When Tech Loves Its Fiercest Critics, Buyer Beware

Detail from the cover of Harari’s lastest work, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. A year and a half ago I reviewed Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, recommending it to the entire industry with this subhead: “No one in tech is talking about Homo Deus. We most certainly should be.”...Read more

Lazy Ad Buying Is Killing The Open Web.

But…I just *bought* a robe. I don’t want another one. If you’re read my rants for long enough, you know I’m fond of programmatic advertising. I’ve called it the most important artifact in human history, replacing  the Macintosh as the most significant tool ever created. So yes, I think programmatic...Read more

This Is How Walmart Beats Amazon

A scenario from the future (cross posted from NewCo Shift) In my last post I imagined a world in which large data-driven platforms like Amazon, Google, Spotify, and Uber are compelled to share machine-readable copies of data to their users. There are literally scores, if not hundreds of wrinkles to...Read more

Facebook Can’t Fix This.

The last 24 hours have not been kind to Facebook’s already bruised image. Above are four headlines, all of which clogged my inbox as I cleared email after a day full of meetings. Let’s review: Any number of Facebook’s core customers – advertisers – are feeling duped and cheated (and have felt...Read more

Amazon And The Bridge Too Far

Yesterday, I lost it over a hangnail and a two-dollar bottle of hydrogen peroxide. You know when a hangnail gets angry, and a tiny red ball of pain settles in for a party on the side of your finger? Well, yeah. That was me last night. My usual solution is...Read more

Cloudflare and the Art of Breaching Moats

Cloudflare founders Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn (image) The company could seek rent. Instead, it finds false market barriers and merrily breaches them. (Cross posted from NewCo Shift) We don’t usually cover news here at NewCo Shift, this is more of a place for analysis and Thinking Out Loud. And...Read more

Governance, Technology, and Capitalism.

Or, Will Nature Just Shrug Its Shoulders? If you pull far enough back from the day to day debate over technology’s impact on society – far enough that Facebook’s destabilization of democracy, Amazon’s conquering of capitalism, and Google’s domination of our data flows start to blend into one broader, more...Read more