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The Return of Fake News—and Lessons From Spam

The Return of Fake News—and Lessons From Spam

Michael Brochstein/Getty ImagesThe information ecosystem is broken. Our political conversations are happening on infrastructure—Facebook, YouTube, Twitter—built for viral advertising. The velocity of social sharing, the power of recommendation algorithms, the scale of social networks, and the accessibility of media manipulation technology has created an environment where pseudo-events, half-truths, and outright fabrications thrive. Edward Murrow has…
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…

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…
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…
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,…
Lessons from scorching hot weirdo-planets

Lessons from scorching hot weirdo-planets

Q&A(stronony) — The first kind of exoplanet found, Hot Jupiters still perplex and captivate 25 years later. John Wenz, Knowable Magazine - Dec 22, 2019 3:00 pm UTC Enlarge / 1800 degrees Fahrenheit? That is a hot Jupiter, eh?In 1995, after years of effort, astronomers made an announcement: They’d found the first planet circling a…
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…
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…
8 life lessons everyone should learn before 2020 – CNET

8 life lessons everyone should learn before 2020 – CNET

Anything you do online can come back to bite you. Angela Lang/CNET This story is part of The 2010s: A Decade in Review, a series on the memes, people, products, movies and so much more that have influenced the 2010s. It's been a decade full of tough lessons: who to trust, when to speak out…
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,…

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In February, Blizzard announced a new Hearthstone e-sports program, called the Masters Tour, to pit the game’s best players against each other for a chance to win the acclaim of the internet (and potentially a lot of money). A European leg of the tour is currently happening in Bucharest, and you can catch the action…
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