One Country. Two Worlds. One Idea.

Lately, I’ve felt increasingly conflicted. I’ve spent the past ten-plus years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley as an author, entrepreneur, and angel investor. The optimism here is endless, and fear does not exist. Yet, I grew up in Colfax, California, a small rural town three hours away where the biggest story… continue reading »

Why Google CEO Page should friend Amazon’s Bezos

Published originally on MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. has reached another fascinating period of its growth and evolution. Three years ago, the Internet giant risked becoming the next Microsoft as it became more political and bureaucratic on the back of astronomical growth. But Larry Page’s return as CEO has brought welcomed product focus, leadership,… continue reading »

The Little “Nudges” that Would Make Even Churchill Proud

Last week, thanks to Kieron Boyle, Head of Social Finance and Investment at the UK Cabinet Office, who I was introduced to by Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and special assistant to President Obama, I had the privilege of visiting 10 Downing Street with a group of BLK SHP… continue reading »

What Google Could Learn from Pixar

Google has reached a pivotal moment in its history. What can it do to expand beyond its incredible core business, which is now reaching a more mature phase? For insight on how it can develop, let’s look to Pixar. Pixar is as close to a constant learning organization as there is, with a proven ability… continue reading »

Is Google at Risk of Becoming the Next Microsoft?

Published originally on TechCrunch. In late April, JP Morgan unexpectedly invited me to a “thought leaders dinner” to discuss the latest goings on in Silicon Valley and digital media. In a private room at the San Francisco restaurant Kokkari, there were about 20 of us seated around a long rectangular table, including venture capitalists from… continue reading »


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