Day 1 at re:Invent

I flew out Monday night on the 8 PM JetBlue flight to Vegas for re:Invent. I wasn’t the sole passenger headed to the conference, and met people from a variety of local companies on the plane, including Acquia, Fiksu, MathWorks, Constant Contact, ThreatStack, CloudTP, Mobiquity, CloudHealth and more…

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Are You Driving an Apple or Amazon Product Strategy?

I grabbed lunch with a well respected entrepreneur / investor on my trip to the Silicon Valley last week. One of the topics we discussed has been on my mind for the last couple years: should startups drive their product strategies more like Apple or Amazon? The Apple versus Amazon debate…

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My Lost Day in Yosemite

I just spent the day at Yosemite. No, not Yosemite National Park, but Yosemite the OSX upgrade. I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking upgrading OSX the weekend before heading off to Vegas for re:Invent. I've never really had issues with an OSX upgrade, and figured this one…

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In Search of a Tech Bubble

I just returned from a week in Silicon Valley in which more than a few people wanted to talk about the looming tech crash. The discussion has been going on for more than a year now, with a line of thinking that goes like this: the rapid growth in investment…

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Notes from Google Cloud Platform Live

I spent Tuesday at the Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco. This is Google's equivalent of AWS re:Invent, which is scheduled by odd coincidence the week before Amazon's cloud conference. ;) The event started at 9 AM and ran through 5:30 PM, ending with an afterparty at…

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Boston Logan: Arriving Or Departing?

This morning while catching an early flight to Seattle, I was reminded of one of the things that always confuses me about Logan Airport: the road signs. I mention this from time to time to friends and colleagues, but get only blank stares, making me realize the issue must be…

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