I’m writing a Sci-Fi novel!

Late last year I launched one of my two planned major side projects for 2017: Product Matters, a blog / publication / channel on all things product design and business ethics.Today I’m thrilled to share what my second major side project for this year is: a science-fiction novel! I’ve been writing, plotting, outlining and ideating a whole universe of stories since I was 16 years old, now more than half a lifetime ago. I always figured, “I can do a writing career after my tech career.” I used to imagine I might start to get serious about the writing around …

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Proudly Announcing: Product Matters

Our lives are undergoing increasingly rapid changes. We have sophisticated products, barely a decade old, that are household commodities changing how we go about our day. We have long-familiar products being are dramatically overhauled, their entire fundamentals rethought from the ground up. And we have social platforms to connect with everyone like never before. So many products, so many changes, and so many conversations we have about them. But one thing is missing from those conversations: how products are designed to affect us. How does a product’s design affect us psychologically and emotionally, as individuals and as a people? Plenty …

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Recent Writing, Elsewhere

As RSS subscribers will no doubt have noticed, I have not been writing much on here for quite some time. I will detail the why’s behind this soon, but for now I just want to update with links to some recent writing I’ve done and published elsewhere: How does one increase or gain emotional fortitude? I wrote an answer on Quora to this question, as it related directly to a much more comprehensive topic I’ve been writing about (behind the scenes) for several months. This is something that I would’ve benefited from reading when I was much younger. I hope …

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From Paris to Beirut: Look For The Humanity

The attacks in three different nations’ capitals last Thursday and Friday were terrorist attacks. Their respective motivations and goals vary, but the underlying reasons why these repugnant crimes were committed by cowardly, violent extremists are largely similar: people are afraid, people are angry, people want a kind of freedom they don’t currently possess. These sentiments have manifested as violence time and time again, and are found in the history of any religion, and that of the non-religious. The reason for that is simple: we may have built a civilization, but humankind is not quite yet civilized. Taken as a whole …

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Who Chris Sacca Could Be

Who Chris Sacca is, is easy: he’s an investor, a major one in Twitter it should be noted, with an interesting and storied background of successful investments and a rise to the top. Yesterday, Sacca posted an 8500-word essay titled “What Twitter Can Be.” It examines the current state of Twitter from a business and investment perspective, acknowledging some good, some bad. What his entire essay lacks, however, is the perspective of a user who is not Chris Sacca. To wit, from Sacca’s post, his view on the bad: What’s Not Going Well At Twitter? New user growth has stalled. …

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The Web Doesn’t Get Preferential Treatment (Part 1)

Note upfront: Due to an ever-increasing length this piece has been split into multiple parts, with subsequent installments to be released in the days ahead. This is Part 1. Several weeks ago Facebook released Instant Articles, a (so far) iPhone-only specialized renderer built with native Objective C and Cocoa frameworks that takes published HTML content and displays it in a reading-optimized format, with great multimedia and UX fidelity. And above all, titularly, no loading times for the content. Instant Articles exists because Facebook measured that external articles (loaded from within the Facebook app) take between 8 and 10 seconds to …

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Apple Watch Further Democratizes Consumer Electronics

A thought occurred to me as the rumors are starting to float around about Apple’s initial shipment order of over 5 million Watches, and the alleged split between the Sport, Watch, and Edition models: it doesn’t matter how much you could possibly fork over for an Apple Watch Edition with 18-karat gold casing, you’ll still have essentially and technologically the same actual Watch that someone getting a Sport edition has. With Macs or PCs, more money can get you a decidedly more powerful computer. With the iPod, Apple entered (and subsequently shaped for the next decade) a consumer electronics space that …

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