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The Baby, The Bathwater and The Backlash

It’s been a long time coming. But not all that long. After 30 years of exploration, we find ourselves at war with the Internet we created. Vices often begin as prescriptions for what ails us. It took about 100 years to first popularize and…
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The VC’s Revenge: We’re Not Going Anywhere

Somewhere just below hedge fund managers and slightly above stock brokers on the scale of “I just don’t get what they do all day” are the Venture Capitalists. Venture capital (VC) is money provided to various ages and stages of companies…
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Walk 10,000 Steps? Spend $10,000 Dollars? It’s All the Same to your New Fitness Band

The set of people who want to know how many steps they’ve walked each day is finite. Chances are if you’re counting steps you already own a Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung or other fitness wearables. Broadening that world means giving those devices…
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Farts and Boogers are Back in Style

You can tell a lot about a nation by the games it plays. And boy, what a difference a year can make. Just one year ago at Toy FairNY, one of the largest showcases for the toy industry, words like “inclusivity” and “diversity”, and…
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Data Has a PR Problem

“In God we trust; all others bring data”. The rallying cry of the data-driven analytical thinking has shaped our lives for the last two decades. Google, IBM, Facebook, Amazon ravenously gobble and analyze data 24/7 in the hopes of gaining…
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It’s No Wonder We’re All Online Liars

On the eve of Facebook’s 15th Anniversary, I paused long enough to remember how I got my start. 2006 was the first year I was a legitimate user, but way back in 2004, when I first read about this college campus experiment, I knew I had to…
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Facebook Messenger for Kids Comes Under Attack; We Gave it An Award

For the past nine years, my company has run the KapiAwards at CES. A group of cross-genre judges from the toy industry, educators, investors, game developers and more get together to decide which ten products deserve to be called out…
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Techie Savior Syndrome and the Future of Digital Health

Silicon Valley’s behavioral pattern is, by now, predictable. They recognize a pattern in need of disruption and then swoop in, like binary superheroes, to set things right. Whether it’s education, entertainment, or health, there’s something…
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When Parents’ Behavior Sucks, Trying to Protect Kids from the Internet is Futile

When Parents’ Behavior Sucks, Trying to Protect Kids from the Internet is Futile Do as I say, not as I do. It’s the rallying cry of a generation of parents who live on their mobile devices yet bemoan their children’s addictive online…