Plants. Without the Effort

Ilove gardening but I hate having to constantly water plants. For years, I’ve longed for vegetables that would just water themselves. As a technologist, I’ve often thought “this should be easy; just wire up a microcontroller, a pump and some sensors and make a self-watering plant system.” As a technologist, I also know that it… Continue reading Plants. Without the Effort

Understanding The Now

While 2016 has been an annus horribilis overall (unless you’re a racist, in which case, it’s probably a magical time to be alive), it has a been a great year for books helping us attempt to understand the heady times we live in. Most people would agree that we live in a state of rapid change.… Continue reading Understanding The Now

Debunking the “Steve Jobs Ignored Customers” Myth

Today at work we were fortunate enough to have Mark Hurst come in and talk about his updated book Customers Included. It’s all about working backwards from customers’ needs – which is a pretty easy sell in Amazonland (see “Customer Obsession“) – and hence recommended reading. What I most enjoyed about his talk was his thorough… Continue reading Debunking the “Steve Jobs Ignored Customers” Myth

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What’s Getting Backed on Kickstarter: Technology Edition

I’m a huge Kickstarter fanboy. The creativity that they’ve unleashed is mind-boggling and embodies exactly what the Internet is capable of. The projects I’ve backed tend to skew tech-heavy and I recently wondered if there were any identifiable trends as to what sort of tech projects get backed. I hear all the time about companies that… Continue reading What’s Getting Backed on Kickstarter: Technology Edition