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Lessons From a Teenage Cyborg

Lessons From a Teenage Cyborg

“I was born in 2000, I have always lived my life with technology, there hasn’t been any moment without it.” So begins the story of Kai Landre, who recently traveled to the United States from Barcelona to explain his decision to become a cyborg.Strictly speaking, a cyborg is any human being who incorporates—imports into one’s…
Lessons from M-Pesa for Africa’s new VC-rich fintech startups

Lessons from M-Pesa for Africa’s new VC-rich fintech startups

In African fintech, the fourth quarter of 2019 brought big money to new entrants. Chinese investors put $220 million into OPay and PalmPay — two fledgling startups with plans to scale in Nigeria and the broader continent. Several sources told me the big bucks had created anxiety for more than few payments ventures in Nigeria…
Three Lessons Bungie Should Learn From Destiny 2’s Season Of The Undying – Forbes

Three Lessons Bungie Should Learn From Destiny 2’s Season Of The Undying – Forbes

Destiny 2BungieWe are less than two weeks away from the launch of Season of Dawn in Destiny, which is arriving far too fast to really absorb most of the feedback from Season of the Undying. And yet Bungie wants feedback all the same, as it’s how future seasons will be shaped, and while generally speaking,…

Lessons learned building an ML trading system that turned $5k into $200k

One of my recent side projects was building an automated trading system for the crypto markets. To be fair, I probably spent more time on this than on my full-time job, so calling it a side project may not be completely accurate. The internet is full of people ready to teach you about trading. Most…
The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

At WIRED25’s Saturday slime workshop, adults were invited to give in to the powerful, long-suppressed urge to squish gooey things and smell a variety of nostalgic eaux de childhood. Bins full of bright pastels reminiscent of a bubble tea shop wafted scents of coconut cream pie, brown sugar, bread, and oregano. Yes, you could touch…
10 lessons for Disney, Apple and all the new streaming companies

10 lessons for Disney, Apple and all the new streaming companies

The streaming wars — the battle among giant companies that want your eyeballs and credit cards for their subscription services — are officially underway. Earlier this month, Apple launched its Apple TV+ service. Today, Disney launches Disney+. In April, former CEO of DreamWorks Jeffrey Katzenberg and former CEO of eBay Meg Whitman will release Quibi,…
Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra Crunch

Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra Crunch

Subscription has been all the rage in media circles as the industry searches for new, sustainable business models. We’ve seen companies from infrastructure plays like Substack and Pico to brand verticals like Holloway and The Athletic receive venture funding, all with the goal of changing the economics of news, information and entertainment. Every day, I…
Want Free Coding Lessons? Twitch Makes It Happen in Real Time

Want Free Coding Lessons? Twitch Makes It Happen in Real Time

Every Sunday Suz Hinton sits down at her computer to write code. Unlike most programmers who work on open source projects on their own in their spare time, she programs as hundreds of people watch online.Hinton livestreams her screen as she types JavaScript code. But she doesn’t just write code: Hinton also verbally explains what…

Lessons from Stripe

← Home 2019-03 I worked at Stripe for 3+ years, mostly as an engineering manager. The experience taught me a lot. In a few respects though Stripe totally changed my outlook. Here I’ll share what I learned in those areas: optimism, ambition, and recruiting. Optimism Stripe is for optimists. From their values: We believe that…
Lessons from the hardware capital of the world

Lessons from the hardware capital of the world

Key takeaways from a week in Shenzhen A week is obviously not enough time to truly understand a market as massive and fascinating as China. Hell, it’s not really even enough time to adjust to the 12-hour time difference from New York. That said, each of the three visits I’ve taken to the country in…

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Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn

This isn't Aladdin — The series has already generated a small religious controversy over "immoral scenes." Jennifer Ouellette - Jun 23, 2019 2:30 pm UTC Supernatural creatures threaten a group of high school students in the new Netflix series Jinn.A high school field trip to the ancient archaeological site of Petra turns tragic, and supernatural creatures…

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