Category Archives: Society

Review of the Wearable Technologies conference July 22/23 2013

(This post is uh 6 months late – an infinity in this market. I’m posting it anyway) The second ever Wearable Technologies Conference hosted and run by Wearable Technologies AG (link) from Germany, was held here in San Francisco July … Continue reading

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I’m in the June/July/August issue of Backbone Magazine talking about cleantech in Canada

Backbone Magazine has just published a great overview of the cleantech sector in Canada that contains quotes from a number of notable people in the space including Kirk Washington (Yaletown Venture Partners), Victoria Smith (BC Hydro), Rick Whittaker (Sustainable Development … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage Jeffrey Walker. You made the world a better place. I’ll miss you.

I spent much of yesterday mourning, remembering and celebrating the passing of a true renaissance man from our lives back into the Universe. On September 1, 2009, Jeffrey Walker – father, husband, son, musician, artist, creator, company builder, martini-drinker, guitar … Continue reading

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Seth Godin gives a TED talk and asks people to create and lead a tribe

I am not normally much of a Seth Godin fan most of the time but I have to say that I really loved the TED talk he gave on tribes. It intuitively makes sense and I think he asked some … Continue reading

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A Range Rover that gets 60mpg? Sign me up.

Check out the concept Range Rover that is aiming for 60mpg courtesy of this article over at Fast Company by Ariel Schwartz. Wow. This thing can get 60mpg??? I’ll believe it when I see it. But I have to say … Continue reading

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How cities distract you, cause you to be more agitated and spend more, but also help you to be more innovative.

Thanks to Brad Feld for pointing out this excellent article by Jonah Lehrer titled “How the City Hurts Your Brain…and what you can do about it.” Having recently moved from the Bay area back up to relative country side where … Continue reading

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Cloud Definitions, Benefits, Issues and Opportunities

(This post is being cross-posted here but the original post is at http://www.undertheradar.com/blog) This April 24, 2009, I’m fortunate to be working with Dealmaker Media who will be hosting the 13th Under the Radar conference. In one day we will … Continue reading

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Go See MILK – the story of the “Mayor of Castro” Harvey Milk, played by Sean Penn – it’s fantastic

Wow. I went to see MILK tonight at the Castro Theatre on Castro Street in San Francisco tonight. What an incredibly well done and powerful movie. It tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in … Continue reading

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30 Days of Sustainability 2007 is coming!

30 days of Sustainability is once again happening in Vancouver. This year it runs from April 22 – May 21, 2007. I highly recommend that people go check out the temporary site and sign up for updates. The full site … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 – Table of Contents

(For the most recent articles on Web 2.0, check out my full Web 2.0 articles category.) This posting has links to all of the Web 2.0 Summit 2006 blog posts that I wrote: Day 1 Enterprise 2.0 SMB Session Launch … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 / Summary 100,000 foot view

Here are my summary thoughts on the 3 day Web 2.0 Summit 2006 in SF, CA There were some overall themes that seemed to prevail in the sessions I attended and I’m going to try to capture them here in … Continue reading

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Patriot Act abuse: couple being overtly sexual on a plane have been charged under the Patriot Act. WTF?

THIS is the reason you don’t allow overly broad stupid legislation like the Patriot Acts I and II and the most recent Military Commission Act to pass. They are always unintended uses that far exceed the original intent of the … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 – Day 2 / The Global Plant Floor with Don Tapscott

Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.]The Global Plant Floor, by Don Tapscott, author of the new book Wikinomics Just now publishing “wikinomics” – a new book … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 – Day 2 / Mary Meeker gives Morgan Stanley’s “State of the Internet, Part 3″ talk – “The World’s Information is Getting Organized and Monetized”

(For the most recent articles on Web 2.0, check out my full Web 2.0 articles category.) Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.]Mary Meeker, Morgan Stanley: The … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 – Day 2 / Net Neutrality debate between Vinton Cerf (ICANN/Google) and Robert Pepper (ex-FCC, now Cisco)

Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.] Net Neutrality debate: Vinton Cerf, father of the internet vs. Robert Pepper, ex-FCC and now Cisco Bob: this is a … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 Summit 2006 Day 1 Notes

Day 1 Notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA Session 1: Enterprise 2.0 Mayfield had talked about SLATES – (search, linking, authoring, tagging, extensions, and signals) finally being possible on Socialtext’s new platform that they have formed with … Continue reading

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President Bush has signed into law the complete destruction of Writ of Habeus Corpus – the U.S. govt can now put legally put anybody in jail and hold them there indefinitely. 200 years of Constitutional protection gone.

Ben Franklin said it best: “Those who would trade liberty for a bit of safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This is appalling. I urge everybody to watch this:

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Best business movie of the year: Kinky Boots

This is without a doubt the best business movie of the year for its content. And it is probably one of my favourite movies of the year for its film quality as well.  This movie is BRILLIANT. It is the … Continue reading

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IBM asks 100,000 employees, customers, and partners to help it innovate…in public. WOW.

In this Yahoo Finance article, IBM talks about its “Innovation Jam”, an attempt to very publicly run an innovation pipeline. This is awesome. I would love to know how they’re facilitating such massive conversation, and what they are using to … Continue reading

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Update on GiftTRAP’s Massive Play Weekend charity fundraiser October 6-8, 2006

A few months ago I wrote about my friend Nick’s company and project called GiftTRAP. It is a board game with many twists. It contains over 600 photos collected from around the world, many of them from Flickr photographers. It … Continue reading

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The Web 2.0 Manifesto has arrived (finally!)

Thanks to the nice people at ChangeThis.com,  The Web 2.0 Manifesto is now here and can be downloaded from this page or if you want you can get the PDF directly by clicking this link. Please email me with comments! … Continue reading

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Quieting our cities: Do they make electro magnetic pulse generators that are small enough to aim at a Harley?

I would like to offer up a business idea to an enterprising young engineering student. Develop something that operates a bit like a speeding ticket camera but that is for sound level instead. Build it so that it can sit … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Gnomedex 2006 Day 1

For reasons related to work, I spent yesterday NOT attending Gnomedex but I did manage to make the dinner and get together afterwards. There was a large Vancouver contingent there. All of the usual suspects – Boris Mann, Darren Barefoot … Continue reading

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Spam Poetry = “SPOETRY”

My friend Ross Waring coined a new word today. I was reading him some of the excellent poetry that I received in my spam and he said,  “Spam Poetry? You mean SPOETRY?” I had to immediately post that to the … Continue reading

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Why is $10/gallon gas a great thing? And what does it have to do with evolution, adaptation, and local economic growth? Everything.

I think I have found the magic number. Every fifth article from Mark Morford is so brilliant, insightful, and articulate that I need to post most, if not all, of it here for my readers. Today is the day for … Continue reading

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Communication Channel Generation Gaps: Talk to your friends via SMS; your colleagues via IM/Skype, your parents via email and phones

I work on a lot of different distributed teams, on corporate and non-profit projects. I have been finding it very interesting (and frustrating) to see what channels I have to use to communicate to my various peers. Channels by environment: … Continue reading

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Boris Mann explains why Vancouver is such a great place to start or join a cool company (UPDATED)

My friend Boris Mann had some great things to say about Vancouver being an excellent place to join or start a company here in this posting. However, I would add “capital efficiency”, great education system, and an awesome talent pool … Continue reading

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The First Annual “30 days of sustainability” has launched in Vancouver!

(If you are looking for the 2007 event information, please click HERE.) I am very excited about our launch of the 30 Days of Sustainability. For the month of March, Vancouver will host a cornucopia of events and activities, all … Continue reading

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GiftTrap tries to raise $1M for the Right To Play charity to bring sport and play to children across the world

Have you ever received a gift you hated? And then you either threw it away, hid it, or regifted it? A good friend of mine is launching a new boardgame called GiftTRAP with which he hopes to raise $1M for … Continue reading

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Rocketbuilder’s new Ready to Rocket 25 list has been released. This is the best of the best of the emerging technology companies from Vancouver and across B.C.

I attended the Ready to Rocket 2006 session this morning, which was sponsored by Rocketbuilders , a Vancouver based market strategy and consulting firm that helps technology companies capitalize on market opportunities. The presentation started with an overview of the successes … Continue reading

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