Born in the NSA!

Instead of concealing their backgrounds at America’s largest intelligence agency, many former NSA staffers with serious chops in Internet security, data mining, pipeline tapping and software development are proudly promoting their espionage backgrounds -and launching startups.

5 product design mistakes you need to avoid

Recently, I gave a talk on digital product design at Google’s Mountain View headquarters to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs and product veterans. While the audience asked a ton of great questions, I was surprised by how many of both audience types approached me afterward to thank me for sharing (what I thought were) fairly basic mistakes that stand in the way of great product design.

How to be a human in a startup

I helped all of these tech startups get off the ground and as soon as they closed their seed funding they came back to me and said, “Hey, we need people who understand how to work in startups.”

Tech stock correction? This has all happened before

In the last two weeks there’s been a flurry of articles about the implications of a 25 percent decline in the public market value of a bunch of Internet stocks. They range from “the sky is falling” to “the IPO market window is closing” to “there will be more stupid television shows about Silicon Valley” (I prefer Game of Thrones and 24, thank you very much.)