not) To Repair A Phone With Water Damage
KPCB's excellent report is inspiring and scary at the same time. That's what I tell my students - pace of growth is accelerating so fast that you must innovate aggressively and take bigger risks or you'll find yourself out of business faster than you would expect.
It was about time to upgrade my 2009 Macbook Pro, and the new 13" Macbook Air seemed just the right upgrade choice (with 256 SSD drive, 8GB memory and OSX Mountain Lion). First impression: the Macbook Air is blazing fast and it's screen is superb. A new computer is always a good cleanup time. I never auto-migrate … Continue reading What Applications Do I Use on my new Macbook Air?
Sometimes, inheriting a piece of art can cause you lots of trouble. NY Times brings a catch-22 story about the heirs of a NY art dealer who inherited a 1959 work by Rauschenberg called "Canyon". The story goes like this: Because the work includes a stuffed bald eagle, a bird under federal protection, it is … Continue reading A Kafka Art Story Involving an Oil Painting and an Eagle
A few weeks ago it was announced that Facebook acquired face.com - a face recognition startup founded and headed by the uber-talented Gil Hirsch. Face.com's was mainly a B2B company, with individual developers and technology companies building products that rely on their face-recognition API. Alas, comes the exciting Facebook acquisition day, the new owners in the house … Continue reading The Danger of Relying on 3rd Party APIs