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  • Groundbreaking, earthshaking and yes, disrupting.  The “Yo” app is here.  First mentioned in a Financial Times article last Tuesday (no link, since they make you sign up) it quickly grew and cracked the top 150 free apps in iOS by Wednesday night. “Yo” is simple.  All it lets you do is send a single message to your friends.  Yes, you guessed right, that simple message is “Yo”.  I got hooked Thursday night but signed up exactly when the app got hacked.  A few “Yo”s later I was not able to communicate any more.  Meh! Wait!  Did somebody say “Meh”?  Boy, do we have an app for that! Unlike its larger cousin, “Meh” so far is self-funded.  “Yo” received third party funding to the tune of $1 million, plus $200k put in by its genius Tel Aviv-based founder,

  • It’s here. The smart home toilet that can be connected to a smart home hub.  Finally!  Now I can control my toilet in San Francisco from a hotel room in Shanghai.  Can you believe how often I said to myself: “If I could just flush my toilet right now!  From 8,000 miles away”  Haven’t you had that urge?  If not, what’s wrong with you? [caption id="attachment_1236" align="alignleft" width="304"] Kohlers-Numi-Smart-Toilet-3[/caption] All kidding aside, the Internet of Things (IoT) will have plenty of useful applications.  From the connected pressure valve that can be monitored 24/7 to, yes, home applications that make your home safer and more efficient.  It’s coming, and it’s here to stay.  And in the right hands, it’s all good. But the IoT comes with huge risks th

  • In case you haven’t seen the news, Uber just raised a private round of $1.2 billion ($1.4 billion after a secondary round) at a post-money valuation north of $18 billion (can someone explain the difference between pre and post-money to the Huffington Post, please?). That’s insane.  A valuation bubble inside the Silicon Valley bubble.  The Uber Bubble. Don’t get me wrong.  I love Uber, even though the German in me cringes every time I see the spelling (it should really be Über with an Umlaut, people, how much cooler would that be?)  Despite the butchering of the spelling, I use the service whenever I can.  I am tired of dirty cabs, drivers who have no idea where they are going, or who don’t care about providing a pleasant service experience.  And yes, SFO airport authoritie

  • While doing my daily browsing of the (more and more irrelevant) mainstream news websites I came across these two headlines on CNN: Now, I doubt that it was by design that these seemingly contradictory headlines appeared right next to each other, however it certainly did make me think about opportunities today as opposed to 10 or 20 years ago. I don’t think we have to spend too much time on Mr. Kaepernick and his fortune(s).  While he is certainly an exciting QB for the greatest football team on the planet (Go Niners!), one has to wonder if these outrageously rich contracts are in any relation to the actual services provided.  Nevertheless, society seems to accept these contracts, and as long as people flock to the stadiums (or pay for cable/online access), we will continue to see t

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