One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened. Exhibit A is the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose political education I recently chronicled.
The algorithms Facebook and other tech companies use to boost engagement – and increase profits – have led to spectacular failures of sensitivity and worse.
To get to work in the morning, Omar Akbari has to pass through a minimum of six sealed doors, including an air-locked vestibule. The UC Riverside entomologist studies the world’s deadliest creature: the Aedes aegypti mosquito, whose bite transmits diseases that kill millions each year.
Byzantine civilization, the eastern Roman empire whose capital was at Constantinople, is mostly known today for its spirituality and eccentricities, including the spectacular church of Hagia Sophia (a feat of Roman engineering), glittering mosaics, sombre but colorful icons, ambitious bishops, biz
These days, big data, artificial intelligence and the tech platforms that put them to work have huge influence and power. Algorithms choose the information we see when we go online, the jobs we get, the colleges to which we’re admitted and the credit cards and insurance we are issued.
For me and my co-founders, building our first tech company from the ground up has been both an exhilarating and humbling process. Coming from a corporate background, we had limited experience in scaling a business — and there was a lot of learning to do.
Technology is a ubiquitous part of human life now. How do we make sense of how that makes us feel? As technology pervades every part of our lives, someone talking us through what it means can be a comfort (or a terror, depending on how you’re feeling that day).
Under the Galvin family, Motorola had soaring achievements. This was the company, remember, that invented the cellphone. Those days are over. What went wrong? Scroll or arrow down to keep reading. Published on July 13, 2015.
In real life -- as opposed to blogging -- one of my least favorite things to do is give career planning advice. Most people who say they want career planning advice aren't actually looking for advice -- they just want validation of the path they have already chosen.
This summer marked the 20th anniversary of one of the Harvard Business Review’s most influential articles ever, “Increasing Returns and the New World of Business,” by theoretical economist W. Brian Arthur, who was and remains a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.
I know we all want to do important things. We all want to work on important products, start important companies and accomplish tasks that could change the world and have an enormous impact. I see this in entrepreneurs and the tech community more than anywhere else.
Podcasts have become excellent sources for great storytelling, interviews, and journalism.
By now the headline-getting series of events has become business lore. In the fall of 2011, New York moneyman Daniel Loeb, who runs the $14 billion hedge fund Third Point Capital, staged a raid on Yahoo, the well-known but struggling Silicon Valley company.
From the outside, I look like the worst stereotype of a VR user as I walk around the Virginia Tech Cube. Not only am I blindfolded by an Oculus Rift as I feel my way around, the headset is sporting a 6-inch-high, slightly wobbly 3D-printed antenna.
As the field of UX has grown, the number of places someone might end up plying their craft has proliferated. User-centered design (UCD) has made steady progress into industries from cutting-edge startups to tried-and-true retail giants.
Read the latest on the Las Vegas shooting with Friday’s live updates. LAS VEGAS — The man who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, in a 911 call, as the massacre unfolded.
The master’s degree business is booming. College graduates looking for a leg up in the job market are flocking to one- and two-year programs that promise entry to lucrative careers. Top colleges are more than willing to provide them — for a price.
Greg Pass, the former chief technology officer of Twitter, put the matter succinctly. The M.B.A., he observed, is “a challenged brand.”
You log in to a Linux server with a performance issue: what do you check in the first minute? At Netflix we have a massive EC2 Linux cloud, and numerous performance analysis tools to monitor and investigate its performance.
On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo’s interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company. He had just one meeting to go.
There are three buckets of jobs right now, and each one will be affected by artificial intelligence. So says Clara Shih, CEO of Hearsay Social and a director with Starbucks, during a conversation on Tuesday at Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Colorado.
Increasingly over the years, I have witnessed more companies racking their collective HR brains trying to figure out how to best engage their employees to perform at a high level. Well, put the foosball tables, climbing walls, and nap pods away.
Recently, a Medium think piece hailed the rise of the full-stack employee. Unlike the full-stack engineer, who can seamlessly go from HTML to database scaling, the full-stack employee doesn’t just concentrate on code.
Imagine you are a French lawmaker. For decades, you have protected your nation’s cultural output with the diligence of a gardener tending a fragile patch against invasive killer weeds.
It started with the Boston marathon bombing, four years ago. University of Washington professor Kate Starbird was sifting through thousands of tweets sent in the aftermath and noticed something strange. Too strange for a university professor to take seriously.
When the story of how I landed a job at Airbnb went viral, I was surprised at how infatuated people were with my negotiations. Media stories portrayed me as some kind of master negotiator—a wily ex-poker-player who was able to con the tech giants into a lucrative job offer. This is silly.
Every week you get an invitation to a blockchain conference. Every magazine and newspaper has an article about blockchain, and every company you talk to has an “innovation lab” working on blockchain.
Netscape founder and VC titan Marc Andreessen famously wrote back in 2011 that software is steadily eating the world, disrupting industries like music, retail and more. Now large corporations in these industries are starting to eat startups.
Whether you like it or not, programming is becoming one of the most important skills in the 21st century. You were certainly not the lucky one who had a chance to learn to code in the first-grade as Estonians do but you can definitely catch-up by being smart about your time.
Many of you told us that the Privacy Paradox challenges freaked you out. But you were happy to take back even just a little control. Want to go further? Here's what you can do to protect your personal information. We also heard from you that this problem is bigger than you realized.
SAN FRANCISCO — For Apple, the hard part — making a smartwatch — is nearly over. Soon it will be time for the harder part: selling the long-anticipated Apple Watch to consumers who, so far, are not very excited about the idea of wearing computers on their bodies.
Joy Laskar was not what you’d typically think of as a threat to public safety. At the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he was a professor of electrical engineering, Dr. Laskar did research on chip design. He mentored dozens of Ph.D.
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At 6:30 am, you wake up to a hum of static from your radio alarm clock. For five seconds, maybe ten, you’re content. Then you remember you don’t work for a tech company. In the shower, you tackle the first chore of the day.
Since my Recipe article last week, I’ve gotten to know a bit more about how you all use Evernote. Not unsurprisingly, I’ve discovered that not everyone clips notes in the same way. Some people toss everything into the same notebook, relying on the Search function to find things.
Update: Frog Design has just unveiled their complete list of Tech Trends for 2015. Make sure to check it out for 11 other trends Frog thinks will hit big this year!
Whenever someone asks me about outer space, I get animated. No surprise there. I've made a living speaking to experts and writing about it for more than a decade, and I've read obsessively on the topic for much longer than that.
TL;DR It took me a long time to understand Webpack and how it fits in the build process. This is what I wish someone had told me. How does Webpack compare to Grunt, Gulp, Browserify, Brunch, etc? What's a "development server?" What on earth is require("coffee!./cup.coffee");?
Investor interest in human resources technology companies continues to rise, especially in light of the impressive pace of funding and valuation jumps seen by prominent companies like Zenefits, a cloud-based HR automation tool valued at $4.5B in May 2015.
This story appears in the December 14, 2015 issue of FORBES. The late October offsite meeting for more than 120 of Yahoo’s top executives at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco started well enough. The first day jumped from strategy sessions to upcoming product discussions.
The time a developer spent focusing on writing well-designed code does not translate into the skills necessary for understanding people, resolving conflict, or suddenly having to juggle more tasks than they can possibly achieve by themselves. I present 5 tips for being an effective Tech Lead. 1.
She crunched the cookies in her mouth, carefully mashing them into chunks. She spit. They made a plunk sound as they hit the toilet water. The worst, the absolute worst thing had happened, and now, Maureen was sure, this was her only option. She could not show her face in the seventh grade.
A burger-flipping robot invasion is headed to the Bay Area. A few years ago, startup Momentum Machines unveiled a robot that could churn out 400 burgers an hour, and now, Tech Insider reports, the company is creating a restaurant concept around it.
She slides into the car, and even before she buckles her seat belt, her phone is alight in her hands. A 13-year-old girl after a day of eighth grade. She says hello. Her au pair asks, “Ready to go?”
Okay first, allow me to check my privilege so you don't have to: I am a white woman with a college education. I am married. I live in a beautiful little town in the mountains. I have a career I genuinely like. I am one lucky bitch. And yet.
PARIS — One thousand start-ups in a refurbished train depot as long as the Eiffel Tower lying down. Rooms scattered with Legos and beanbag chairs. Elevated walkways bridging cargo-container offices and open-air desks. Graffitied railway cars transformed into cafes.
Note: there is a list of Frequently Asked Questions at the end of this document. Please read these—twice—before mailing me any questions about this document. Numerous translations of this document are available: Arabic Belorussian Bulgarian Chinese, Czech.
All the great leaders agree that it's critical to hire the best people. "If you always hire people who are smaller than you are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. If, on the other hand, you always hire people who are bigger than you are, we shall become a company of giants." -- David Ogilvy.
Note: This article is from 2014. It’s a little bit out of date now. There’s a updated version for 2017 over on the SuperHi blog here: For 6 years of my professional life, I worked only at startups.
Unilever’s $1 billion acquisition of five-year-old razor blade reseller Dollar Shave Club is a key data point into the health and attitude of the startup environment, but also the way that rapid growth companies in more traditional industries are valued.
It’s a sea of black graduation gowns in the belly of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn one rainy Tuesday evening in June.
I run a job board that caters to tech jobs, primarily web professionals. We’ve been around since 2005. This year has been pretty bonkers compared to previous years. What’s going on here? That’s the million dollar question—and not entirely a figure of speech in this case.
Next month will be the seventh anniversary of the darkest moment in Joy Laskar’s life. State agents for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided the Atlanta home and office of Dr. Laskar, then a celebrated professor of electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Foursquare users who play hooky from work to go see a movie may not “check in” for fear of colleagues seeing their whereabouts, but the app still knows they’re there.
After over a year of development and production use at Netflix, we’re excited to announce that our Continuous Delivery platform, Spinnaker, is available on GitHub. Spinnaker is an open source multi-cloud Continuous Delivery platform for releasing software changes with high velocity and confidence.
More importantly, our TV mode has been engineered specifically to let you run both Android and Android TV apps on one device. So instead of having an Android TV box that doesn’t support your Android phone apps and vice versa, we’ve integrated both into one.
After The Verge reported last October that Texas Tech University’s biological sciences department was allegedly a hostile environment for female students, the Texas Tech administration launched an official investigation.
The tube is out back, 11 feet in diameter, 60 feet long, the unfinished end spiraling into wide ribbons of steel—like a gigantic Pillsbury dough container with its seams gaping open.
The pursuit of finding the best electric skateboard continues, with a startup based out of Orange County, California called Huger Tech.
Mark Rolston used to be CCO at Frog Design. Now he runs his new consultancy, Argodesign. And as part of our Wearables Week, his firm generated a series of concepts based upon our simple mandate: No watches. He points to the modern smartphone as his evidence.
One of the most frustrating things (and there are many) about being a tech activist is how vehemently tech workers defend tech companies.
To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to juggle several hats at the same time. Identifying a problem and developing a scalable solution is the easy bit.
If anyone can call himself a "visual futurist" with a straight face, it's Syd Mead, the legendary concept artist behind Blade Runner, Tron, and Aliens.
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The world’s most prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator published a guide to founding companies called The Startup Playbook. Here are the top tips from YC’s president Sam Altman, accompanied by illustrations from Gregory Koberger.
Don't miss the author's earlier post on the 5 Tips for Being an Effective Tech Lead. The first time a developer steps into the role of a Tech Lead can be difficult. The skills and experience of a seasoned developer do not automatically translate into the skills necessary for the Tech Lead role.
Location, location, location—that adage definitely applies when it comes to coaxing stronger Wi-Fi from your router. In fact, all those things that make your home, well, a house—doors, walls, windows—are impediments for Wi-Fi signals.