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Will AirPods spark the next technology wave? How ‘personal audio computing’ could reshape the industry

Note: This post originally appeared on GeekWire on April 27, 2019 Me, with my AirPods in, like always. (David Zager Photo) Phone, keys, wallet. Oh, and AirPods. It’s happened to me, and I bet it’s happened to you too. The trio of daily accessories I stuff into my pockets has become a quartet. What began as simply […]

How I ditched my car and went full Uber

Note: This post originally appeared on GeekWire on March 8, 2016 In May of last year, I finally pulled the trigger: I got rid of my car, a 2013 Honda Civic. I was paying an exorbitant amount for parking as a resident of Seattle’s popular Capitol Hill neighborhood. And, as an unmarried, mid-twenties male, insurance companies […]

23 Events, 6 Years, and Countless Friends: How Startup Weekend Shaped My Life

This piece was originally an impassioned Facebook post that quickly became the longest I’d ever written. After I published it, UP Global syndicated it on their blog, so I figured I may as well do it too. It is the most cathartic thing I’ve ever published here. It is nearly impossible to accurately measure the impact […]

If We’re in a Bubble, What Should An Entrepreneur Do?

There’s been a lot of talk recently, most credibly by Bill Gurley[1], that we’re in the midst of a bubble that’s due to pop. I won’t speculate on the magnitude of such a decline, but what goes up must come down eventually, and we’ve certainly got a wealth of capital available to startups right now. In this […]

18 Observations from CES 2015

Ah, CES. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the closest thing we’ve got to a World’s Fair in our modern era. It promises to show off visions of the future alongside the newest technology we’ve got today. After spending the past few days down in Las Vegas, I’ve put together some observations of general trends from […]

Bitcoin and Thoughts From Bill Gates

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Bitcoin recently. Here are some of Bill Gates’ thoughts that I’ve pulled together: “[Its] unique position arises from a number of elements. TCP/IP protocols that define its transport level support distributed computing and scale incredibly well. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has defined an evolutionary path […]

Instant Karma At SXSW

I’ve long been a believer in Karma. Not in a supernatural way, but in the idea that through a series of loose and indirect actions that help others, what goes around does indeed come around. This week, at SXSW, I experienced full-blown instant Karma, and the story is too good not to share. I left […]

Grassroots Innovation: It’s about Permission

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the UP America Summit, in friendly Iowa City, Iowa. It was put on by UP Global, the folks behind Startup Weekend, StartupDigest, NEXT, and Startup America. They got a bunch of us who run innovation programs together for a dedicated corporate track, to share our common learnings, […]

Passive Calorie Tracking Will Be A Gold Mine

Consider these two statements: 1. Humans are generally lazy. 2. If you measure something, and can see the results, it will improve. Weight loss and gain are approximately determined by the simple laws of thermodynamics. If you put more energy into your body than you require, it will be stored as mass, and vice versa. […]

My Measured Life: Graphs and Insights from Wearing The BodyMedia Fit Armband

For the past few weeks, I’ve been wearing the BodyMedia Fit Link Armband. It provides a measurement of how many Calories per minute I’m burning. Using a combination of motion measurement with an accelerometer, steps taken, galvanic skin response (skin moisture), skin temperature, and heat flux (heat produced by the body that escapes), it can […]