Amazon and the Urban Hypocrite

Mikhail Zavid

Big CityImageLong Island City, Queens, before the coming transformation.CreditCreditSpencer Platt/Getty Images[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]In the days before Amazon’s official announcement that it would situate its second headquarters in two locations, one of them in Queens, many New Yorkers were outraged by the impending…

The View of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ Dates to 1970. The Phenomenon Is Thousands of Years Older

Mikhail Zavid

Most people experience an eerie sensation when they meet natural-looking artificial beings, especially humanoid robots. This is the “Uncanny Valley” effect, the psychological reaction of unease and apprehension upon encountering hyper-realistic replicas or automata. Affinity increases with verisimilitude, but positive feelings drop off steeply as the entity approaches being indistinguishable from reality. Anxiety rises when…

Giants treasure Oracle and Salesforce are salivating over reveal-to-user startups, however insiders enlighten pleasant enterprise is ‘inherently messy’

Mikhail Zavid

Home decor brand Parachute makes $150 bed sheets and is backed by more than $44 million from venture capital firms. But when it comes to marketing, the startup wants to make sure that every dollar of its advertising spend is working as effectively as possible. Parachute is one of a growing number of direct-to-consumer brands…

The finest technique to browse the win securely and privately

Mikhail Zavid

So you want to browse the web securely and privately? Here’s a hard truth: it’s almost impossible. It’s not just your internet provider that knows which sites you visit, it’s also the government — and other governments! And when it’s not them, it’s social media sites, ad networks or apps tracking you across the web…

Reading Checklist: Podcasting

Mikhail Zavid

I argued in my recent post What’s Next for Podcasting? that we’re at a pivot point where podcasting is becoming a mainstream content format for all types of shows and creators as Hollywood enters the fray. There’s a surge of interest by both creatives and businesspeople in podcasts right now, so I’ve compiled a reading…

Huawei’s Concerns Are China’s Concerns

Mikhail Zavid

One of Beijing’s top goals is transforming China into a technology powerhouse, so what happens to Huawei matters beyond China’s own borders. Michael Schuman Dec 18, 2018 Visitors walk past a Huawei stand at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.Eric Gaillard / Reuters As Ken Hu, the “rotating” chairman at Huawei Technologies, made…

The Technology (2014)

Mikhail Zavid

Note: This is the talk I gave at Startup School Europe, which was held last Saturday in London. You’ve heard a lot of great startup advice today. This is going to be a little different. I often advise startups that it’s better to seek deep appeal, to create something that a few people love, even…

How an app developer helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez assemble history

Mikhail Zavid

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, app developer Leo Sussan was unhappy and looking for a way to become more politically active. So he volunteered for a long-shot congressional candidate, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in New York City.  Since he was a full-time employee at a real estate startup, Sussan offered his programming skills…

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