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Masayoshi Son


Smart Cities

Imagining the Smart Cities of 2050 via @singularityhub — Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) March 15, 2019

Imagining the Smart Cities of 2050
Riding an explosion of sensors, megacity AI ‘brains’, high-speed networks, new materials and breakthrough green solutions, cities are quickly becoming versatile organisms ........ Over the next decade, cities will revolutionize everything about the way we live, travel, eat, work, learn, stay healthy, and even hydrate. ...... the UAE has invested record sums in its Vision 2021 plan, while sub-initiatives like Smart Dubai 2021 charge ahead with AI-geared government services, driverless car networks, and desalination plants. ...... A trailblazer of smart governance, Estonia has leveraged blockchain, AI, and ultra-high connection speeds to build a new generation of technological statecraft. And city states like Singapore have used complex computational models to optimize everything from rainwater capture networks to urban pla…

Grammarly Productive Person


A Superhuman Invite

Rapportive founder’s new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today
Beyond Gmail: The new race to reinvent your inbox
Email Productivity with Superhuman
The Superhuman Change To My Current Email Tools
Rahul Vohra
Gaurav Vohra

founders! here's a step by step guide to get to Product/Market Fit; please send it those who need it —— Rahul Vohra (@rahulvohra) November 13, 2018

Props to @SuperhumanCo for no longer making me fear my inbox.— Jeremie Harris (@jeremiecharris) March 4, 2019

.@SuperhumanCo is to email, what slices are to bread— Sam Cholera (@sam_cholera) March 5, 2019

I just love read receipt tracking feature in @SuperhumanCo. It is so powerful!— Mohit Agrawal (@mohitify) March 5, 2019

NYC's Radial Solutions

New York City's solutions are radial. Go a 10-minute hyperloop distance in many directions. Look at this map.

I am talking Middletown, NY, on I84, northwest of the city, where I lived until recently for more than six months. You are looking at Allentown, PA. Also Quakertown, and Doylestown nearby. You are looking at Newtown near Danbury, CT. You are looking at the east end of Long Island, the Hamptons. The rich don't need helicopter rides. Philadelphia itself would be a good candidate, except it falls conveniently on the already proposed Boston-NYC-DC hyperloop corridor.

Specific towns have to be identified that are the right distance and that are politically willing to become sister cities. Less than 10 minutes in hyperloop distance does not make either hyperloop sense or environmental sense.

The idea is also good for the environment. If more than 50% of humanity will congregate in 100 megacities, that will be good for the planet. It will also be good for commerce.

An expande…

Sunil Madhu: Serial Entrepreneur

Your best is yet to come. Socure is prologue. — Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) March 7, 2019

Here's 🥂 to $100M sprint! Well done Socure team! — Sunil Madhu (@sunilontech) February 28, 2019

It's been no secret to us geeks that Postgresql kicks Mongo DBs arse in performance as a JSON store. The writing's been on the wall for some time. #postgresql#json#mongodb — Sunil Madhu (@sunilontech) February 28, 2019

How to avoid making a racist robot in general:

1. Train ANNs with more data diversity (instead of mostly white faces for computer vision models for example).

2. Reduce cultural bias creep in feature selection and inferencing (suc… — Sunil Madhu (@sunilontech) December 12, 2018 Sunil Madhu

Sunil Madhu steps down as Chief Strategy Officer of Socure

Madhu was instrumental in helping Socure develop its proof of concept digital identity platform into a market leading t…

Discovering LinkedIn In 2019

I discovered Twitter in 2009, and JP Rangaswami was a big reason why. His blog Confused Of Calcutta that a friend pointed out to had many posts where he shared his enthusiasm for Twitter. I got infected. Within a year I became a top followed in NYC on Twitter. And I was no Ashton Kutcher. I worked hard at it.

It is not like I had not heard of Twitter. I had. But at first, I thought it was ridiculous. (I was also in attendance at the NY Tech MeetUp where FourSquare first presented, and I was unimpressed with what the two Founders called "check-in") I had been an avid blogger for years. And I thought Twitter was for people who can compose full sentences, but full paragraphs are beyond their reach. I was not going to stoop down.

LinkedIn I signed up for not long after it was launched. I have been a keen reader of tech news since the late 1990s, and so I seldom missed developments. But until this year, I never really used LinkedIn. I updated my profile and kept it current, but …



New York City Beats San Francisco

This is remarkable.

Many of us have been connecting the dots for years. But this has come sooner than I expected.

The center of gravity for tech innovation shifted from Silicon Valley to the city of San Francisco a while ago. Silicon Valley feels rural. That is where the old companies are. Old like Google and Apple. And most engineers who work for those companies live in San Francisco, because, well, it is the city life they crave. But if it is about city life, San Francisco has nothing on New York City. Shanghai beats NYC on infrastructure, but NYC is not its infrastructure, it is its collection of people. There NYC beats Shanghai.

Already NYC was a strong number two. Then, in terms of VC money, NYC became neck and neck last year. And Amazon voted with its feet. Google has been expanding in the city for a long time.

Years ago Dennis Crowley of FourSquare made news by not moving to San Francisco. His startup did open up an office there, but he stayed put. I was unsurprised. At the ti…

Could The New York Times Relaunch As A Tech Startup?

The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018

709 million dollars is a lot of revenue. For a tech startup on the way up. But for an old company, it is chump change. Your market value is not what you are making this year. It is what you are projected to make in the future years. If you are making 700 million this year, but are projected to make no money in three years, your market value will nosedive to zero. On the other hand, if you will stagnate at 700 million, you might get a 5X or a 10X and have a market value below 10B.

What would it take for the New York Times to see a 40% increase in revenues every year for years and years? Obviously the same old, same old would not do.

Is it possible for an old company to relaunch itself? Or must old companies necessarily die and new ones take their place?

Is there a hybrid model possible where a new small team comes in to take an old company to new heights? An equity structure might be where that new team gets one th…

Chris Dixon @cdixon

Hey @cdixon Your best article to date Second best was something on crypto.— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) January 26, 2019

lol luv this tweet ("second best was something on crypto") đź’Żđź’Ż— Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) January 27, 2019

It might have been a series Some of the best writing on crypto out there. I have met the guy. When he was working on his own startup in NYC.— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) January 27, 2019

I had a hard time remembering exactly where, when, then I realized it was on Medium. "Realized" is a casual way of saying googled. ;)— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) January 27, 2019

Elon Musk: Stanford eCorner


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Jeff Bezos Talks Amazon, Blue Origin, Family, And Wealth


Could Steve Jobs Have Made A Difference At Apple in 2020?

This is one of those what-ifs. There is Larry Ellison, the colorful Founder CEO of Oracle, best friend to Steve Jobs for 25 years, who will have you believe Steve Jobs was Steve Jobs. Tim Cook can not wear the shoes. It is true Apple has since only been milking what was already built. They are still milking the iPhone and the iPad.

It is said Steve Jobs was thinking about tackling the TV next. If you go from the PC to the iPod-iPhone-iPad, it is a paradigm shift from the GUI (Graphical User Interface) to the touch screen. But do you really want to touch your TV? TV was and is a harder nut to crack. The innovation perhaps is not on the screen. It is in how content is created and distributed. Netflix, and YouTube and Amazon are tackling some of it.

It is true Steve Jobs managed to be a pioneer for both GUI and the touch screen. But what's next? Obviously we are looking beyond touch. They talk of NUI, Natural User Interface. Voice commands. Gesture, things like that. Computing is…

Vinod Khosla At Y Combinator


Elon Musk: TED: May 2017


Cloud Generation 2: Larry Ellison Keynote, Oracle OpenWorld 2018


GoFundMe: My Twitter Campaign (6)

Angels. Let's reimagine the corporation. And take e-commerce to the final billions. Receive the gift of giving.

Angels. Let's reimagine the corporation. And take e-commerce to the final billions. Receive the gift of giving.— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) January 8, 2019

Thanks @WXRfund for liking my tweet. How about you donate?— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) January 8, 2019

Angels. Let's reimagine the corporation. And take e-commerce to the final billions. Receive the gift of giving.— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) January 8, 2019

Angels. Let's reimagine the corporation. And take e-commerce to the final billions. Receive the gift of giving.…