Startup: The Book

#1 Amazon Best Seller in two categories: Startups & Starting a Business How to build your Silicon Valley startup How to find co-founders Find accelerators, incubators, co-working spaces How to deal with angel investors and VC venture capital 26 interviews with...

Traditional Media vs. Social Media

Katherine Viner, editor in chief of The Guardian, wrote an essay about the impact of technology on the media. That’s the summary; the long description is “how social media and the web destroyed traditional news (newspapers, TV news, etc.)”....

The Google Answer Machine

Search Engines vs. Answer Machines I’ve often said that in five years, Google won’t exist. They’re so used to search engines that they can’t imagine it could disappear. But they also forget search engines didn’t exist until...

Poems at my website

A few years ago, on a lark, I added a few poems to my website. I like poetry quite a bit and keep copies of favorites. Last year, I went to a weekend poetry reading. For many years, I’ve been translating Rilke’s poetry. I assumed few people cared about...

Will the Web Kill Languages?

Q. Will the Web kill languages? A. I studied at Universitaet Heidelberg (Germany). It’s the #1 German university. When I went to Germany in 1977, only a few students spoke English. Only two or three professors could speak a bit of English, and only at a low...

How Facebook Controls the News

What happens when large web sites hire journalists? > (…) many former employees suspect that Facebook’s eventual goal is to replace its human curators with a robotic one. (They) started to feel like they were training a machine, one that would eventually take...