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    • The Free and Open Net Is Under Attack, Again About two years ago, I wrote an article for Inc. Magazine warning of the danger to the content neutrality of the Internet.  At the time, the FCC was considering a move that would essentially divide the Internet into two traffic lanes—one for big business and one for everyone else. That meant Internet Service Providers could […]
      July 11, 2017
    • AI and the Economy Without You So, I’ve Been Thinking Recently, I had the chance to sit down for a drink with Grady Booch. For anyone who doesn’t know his name yet, he’s a technology pioneer, innovator, and all-around fascinating guy. He was a primary creator of the Unified Modeling Language, and his career has included everything from work at NASA […]
      June 29, 2017
    • Trump’s Draft High-Skill Visa Policy Threatens US Economy Last Saturday a preliminary draft order titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs” surfaced that targets H-1B “genius” visas.  The order signals a second wave of the new administration’s immigration agenda—with potentially catastrophic effects to our economy.  I’ve written and spoken extensively on the H-1B topic recently […]
      February 10, 2017
    • The Assured Cost of Clamping Down On H-1B “Genius” Visas The entire US economy is at stake with Trump’s draft work-visa order About a month before President Trump was sworn into office, CNBC asked me what I would do if I held the executive office for one day. My answer to Kayla Tausche was that I’d work to fix the growing student visa and H-1B visa […] One response February 9, 2017
    • The Days of Invisible Small Business May Soon Be Over A week ago today, a small business in my community called ‘Costume Capers’ closed its doors after 30 years of continuous operation in the coastal hamlet of San Luis Obispo. When the local Tribune asked partner-proprietors Debi and Keith why they were throwing in the towel, their answer came without equivocation: enterprise business moved into […] 18 responses September 16, 2015
    • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work Artificial Intelligence has been the topic de jour lately with every corner of intellectual thought sounding in on the perils, and the potential rewards, of synthesizing a machine intelligence that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human can.  Elon Musk, Bill Gates and even Stephen Hawking have all suggested that an AI with […] 5 responses July 15, 2015
    • Your Digital Privacy Is Under Attack, Again It’s hard to pick up a paper, or an iPad, without reading about some bit of privacy that Americans have lost—or given up—in exchange for one convenience or another. It’s rare however that such an egregious attack on our privacy, like the one underway against every website owner in the world today and in the […] 6 responses July 2, 2015
    • “Who” You Are Always Trumps “What” You Are …but you shouldn’t wait ’til the end to find that out.Yesterday morning I delivered the commencement keynote for Cal Poly’s class of 2015 engineers.  Beyond simply being a privilege and an honor to talk to this group, it’s also a pretty huge responsibility – and I wanted to leave them with some bit of wisdom […] 11 responses June 15, 2015
    • Six Bits of Wisdom For the Aspiring Entrepreneur This week, Fortune Magazine (as part of their Leadership Insider network series) asked me “What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?”  You can read the edited version here, but as it happens, I had a bit more to say on the subject than Fortune’s format would allow.  I’ve posted my full […] 15 responses April 14, 2015
    • Ringing the Bell at the NYSE with Customers and Care It’s hard not to be on cloud nine this week.  The ramp up to taking GoDaddy public has been invigorating, exhausting, and deeply educational.  Ringing the bell at the New York Stock exchange yesterday morning was the high-point of the week, but it wouldn’t have been quite so amazing without the people there to celebrate […] One response April 2, 2015