Tidbits #49 – China, China, China…Battle for the Metaverse, BTS, Japanese Toilets, and More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Welcome back to another edition of Tidbits covering all the recent things worth talking about in business, media, and technology. China Policy Direction and Impact on Capital Markets In recent months, Chinese domestic policy actions have accelerated and seem to embed a sense of urgency. While the Chinese government and regulators have … Continue reading Tidbits #49 – China, China, China…Battle for the Metaverse, BTS, Japanese Toilets, and More

Tidbits #47 – Didi Gets Pulled Over, Tech vs Govts, But All We Want to Do is…Shop!

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Welcome back to another edition of Tidbits covering all the recent things worth talking about in business, media, and technology. This is a double issue due to the July 4th holiday last weekend. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 130 countries sign on to global minimum tax plan, creating momentum for Biden push The Biden … Continue reading Tidbits #47 – Didi Gets Pulled Over, Tech vs Govts, But All We Want to Do is…Shop!

Tidbits #46 – Laws in a Digital World, Sneaky Fronts, Digital Reality + More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Summer is officially upon us. And we’re almost halfway through the year. Moving fast! As always, thanks for reading. Hopefully this doesn’t take too much time away from the summer festivities. ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿน๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ˜Ž Laws in a Digital World Before diving into our usual fare, let’s talk about Law. One of the most under-discussed … Continue reading Tidbits #46 – Laws in a Digital World, Sneaky Fronts, Digital Reality + More

Tidbits #45 – Proxies, Titans, Games Games Everywhere + More

Hello, hello! Have some stuff going on around the house today. Will keep it short and just dive right in. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 Hackers Thrive in Putinโ€™s Russia as U.S. Seeks New Strategy Early in his rise to the pinnacle of Russian cybercrime, Maksim Yakubets, leader of one of the most successful hacking syndicates in … Continue reading Tidbits #45 – Proxies, Titans, Games Games Everywhere + More

Tidbits #44 – The Empire Strikes Back + Metaverse, Mobility, and More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Yikes, this one is long…And this is after I cut out a bunch of other clippings I saved already! In any case, hope it is enjoyable, and thanks for reading. The Empire Strikes Back Before jumping into our regular programming, one thing I think worth diving deeper into is what happens when … Continue reading Tidbits #44 – The Empire Strikes Back + Metaverse, Mobility, and More

Tidbits #43 – Not “Arming the Rebels”, But “Spawning the Rebels”? + Capital Politics, Gucci Gardens, Doge and More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Weekend last week. Three day weekends are magical. We need more of them. In our modern, hyper-speed society, it’s very hard for me to keep up. Three day weekends always seem like those much-needed moments where I get to come up for air after holding my … Continue reading Tidbits #43 – Not “Arming the Rebels”, But “Spawning the Rebels”? + Capital Politics, Gucci Gardens, Doge and More

Tidbits #39

Hello, hello! Here’s what I found interesting recently. Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 Peter Thiel- “I do wonder whether at this point Bitcoin should also be thought in part of as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S.” Peter Thiel: Well, you know, I think thereโ€™s sort of a lot of different things that … Continue reading Tidbits #39

Reshuffling the Geopolitical Deck / How Technology Resets the World

This post is part of a series. Part 1 – “The Coming Economic (R)Evolution” discusses the rise of technology and the creation of digital businesses that no longer need labor or capital…and why understanding their impact on the economy is necessary to navigate the shifting investment landscape in the coming decades. Part 2 – “Empire(s) … Continue reading Reshuffling the Geopolitical Deck / How Technology Resets the World

Tidbits #36 – New Business Surge, Changing Date Nights, and a Whole New Reality

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Here’s what I found interesting recently. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 Microsoft Attack Blamed on China Morphs Into Global Crisis A sophisticated attack on Microsoft Corp.โ€™s widely used business email software is morphing into a global cybersecurity crisis, as hackers race to infect as many victims as possible before companies can secure their computer systems. … Continue reading Tidbits #36 – New Business Surge, Changing Date Nights, and a Whole New Reality

Tidbits #32 – The World Continues to Spin

Hi, friends. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend. If you have a significant other, hopefully you were able to do / enjoy something nice together for Valentine’s Day. For all my Asian readers, happy lunar new year! And for all my American readers, happy President’s Day! As always, thanks for sharing a little … Continue reading Tidbits #32 – The World Continues to Spin

Tidbits #30

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Thanks for reading. A little longer than usual, but I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. If you can’t get through all of it, please at least check out #20! It’s awesome. I guarantee it. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 Twitter Locks Out Chinese Embassy in … Continue reading Tidbits #30

Tidbits #28 – “Did not expect that” Dรฉjร  vu

I bylined Tidbits #26 with “Did not expect that” in reference to the year 2020. Well, the start of 2021 is certainly no less surprising. Did not expect that… We are in a weird cauldron of convergence across everything – geopolitics, politics, tech, media…the old way of doing things is out the door. The physical, … Continue reading Tidbits #28 – “Did not expect that” Dรฉjร  vu

Tidbits #25 – The World Reminds the US They Exist

Happy holidays, and thanks for reading! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐ŸฆŒ ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics Russia has hacked entities across the US, creating a historic mess…it will take time before the US realizes the full scope of the attack and what has been taken. #1 How to Understand the Russia Hack Fallout THIS WEEK NEWS broke that United States government agencies and … Continue reading Tidbits #25 – The World Reminds the US They Exist

Democracy and the Fragmentation of the Internet

This is part of a series. Part 1 – “The Coming Economic (R)Evolution” discusses the rise of technology and the creation of digital businesses that no longer need labor or capital…and why understanding their impact on the economy is necessary to navigate the shifting investment landscape in the coming decades. Part 2 – “Empire(s) of … Continue reading Democracy and the Fragmentation of the Internet

Tidbits #20 – Finish Line in Sight

Hereโ€™s a selection of what I found most interesting recently. I started experimenting with some design changes in recent editions of Tidbitsโ€ฆthe design changes donโ€™t come through all that well via WordPressโ€™ default email feature, and Iโ€™m not confident I will figure out a better alternative to the default email feature soon. May be better … Continue reading Tidbits #20 – Finish Line in Sight

Tidbits #17

๐Ÿ’ฐ Economy #1 The Number of New Businesses in America is Booming The government regularly releases figures on new-business formation, derived from applications for tax registrations. And โ€œhigh-propensityโ€ business applicationsโ€”those displaying characteristics typically associated with firm-creation and the employment of staffโ€”recently reached their highest quarterly level on record (see chart). … All this has surprised … Continue reading Tidbits #17

World’s Two Most Interesting Companies Today…or the Intersection of Computation, Energy, and Human History

Open any (literally any) history book and you will find that historians (and people) believe the course of human history has been defined by an endless list of critical factors, events, and circumstances that ultimately defined the outcome. This is true for very long arcs as well as very short arcs. For example, this is … Continue reading World’s Two Most Interesting Companies Today…or the Intersection of Computation, Energy, and Human History

Tidbits #11

What I found interesting recently. ๐Ÿ—บ Society Why the US needs racial progress: Two years ago, Marian Croak was hiding in her office at Googleโ€™s YouTube offices, convinced the police would enter and shoot her dead. There was an active shooter on the San Bruno, Calif. campus, and police were moving door-to-door to clear out … Continue reading Tidbits #11