Spreadsheet Culture vs. Deck Culture

In the past 3 years I've worked in two incredibly different environments - one that's almost exclusively data-oriented, filled with data scientist and engineers; another that's almost entirely language- and visually-driven, filled with strategists and writers and creatives. Both approaches have their benefits - and both are reflective of the…

VR Has A Trial Problem

I'm a relative VR newb. I've experienced it a only a few times, in a few different contexts. I was skeptical the first time I tried it. I'm a skeptic no more. Here's what did it for me: One of our teams has built a VR experience for a client…

Unlocking The Data In Our Homes

I'm a relatively new homeowner. We moved into our place in September, and aside from a few coats of paint and some cosmetic fixes, we didn't have much to do. But I've been thinking a lot about home ownership and residential real estate over the past few years, and it…

Your Chatbot Is Unlikable

I logged into my trading platform on Sunday night and was greeted with a promotional prompt for a new product. These are frequent and useful, usually involving a new way to visualize options strategies or route orders more fluidly. But this one was a bit different - an introduction to…

Twitter Could Have Been A Protocol

I've always been a big fan of Twitter as a platform. But like most people I've met who share that sentiment, I'm a bit disappointed by the grown-up it's become. I've been involved with it as an end user (I have mutliple active accounts), as an Ads Platform partner (I…

Explaining Slack to Normals

Slack was in the news quite a bit yesterday. As far as Microsoft's entry into the market and Slack's response, I'm intrigued but not interested enough to really take a position. I think it's a natural side effect of success to have larger companies copy your features and try to…

Getting Smart, Fast

It's a pretty common occurence in any kind of consulting services business to have to get smart, quickly about a given industry, topic or company. Often we only have a few days or weeks to make ourselves proficient in the language, mechanics and tropes a particular part of the business…

Shutting Down Side Projects

For as long as I can remember, I've had a couple of side projects going. Often, they're software projects that help me exercise my coding brain and get to know new technologies; other times they're more content-oriented, sometimes they're explorations of a potential business ideas. Sometimes they're a little bit…

Where Is Fintech's Killer App?

At this point, there are literally hundreds of FinTech companies out there, vying for my access to by bank accounts and my assets. I'm an early adopter type, and I"m particularly interested in the intersection of tech and finance. But here's the thing - while I'm excited about the…

Alexa Ruined My Other Interfaces

Two days ago I walked in the door, cracked a frosty beverage, and uttered a now-familiar refrain: "Alexa, what's the news?" Silence. I asked again. Still nothing. And so I walked over to my Echo only to find that it was - gasp - unplugged (my wife has never cared…