Providing for Startups: the New California Gold Rush

California clipper, Wikimedia Commons The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) lasted only 7 years. In that amount of time, it brought 300,000 people to California, invigorated the US economy, played a key role in ushering California to statehood in 1850, and caused a precipitous population decline of Native Californians. One of the most profound lessons of... Continue Reading →

Micro-Services – Fad, FUD, Fo, Fum

But band leader Johnny Rotten didn't sell out in the way that you're thinking. He didn't start as a rebellious kid and tone it down so he could cash in. No, Rotten did the exact opposite -- his punk rebelliousness was selling out. [...] And he definitely wasn't interested in defining an entire movement. From... Continue Reading →

The Gryphon Dilemma

In my introductory post The Turtleneck and the Hoodie I kind of lied a bit that I stopped doing everything I did in my youth. In fact, I am playing music, recording and producing more than I did in a while. I realized I can do things in the comfort of my home that I... Continue Reading →

Making Gourmet Pizza in the Cloud

A while ago I had lunch with my wife in a Toronto midtown restaurant called "Grazie". As I was perusing the menu, a small rectangle at the bottom attracted my attention. It read: We strongly discourage substitutions. The various ingredients have been selected to complement each other. Substitutions will undermine the desired effect of the... Continue Reading →

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