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The Next Google Campus


A City In The Amazon

The Ultimate Megacity: 100 Million People

Would it be possible to build cities in the Amazon forest without disturbing the flora and fauna? Cities that are the bedrock of the biotech industry that is 100% dependent on the Amazon. These cities might be the best guards of the forest. They will keep the Amazon going strong.

The cities will probably rely a lot on the Amazon for its transportation needs. Water transportation would be key.

You would not be allowed to clear the forest. Which means no ground floors. You sink in pillars and raise them up, and your floor is up there. There can't be roads. Which means your way out of the city is through the river. The exit is to the river. No noisy airports allowed. But hydro dams should provide plenty of clean electricity.

There would be a lot of glass walls. Perhaps all external walls would be glass walls. There would be so much to see. Why would you deprive yourself!

I guess you could go tall with the buildings: more things to see! And i…

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I just watched this amazing movie: Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

This guy is one of the best actors out there. I'd put him right up there with Al Pacino, maybe. He is awesome.

Of course, first I saw him in No Country For Old Men. He was scary, downright. And I am a guy who has thought of horror movies as makeup melodramas since when I was young.

Then I saw him in Biutiful. He has done it so right I thought maybe he grew up in Mexico. How can you get the Third World thing so perfect if you did not grow up there?

And I just learn he is married to Penelope Cruz. When did that happen?

Three very different movies. Such superb performances.

I had no idea Woody Allen was still making movies. He should not stop.

At sea with Javier Bardem
Sailing lifts people out of their normal parameters of understanding; it makes them question their place in the world, because their feet and their brains need time to adjust to their new reality. (Spend enough time at sea and land becomes the alien place…

The Valley, Or Not, To Be

Silicon Valley is still the best place for your startup
Every city now seems to have a silicon something or other – whether it be London’sSilicon Roundabout, Berlin’s Silicon Allee or the Silicon Slopes of Salt Lake City....... My own experience with Zendesk, however, leaves me convinced that, at present at least, the original Silicon Valley remains the best place for budding tech startups looking to take their business to the next level. ..... there are deeply rooted cultural issues. Take Denmark’s famous law of Jante – an aversion to seeking or celebrating individual success ..... European startups raised more than $2.8bn in the last quarter of 2014 and are just as likely as their American counterparts to reach the hallowed ground of the Initial Public Offering (IPO). ..... Venture capital invested in US tech reached $8.67bn in 2013 compared with just $1.44bn in Europe. ..... There is still a perception of Europe as being overly bureaucratic, a perception that Europe sometimes reinf…

The Vivek Wadhwa I Know Is A Feminist

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN11 - Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, USA; Young Global Leader are captured during the session 'Handling Hyper-connectivity' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum by Jolanda Flubacher (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am not even aware of the full conversation, but I caught a snippet first on his Facebook page, then on Twitter. Strange things are known to happen in social media. You don't have to be female to be feminist. And for me the term is like saying someone is a civil rights activist. Sheryl Sandberg is a feminist, in my  book. And Vivek getting called the opposite --- well, it is fun! Really. I am like, really? He is a rare man who makes intelligent, well thought out, numbers supported cases for why women should get more in tech. Few men cheer women, fewer still make strong, well thought out cases. Vivek is in the rar…

The Unimaginative Motherfuckers Of The Old Economy

They say there is this cultural divide between California and New York City. All of Silicon Valley money comes from NYC. But California has the cultural advantage.

I have been aware of this. But I am staying put. Because, well, this is hometown. Also because the app I am working on -- this city is going to be the number one city for it. It will take your interactions with the city to a whole new plane.

And it is okay for the old economy to be in the backdrop. It is more than okay, it is actually very necessary. The apartment of AirBnb is old economy. Uber's cab is old economy. And they are just scratching the surface. The next wave of innovation in software is industry level. Which means we need people who can reimagine entire industries. Coders can be provided to them.

But when I say the unimaginative motherfuckers of the old economy, I am referring to this other type. Not only do they not get cutting edge innovation, they do not get the fundamentals of a tech startup, they acti…

Race, Gender And Tech Entrepreneurship

When you are in the political mindset, you are trying to add your little energy to the larger collective energy which, you hope, is trying to move towards a more perfect union. You look at the large arcs of history.

But in the tech entrepreneurship mindset, you don't have the luxury of time, you have to execute, you have to move, you have to play the hands you are dealt with. I think for the most part it is about innovation and hard work, mostly just innovation. If you can take yourself to the cutting edges of innovation, you will, for the most part, win. If you have the stomach to take the risks, to make the jumps. But you don't really have the privilege of theory, or at least not as much. You don't have the privilege of the monk option, where you choose to live on little to give a larger push to the historic arc towards a more perfect union. You have investors, you have team members, you have customers to please. Money is as good a metric as any. You have to make the mo…

A Like From Sheryl Sandberg


The Ultimate Megacity: 100 Million People

100 million people: the biggest Megacity in the world. A mini earth in terms of cultural diversity. Everyone who lives in the city boundaries votes in the city boundaries. DC to Boston.The backbone: a bullet train. You could live in downtown Baltimore and work in Manhattan and not even think about the commute. 

JFK to Penn Station and Newark to Penn Station: short distance bullet trains. To get you there in minutes. Dedicated Caribbean organic farming to feed the Megacity. I don't know about you but I like mangoes. 100% electric vehicles in the territory. By law. A next generation industrialization in the entire Eastern half of the US that is 100% feeding on Clean Energy. WiFi in every inch of the territory through the TV spectrum. Free. Telecommuting should be the norm in the workplace, partially or fully. The NYC Subway will have to be reimagined. Levitate it. Extend it. WiFi 100% everywhere. People will be having business meetings in there. No coffee though. 

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