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Three Observations on ASEAN E-Commerce

E-commerce in Southeast Asia is hot. It is also extremely complicated and fragmented, with no clear winner in sight, yet. I offer a few brief thoughts, from the perspective of someone native to Southeast Asia but who has spent the better part of 15 years in the United States, Australia, Western Europe and Latin America.…

Further Thoughts on the Blockchain

Bitcoin and the blockchain have been in the news recently, and not necessarily for the right reasons. In light of this, I have decided to revisit some of my original thoughts on the Bitcoin and the potential of the blockchain. In May 2015, I wrote a blog post about the potential of the blockchain.…

Some Thoughts on Nuclear Energy Startups

Nuclear energy startups have recently become more prominent in the news, with startups such as Transatomic Power and Helion Energy receiving funding from noted VC investors. I’ve long had an interest nuclear energy, and after listening to a panel at the 2015 EmTech MIT conference, I’ve decided that it would be good to set out in somewhat greater detail some of the thoughts I have on this sector.…

Thoughts on Fintech

Fintech. Love it or hate it, it’s in the news almost every day. Is it all hype, or are there real opportunities in this space? I recently had the pleasure of listening to a panel sponsored by Wharton Fintech discussing investments in the fintech sector. Also, a friend asked me recently about what companies in the fintech sector I thought were particularly interesting.…

Blockchain’s Potential

The Bitcoin community has long viewed the online payment system as a decentralized digital currency. Yet there remains some debate as to whether Bitcoin is “money”, or just a “payment protocol”, a distinction that has certain legal ramifications. Moreover, some VCs, including Fred Wilson and Joel Monegro of Union Square Ventures, believe that the underlying blockchain protocol that powers Bitcoin may be its most significant contribution to the future of internet applications.…

Why I Read Science Fiction

I read science fiction. I read it voraciously (and somewhat indiscriminately) as a boy and later as a teenager, devouring—among others—Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, Dan Simmons, C.J. Cherryh, Celia S. Friedman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cordwainer Smith, Gene Wolfe, Frederik Pohl, and Robert A.…

Thoughts on Disruptive Technologies, 2015

One of the more interesting questions that I sometimes ponder, when the night is long and a tumbler of Yamasaki 12-year whisky is in my hand, is, What technologies currently under development will likely be truly disruptive to our current technological and social equilibrium? I do not pretend to have…