“A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it, exceeds the value of the company that creates it. Then it’s a platform.” — Bill Gates

For a platform to have meaningful impact, both the platform vendor and the developers on the platform need a value exchange that…


The story of the blind men and the elephant tells a visual story of how humans can perceive the same thing very differently based on their individual perspective.

In the tech industry today, we talk a lot about privacy and how certain companies or products violate said privacy. One thing…


This morning wired published an article titled YES, BIG PLATFORMS COULD CHANGE THEIR BUSINESS MODELS which argues that ad driven business models are the root of all evil online. The article argues

The few companies that control our digital public sphere — Facebook, Google, and Twitter — are all driven…


I was recently called out on Twitter for dismissing this post titled The Facebook Era is Over which pointed to a number of trends working against Facebook which would soon diminish the service. …


I’ve often seen the phrase “strong opinions, weakly held” used to indicate both a focused approach to achieving an outcome but also flexibility in the face of new data. …


Dan McComas, former head of product at Reddit, gave a very candid interview about why he thinks modern social media sites like Reddit have made the world a worse place.

His core argument is that VC-funded social media sites only care about one thing and that is growth. More users…


Twitter as a service is widely known for the toxic behavior of a subset of its users. In addition, the company has done a worse job than its peers in giving people the impression that it cares or knows how to deal with these toxic users.

One key flaw in…


I recently tweeted the following advice for Twitter’s leadership and thought it was worth expanding on in a blog post.

Two things that separate successful products from the rest of the pack is the ability of the product team to set the right goals and flexibility in the face…


Today I was pleasantly surprised to see Facebook announced plans crackdown on ad targeting by email without consent. For people in the ad tech space, it’s understood that what Cambridge Analytica did

  • creating a profile of various users without their consent AND
  • targeting them individually with custom tailored ads

is…


This morning I read Steve Yegge’s post on why he left Google to join Grab. If you read the post in it’s entirety it seems to contain a contradiction, as he states his reasons for reason are basically due to the company’s

  1. Risk aversion
  2. Politics
  3. Arrogance
  4. Competitor instead of customer…

Dare Obasanjo

"Everything you touch you change. Everything you change, changes you" - Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

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