Op-Ed

The promise of the Internet is of a world that is freely connected. The reality is that the Internet must do business with the physical world, and in that world the hardware that runs the Internet can find itself within any number of legal boundaries. The United States, in addition to being the headquarters of some of the world’s largest telecoms, also plays host to a significant portion of the Internet’s backbone. This means that legal decisions covering Internet usage in the US have the potential for world reaching consequences.

User Experience is one of, if not the most important thing you need to focus on when building your product, app or website. But in my opinion, the UX consultant or UX team may not always have your best interest at heart.

Regardless which side of the isle you stand politically, you can be rest assured that the passage of net neutrality is a positive for you, and your ability to access the Internet like you have since the 1990’s. The Internet is turning into a business tool with everything from cloud computing to premium Internet providers. When you break this entire issue down to its bare bones, the only businesses that are going to be hurt by this ruling are the major Internet service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast. If you’re not one of them, then consider the passage of this new FCC regulatory law a major victory.

Most designers, at least the ones I know, hate to network and rarely do it. The key to networking in the tech world is you do not need to be the best in the world, you just need to be passionate, willing to learn and in a lot of cases be the best designer or developer that people know.

If you haven’t noticed yet, Apple decided to shove U2’s album down your throat. And I’m not exaggerating! Ok..maybe a little. But seriously, go check. Depending on how your iCloud is setup, their latest album will most likely be in your Music app, ready to play or in the ether of your iCloud, available to download.

Though there are many San Francisco transplants out there, I figured that there are people in L.A. tech who are like me, with the same curiosity to check out what’s going on up north.

We’ve all heard some variation of the quip that overnight success actually involves years of striving, with presumably several failed efforts and false starts along the way. But when entrepreneurs experience failure, whether it’s their first encounter with it or an especially spectacular failure, it can be a major blow financially as well as emotionally. Here are my thoughts on how to recover from a significant business setback.

The best way for mobile to climb toward greater heights is to stand on the shoulders of new, advanced infrastructure – but getting that infrastructure also requires the support of our community.

The technical failure of Google Hangouts has done a disservice to the entire privacy conversation by limiting the use, re-use and remixing of Snowden’s comments. Mainstream news outlets have little to work with in reporting on his SXSW dialog and now are limited to paraphrasing his comments through anchor commentary.

“The road to failure is often paved with good intentions,” famed writer Samuel Johnson might have said.