Crisis Surrounds Us

“High-Risk” – classification given to conversations with texters who have been deemed to have a high-risk of suicide. As a crisis counselor, conversations like these jolt your adrenalin and training into action. Your own emotions are quickly put aside and you dig in. -:-:-:-:- For the past 12 weeks, I have spent more than 50 hours interacting […]

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What Kills a Unicorn?

GoPro went public in March of 2015 at a valuation of $3B. Just a little under a year later, its valuation has cratered to $1.7B, a drop of 43%. Etsy entered the public markets in April of 2015 valued at $3.3B. Fast forward to today, its value has dropped 74% to $850M. FitBit IPO’ed in […]

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Google: Friend or Foe?

“We don’t want to be a digital colony of the U.S. Internet giants, what’s at stake is our sovereignty itself”. – French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg[i] The tide has shifted – Montebourg is no longer alone. Google has maintained a high market share in the EU since its inception, but a growing movement against its […]

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Artificial Intelligence: The Next Frontier

October 2011: Tim Cook takes the stage of Apple’s annual Media event for the first time as CEO. On the heels of record-setting achievements from the first four iPhones, Cook debuts Apple’s latest device: iPhone 4s. The aesthetics match the iPhone 4; the technical specifications improve, but not significantly; only one feature clearly distinguishes the […]

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72 Hours at CES

January 7th – 9th I was lucky enough to travel to Las Vegas to attend the annual technology trade show CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Although my time spent attending CES events and walking the floor was limited, my experience got me thinking about the current state of the technology industry. With the halls of CES fresh in […]

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Crisis Counseling 101

My crisis was in October of my freshmen year of college. I was living a life I knew wasn’t right, spinning lies to fulfill false fantasies, and worrying constantly that someone would find out I had a secret. More than anything else, I felt alone – incapacitated by fear. In one of my most anxiety-ridden […]

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2015 In Review

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. – Confucius Whether it be through journaling, honest conversations with friends, family, or mentors, or even meditation, mindful reflection helps me clarify my path in life. As we […]

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