technology

DLD Sync: Moving A Conference Online

When the coronavirus crisis hit it quickly became obvious that DLD – one of Europe’s most prominent technology conferences – needed a new, virtual discussion format. Since the pandemic made physical events impossible for the

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Innovation: Made in U.S.A.

Italian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: Timbuktu founders Cavallo (l.) and Favilli Why is it that groundbreaking, world-changing products so often originate in the United States? I’d argue the case of Aereo vs. Old-School Television provides

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Zeros and Ones


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How’s this for irony? The machine we invented to help us better manage the complexities of human life has somehow turned things around and is remaking our human world in its own image. More and

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Dr. Dre, Meet DJ. Eric

As iPods and smartphones put music in every pocket, somewhere along the way headphones became a fashion statement. When I reviewed the original Beats by Dr. Dre for Ubergizmo.com back in 2008, it was mostly

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A Heart for Invention

Dr. Thomas Fogarty with a model of the human heart. Until fairly recently, trouble with the pump that keeps us going used to mean that surgeons had to cut the body open and try to

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Futurist Paul Saffo in front of an ATM

The Future of Money

The moment of truth for any analyst and forecaster comes when looking back: five years on, how true or false do your predictions turn out to be? Well, kudos to Paul Saffo, Managing Director of

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early Google article, 1999

Google’s First Steps

My article for “Start” magazine, a sister publication of “Stern,” back in the spring of 1999. Photo credit: William Mercer McLeod When I rang the doorbell of a nondescript suburban home in Menlo Park, back

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The Third Industrial Revolution

What happens when cleantech meets peer-to-peer and the sharing economy? Imagine if we’d all have solar panels on the roofs of our homes, companies had green buildings, perhaps their own wind parks, and the electric

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