I Don’t Want Tweets, I Want Flying Cars (4 min read)

Speech given to the management team of a global multinational earlier this week. I’ve left out content that I covered in a previous speech

Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal with Elon Musk, famously said that we were promised flying cars and we got 140 characters. This touches on the dichotomy between the world of atoms (the physical realm) and the world of bits (the digital realm). The tech revolution of recent decades has focused on evaporating physical products from books to music to films into the digital ether. This has transformed those industries in terms of content generation, distribution and the ability to scale, but our physical worlds still kinda feel the same. Continue reading “I Don’t Want Tweets, I Want Flying Cars (4 min read)”

My 3 Resolutions For 2018

I like to make my big resolutions in spring as the weather (and sunlight) are more conducive to keeping them, but now is a good time to get some starter resolutions going – not least because the days are getting longer (yeah!) and it’s a new year! So here are my three for the start of 2018: Continue reading “My 3 Resolutions For 2018”

My Favourites Of 2017 Part 1: Apps, Websites and Purchases

I’ve expanded my end of year favourites list, so now it will take two posts! I’m even leaving out podcasts as I posted on that recently. In this blog, I’ll focus on apps, websites and purchases and on my next one I’ll focus on movies, books and songs. Oh, and make sure to send me your favourites too! So here goes, my favourites part one: Continue reading “My Favourites Of 2017 Part 1: Apps, Websites and Purchases”

What Amazon’s Bezos Told Us In 1997

Remember 1997?  The year of Titanic, the first Harry Potter book and the best-selling Nokia  610. It was also the first year Jeff Bezos wrote a shareholder letter for his three-year old Amazon.com.

It makes fascinating reading. He talks about expanding staff from 158 to 614, having cash balances of $125mn and establishing strategic relationships with Yahoo, Netscape, GeoCities (I vaguely remember them), @Home (?) and Prodigy (?). He was especially proud of increasing sales from $16 million to $148 million. Continue reading “What Amazon’s Bezos Told Us In 1997”

12 Great New Podcasts I Discovered In 2017


     

     

I love podcasts. They’re one of my favourite ways of learning. They’re also incredibly efficient as you can listen to them while you’re walking or on the subway. I have my favourites, but I’m still scouring the world for new podcasts. This year has been great in that regard, and while there have many duds, these 12 are excellent: Continue reading “12 Great New Podcasts I Discovered In 2017”

3 Things You’re Not Supposed To Talk About (8 min read)

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS will be made of liquid armor that can solidify on command.

I recently gave a speech at my bank’s Megatrends conference in Madrid. This is what I said:

1. The US Military

(Who’s the biggest of them all?)
Let me start by asking you:

“What is the largest organization in the world by revenue?” Continue reading “3 Things You’re Not Supposed To Talk About (8 min read)”

My 6 Best Travel Purchases Of 2017 (so far)


I’m on the move a lot whether the commute to work or flights to other countries, so I’m constantly looking for ways to “upgrade” my travel experience. Here are 6 purchases this year that have made a difference: Continue reading “My 6 Best Travel Purchases Of 2017 (so far)”

My 5 Measures To Protect Personal Data

There’s so many stories of hacks that lead to major data breaches. The latest is Equifax, the US consumer credit score company, who revealed that hackers accessed 143 million customer account details this year. The data included customer’s names, social security numbers, drivers licences, and credit card numbers! But there have been many more this year including in Europe. I’ve been fairly blasé about these risks, but now I’ve decided to take steps to protect my data. Here are my big  five: Continue reading “My 5 Measures To Protect Personal Data”

My Smartphone Was Resurrected!

There I was thinking whether I should buy a new smartphone or stay with my ancient Nokia when the repair shop called to say my I-Phone was fixed! I had mixed feelings. As my recent blog showed, I was quite enjoying a smartphone detox. But there are some things I really do need a smartphone for.

One is checking train times and Continue reading “My Smartphone Was Resurrected!”

Yikes! My Phone Died (and How I Survived)

It happened while on holiday. I dropped my iPhone in the salty sea, my phone got soaked, end of phone. I’ve been iPhone-less for over a week now. That means no WhatsApp, no social media, no Google Maps, no newsfeeds and no camera. I’ve had to resort to using my “back-up” old-school Nokia (pictured) – it can make calls and its battery lasts forever, but that’s about all it can do.

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