Tag: Personal

Mark Zuckerberg just turned up the dopamine. Here’s how

Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, announced that Facebook would be showing us more of our friends and family and less news and corporate stuff on our news feed. For the past few months I’ve been studying social media with fresh eyes since learning more about my addiction to it, and other things. Here’s one … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg just turned up the dopamine. Here’s how

Maryam’s mom dies

Maryam woke me up this morning crying. “I want my mommy,” she wimpered. Last night her mom died after suffering a stroke on Monday. There is nothing worse than not being able to do something about someone else’s pain. Mahin Ayatollahzadeh, Maryam’s mom, was always on my side and she was quite a special woman … Continue reading Maryam’s mom dies

My Magic Leap skepticism and optimism explained: no matter what this is an important product for our future

So Magic Leap has uncloaked. Rolling Stone has the best look at the technology so far. Those I look up to in the industry who have seen it, from friends to people like investor Benedict Evans, who works at A16, are mostly excited. Benedict has been tweeting about his excitement for some time, and repeats … Continue reading My Magic Leap skepticism and optimism explained: no matter what this is an important product for our future

Getting Ready for 2020: learning about SLAM and AR and the backend for XR with founder of Escher Reality (and a first use of Descript podcasting service)

Recently I sat down for a long conversation with the founder of Escher Reality, Ross Finman, which claims it has the most advanced augmented reality API. This was an audio-only recording, so it also gave me a chance to try out the new Descript Podcasting Service that was turned on yesterday. The 50-minute recording is … Continue reading Getting Ready for 2020: learning about SLAM and AR and the backend for XR with founder of Escher Reality (and a first use of Descript podcasting service)

Why I’m still so optimistic about VR/XR/AR: Wolves in the Walls shows why

“Wolves in the Walls“, which I got an early look at, changed my life and changed my expectations of what entertainment will look like over next decade.    If you go to Sundance make sure you experience this.   Why did it change my expectations?   The character talks to you. Looks at you. Interacts … Continue reading Why I’m still so optimistic about VR/XR/AR: Wolves in the Walls shows why

WEYV aims at Spotify’s weaknesses

WEYV is a new music app for Android and iOS that lets you build custom playlists. Lets you get rid of explicit music that Spotify doesn’t let you get rid of from playlists (I hit that problem all the time when listening to the top 50 music which includes a lot of music with language … Continue reading WEYV aims at Spotify’s weaknesses

I’ve been thinking about self-driving cars wrong: it’s a human problem

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours talking with Forrest Iandola, cofounder of Deep Scale.ai. He’s one of the most brilliant entrepreneurs I’ve met along my journey. We were in a small group discussion at the Founders Field Day, thrown by Rothenberg Ventures (I snapped this photo afterward, that’s him on the right at the Audi … Continue reading I’ve been thinking about self-driving cars wrong: it’s a human problem

Fun playing with Drones while Elon announces a new freaking-fast roadster

Tonight I attended the Flying Robot Film Festival where we saw a ton of short movies all done, at least in part, with drones. More info on this film festival, which will be held in several cities, is here: http://friff.co/ At the afterparty I shot this video. While I was doing that Elon Musk was … Continue reading Fun playing with Drones while Elon announces a new freaking-fast roadster

Autodesk goes augmented, er, automated

You might not know Autodesk well, but nearly everything in your world, from movies to cars to skyscrapers to even the shoes you wear have been designed in Autodesk’s software. Right now I’m on Twitter’s Periscope watching Autodesk’s CEO speaking at its big conference live right now. (Separate stream on Facebook is here). And already … Continue reading Autodesk goes augmented, er, automated

If this passes Silicon Valley’s wealth generation engine will die

I’ve met with government officials all over the world and one of their first questions often is “how can we build a Silicon Valley here?” My first answer is “figure out how to keep your geeks in your country and let them get rewarded for building companies.” Today Fred Wilson (VC who invested in Twitter … Continue reading If this passes Silicon Valley’s wealth generation engine will die