1. Top 10 Columns for 2015

    2015 saw 42 new unicorn companies ($1B+ valuation) take center stage, the most ever, and a clear indication that the scalability of Internet will redefine the business landscape for generations to come. For this reason, no industries are safe, nor should they be. Many are anxiously awaiting drone delivery from companies like Amazon, but few realize the vast majority of drone delivery will happen o…Read More

  2. The Trillion-Sensor Movement

    When was the last time you called a repairman to work on the mattress for your bed? At a recent hotel stay I found myself sleeping on a Sleep Number bed that seemed to adjust itself in the middle of the night. At times I’d wake up on a totally deflated bed and others it would be rock hard. Rather amusing, but not really very comfortable. Naturally the value of a hi-tech bed is diminished when yo…Read More

  3. Why no industries are safe… nor should they be

    The first Internet gold rush ended poorly. In 2000 we entered the new millennium waiting to see if Y2K would destroy the world, but instead it was our over valued Internet stocks that caused markets to crash. The second Internet gold rush was just getting started when, in 2007, we watched our global financial systems implode and for several years nothing important got funded. Rather than solving w…Read More

  4. Reaching 1 Billion Drones by 2030

    I was recently honored to be a guest speaker at a conference hosted by Mark Wilkins, Kevin Kelly, and the good people at Stampede on the “future of the drone industry” in Buffalo, NY. While most businesses are taking a wait and see attitude with flying drones, Stampede has not only embraced them, but is formulating much of their future audio-visual business strategy around using drones to scal…Read More

  5. Five-Part Sharing-Economy Solution to the Refugee Crisis

    A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on CCTV, the Chinese-American television channel for an interview about the topic of border walls. With the crisis in Syria deepening, affecting bordering countries and virtually all of the European Union, the show’s moderator asked me a series of tough questions about immigration trends and whether border walls, like the one proposed in Hungary, would becom…Read More

  6. The Perfection Quandary

    I often wake up in the middle of the night with a big idea, something I’ve dubbed the grand epiphany. But as it turns out, very few actually fit into the “grand” category. Whenever they do, big ideas carries with them a heavy responsibility, the responsibility of either moving them forward or allowing them to die in the silent echo chambers of our own grey matter. For this reason, I’ve oft…Read More

  7. The Future of the Darknet: 9 Critically Important Predictions

    Have you ever run across a situation so frustrating that you wished you could hire a “fixer?” Maybe it has to do with gangs moving into your neighborhood, or the local slumlord not willing to repair a dangerous situation, or a local politician taking bribes, or finding out that your husband is also married to someone else in another state. My guess is that we’ve all run into problems that ar…Read More

  8. The Day the Banking Industry Died

    It was rather anticlimactic when it finally happened, but the front door simply failed to open. There was no “going out of business” sale, no press conferences, no people gathered around to claim what was theirs. Instead, this once bustling institution that built the tallest building in Cleveland, Ohio, full of glass and fancy furniture, had breathed its last breath. Make no mistake, the rich …Read More

  9. Our Emerging Superhero Culture

    When my oldest son Darby was 8 years old, he looked at his 3-year old sister, Shandra, and pointedly said, “She’s worthless! She couldn’t save anyone!” I was always amazed at this line of thinking because somewhere in his mind our primary reason for living was to save people. For him, making a name for yourself was not about being a regular hero, but a superhero. Whether it’s Iron Man, B…Read More

  10. Teaching Robots to Fight Wars

    A robot does not kill someone out of fear, anger, or desperation. They kill because someone told them to do it. At least that the way it works with our current generation of robots. What comes next may be a different story. Normally, when we think about war, it has to do with countries using their armies to fight other countries, or in the case of a civil war, countries torn apart by internal riva…Read More