Category Archives: Life

When Money Becomes Not Real


I watched the following TEDx talk by Adam Carroll this morning. The topic? Money when it’s not “real”. Cash is tangible. You can hold it. If you spend it, you don’t have it anymore. Credit cards, less so. You swipe, and digitally you have more debt you need to pay off at some point in the future. But, 10 minutes later, you can go to a different store and go farther into debt. The next iteration is digital payments. Apple Pay. Tap, and be done. I’ve long worried about what will happen to consumer debt once you can put a $100, or $1000, transaction onto your credit card in less than 1 second by swiping your … Continue reading

7 Words to Describe Yourself

I read GothamGal’s post this morning about the 7 words you would use to describe yourself. For me? How about… Loyal, driven, passionate, honest, travel-obsessed, community-minded, curious. What about for you?

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Can Technology Make Someone More Empathetic?


From Wikipedia: Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another’s shoes From my perspective, increasing empathy is one of the most important aspects of improving the world. Without empathy, people are not likely to spend much time or money helping others. Without empathy, people will go on living their lives with no regard to others, shaming people left and right without regard to the damage that does. More cyberbullying. Humiliation. Shaming. See Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk on this topic: How do we increase empathy? Nicholas Kristof wrote about this topic earlier this year, saying: Let’s encourage student service … Continue reading

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Do You Gossip?

If so, you’re wasting your time on shit that doesn’t matter. There are far better things to do with your life than worry about other people’s drama. [via The One Effect]

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What’s Your Dream Company?

I was just going through the sign up process of Poachable to see how they approach the user experience, given there are some high level similarities between hidden inventory of employees that are only poachable by the right trusted companies/roles and the hidden inventory of places to stay, only available within highly trusted networks (what we are focused on at Horizon). Here’s the first screen: What’s my dream company? That’s a tricky one. I of course know my email, and that my dream role would either be VP of Business Development or Product (or CEO) — but when it comes to my dream company, I really have no idea. Granted, the reason behind that is I’m working on my own startup, Horizon, and … Continue reading

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Mass Automation and the Lack of Human Interaction

I wrote about Fatdoor’s recent announcement they are relaunching social networks for neighborhoods, with shared robots as a part of the offering. Since then, I’ve engaged in a 45 minute talk with a high school friend, some Skype debate with Will Moyer, and a 20 minute conversation over coffee yesterday with a fellow entrepreneur in the real estate vertical. The topic: what are the long term implications of mass automation? There are two big ones, in my opinion. De-humanization of day to day life, and economic. We all know that Uber is going to put self driving cars on their transportation grid. I’m not sure Lyft will take that plunge (their tag line is “Your friend … Continue reading

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Live at Slane Castle

For the first time in over a year, I’m watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers DVD, Live at Slane Castle (affiliate link). It’s my favorite DVD of all time. And, hands down, it’s the best investment I’ve ever made. $15 in 2003 or 2004, and I’ve watched it at least 100 times over the years. Probably more. It was the default choice for entertainment after parties at my fraternity. And on off nights, well we watched it then too. Post college, we’d turn it on after the bars. If you like the Chili Peppers, buy it. Now. And even if you aren’t a diehard RHCP fan, buy it anyway. It’ll be the best $9 you’ve ever spent. … Continue reading