Another Chapter

Talking without talking

I received a call this weekend from the daughter of an old friend informing me that he has a fatal brain tumor and isn't expected to last much longer. Thirty minutes later, I was driving South in the general direction of Dallas, hoping beyond hope that I'd get a chance to talk with him before…

It has been busy...

A colleague pointed out last week that my blog wasn't even resolving anymore. I had completely forgotten about it, to be honest. For those of you who aren't aware, we wound down StartupCity Des Moines last year in September when our funding concluded, and the startups have repotted themselves in new soil and are thriving…

There is no such thing as network neutrality

You may have read yesterday that a Nascar slide full of technology companies sent a nastygram to the FCC calling for non-discriminatory policies by the FCC to preserve a free and open Internet. There is no such thing as network neutrality. You’re being played. Imagine a chess game, but with four players. Each player…

Digital Literacy 101

My eldest daughter, Emma (12), came in this morning asking if she could create an Instagram account. Her friends, she argued, were all on Instagram, so she needs to be in order to communicate with them. We pointed out to her (for the fourth time, by my count) that the terms of service on Instagram…

You are at the bottom of the org chart

If you are part of government, you work for the people, the voters, the people who pay your paycheck with their tax dollars. If you work for a company, and you are not an individual contributor, your job is to help your employees do their job the best way you can. Your job is to…

SDE

A long time ago in a Valley far, far away, I was part of a company that shipped a bunch of products. The products were quite complex, and resulted in numerous support calls when customers couldn't divine how to make their purchased equipment function as they intended. Regularly, the good folks from the various technical…