In Moscow Today, Entrepreneurs Not Oligarchs

June 23, 2014

It took several days to penetrate beyond the Moscow of the tour guide to the Moscow I wanted to see — the one of the Muscovite entrepreneur. Having read about opportunities and fast growth in the BRIC countries, it was hard to believe Russia was last on my list. I’d already seen the enormous energy in Brazil, […]

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Moscow: Beautiful Architecture, Grumpy People

June 20, 2014

Like everywhere else I’ve been, Moscow is full of surprises, the more so for me because I grew up in the Stalinist era when propaganda from both sides of the Cold War depicted Russia as a communist country in which no one was allowed to be rich and  starving people queued up for bread in […]

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My Phone Loves Me, I Know He Does

June 17, 2014

If you haven’t seen the movie “Her,” in which a man falls in love with his operating system, don’t bother. Soon enough you are probably going to live it. Argus Labs, a data analytics company,  has an SDK and API that can take whatever data is already on your smart phone and use it to […]

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London’s Silicon Roundabout is No Longer a Joke

June 12, 2014

Shoreditch High Street looks nothing like it did two and a half years ago when I first visited TechHub, the London accelerator and collaborative workspace co-founded by Mike Butcher, European editor of Tech Crunch. At the time, the entire Old Street/Shoreditch area was pretty unpopular, but in an incredibly short time all that seems to […]

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Online Advertising Grows Up

June 5, 2014

The ad tech industry may be in danger of growing up. This morning I attended the AppNexus Europe Summit and I actually was able to understand most of what the presenters were talking about. It seemed as if the speakers were actually knowledgable, rather than just salespeople throwing around a bunch of scripted buzz words. […]

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Square’s New Service Can Make it or Break It

May 29, 2014

I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone figured out that lending to small business is a huge market. Of course the big banks already know this, but they are highly regulated and they have processes and procedures in place to make sure they make the fewest possible number of loans at the least possible […]

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Pushy, Bossy, Polarizing Woman: That’d Be Me

May 18, 2014

I am a pushy, bossy, polarizing woman. I grew up in New York City, and competed to get into Bronx High School of Science and college. That’s where I learned to be pushy. I kept on going until I had a Ph.D.   Besides being a professor, I’ve worked in advertising briefly, and started three […]

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Worn Out on Wearables

April 23, 2014

No wonder it’s rumored that Nike is getting out of the fitness hardware device business. I’d like to get out of it myself, but I’ve become addicted to the data that proves I’ve completed 10,000 steps a day and slept 8 hours, despite the fact that I don’t know what that means to my health […]

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The Incubator Bubble

April 14, 2014

There’s a bubble. It’s not in startups, or in valuations, but in pitch contests, challenges, and incubator/accelerators. In Arizona, we used to have two or three, and now we probably have more than two dozen. They have different conditions, rules, and metrics. Every week I get an email from some incubator or agency asking me […]

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Silicon Valley Only Looks Like a Man’s World

April 6, 2014

The NY Times article on the bro culture of Silicon Valley, celebrating the male engineers who “own the code,” should look below the surface of the people the article tries to portray. Underneath that testosterone-charged surface, much more is happening. I’ve been a woman in a man’s world for over 50 years. When I went […]

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