For AI startups, just like API startups going full stack in a particular market might be more successful than providing a generic service.
Andrew Leonard has nice post on medium which summarizes a lot of the current angst around Amazon's use of open source to power its services. (A post with one of the best blog graphics I've seen in a long while: it's worth clicking through even just for that!). The current controversy revolves around Elastic's changes … Continue reading Closing up Open Source is not the answer to AWS
How acceptable is it for a civic tech project to make a profit?
Brexit day plus one. Looks like no-one can figure out how to turn out the lights in the house of commons...
The healthcare debate in the United States often centers on where the boundary between social and personal responsability lies. What seemingly always gets missed is that the absence of state healthcare provision allows healthcare companies to run rampant in pricing their drugs and services.
The web turns 30, it's time to make sure it remains a truly open driver of good
This week's post is inspired by a tweet from Matthew Ingram's and Jeff Borek's perfect reaction to it: https://twitter.com/jeffborek/status/1089250900667846656 What happens when all the trustful information is restricted? It was Jarrod Dicker's original tweet which lead to the twitter discussion on the topic: https://twitter.com/jarroddicker/status/1088810263044915201 The tweets and the discussion are thought-provoking. On the one hand, … Continue reading Freedom of Information
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html NYTimes: "The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite" I figure a month is a safe time to let go by before writing about a press hot-button topic from late January: Robots, Automation and the plots of the Elite. I say this in a tongue in cheek manner because while there are some real … Continue reading Automation Clickbait
On @kiva, @ZidishaInc, new blog post: "Lending a Billion, $25 at a Time"
I'm a huge fan of Clayton Christensen. He has a clarity of thought and a way of story-telling which makes not only compelling listening but helps spark insight. Here is a great lesser known piece which caused me to think this past week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6JYk5aCB4A Christensen makes two provocative and interesting points: He argues that without … Continue reading Clayton Christensen on Religion, Markets, and Investors