Monthly Archives: March 2015

Should Your Mobile App Shutter Your Web Site?

Last week, Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce firm, and its fashion subsidiary Myntra, announced that they shuttered their mobile Web sites. According to the article, which has a good analysis on zdnet, their desktop Web site is still active, but they are … Continue reading

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Should Apple and Microsoft Buy an Online Backup Company?

Yesterday, I read an article which claimed that 30% of people have never backed up, while the overwhelming majority are way behind on backups. In the early 1990s, about a year into my very first job out of college at a large global financial, I … Continue reading

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Engineer Your Core, But Only Your Core

When do you buy? When do you build? This question of “buy vs. build” is at the heart of many a debate in companies, not only inside engineering teams, but between engineering, product management and executives. Fact #1: Engineering is Hard Engineering … Continue reading

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Software Engineering and Human Nature

This morning, Adrian Colyer posted his morning paper on a “functional programming.” Most readers  of this blog are not deep into different programming paradigms, so I will give a very short layman’s overview here. For those who are comfortable, jump ahead … Continue reading

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The Power of Visualization

Once in a while, we come across a perfect example of how everyday technology can improve our understanding. It is not radical new technology, like nanoparticles fighting cancer, but great usage of tools that are widely available. Understanding Math I earned my Bachelor … Continue reading

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Experience Matters… Especially In a Startup

There is a belief in startup-land that you have to be younger than ___ to successfully innovate. To some extent, that is driven by the youth of the founders of a few highly successful companies like Facebook and Twitter, magnified by the … Continue reading

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Yahoo’s On-Demand (In)Security

Passwords are insecure and annoying. I get that, I have written about it, and I experience it. So lots of companies and organizations are working on replacing passwords with something that is both more secure and more convenient. For example, Twitter’s … Continue reading

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HP Printing Is An Ink Company, Not a Printer Company

Late last night, Hunter Walk, of HomeBrew Seed Stage VC, tweeted out the following: This shouldn’t be too surprising; people and businesses buy the machine once, but the K-Cup refills are bought over and over again. This is why Keurig … Continue reading

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It’s Always About the People (Even in Tech)

Two months ago, I posted an article about a United Airlines series of failures that, if not so painful for their paying customers – and their employees too – would be laughable. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading an … Continue reading

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Licenses as Premium Pricing

Two weeks ago, we argued that, in the face of competition (and there is always competition), “Premium Pricing Just Doesn’t Last.” At the same time, there always will be premium priced products – Tesla and BMW, Apple Watch Edition, Oracle … Continue reading

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