John Burnor

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The age of heroes is over

Oh how the mighty keep falling. It’s been a difficult few years for cultural heroes, as a series of scandals showed that our superstar technologists, movie magnates, writers, and politicians are merely people with serious flaws. Even the memory of celebrity scientist Albert Einstein is losing its …

Books

The Network Man

Reid Hoffman’s big idea.<p>Early on a Monday evening in June, Reid Hoffman, the founder and executive chairman of the business-oriented networking site LinkedIn, met Mark Pincus, the founder and chief executive of the gaming site Zynga, for dinner at a casual restaurant in Portola Valley, California, …

Silicon Valley

‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem

The 5-year-old and his family had traveled thousands of miles to escape. When they finally arrived on American soil, free from the marauders who had burned their house to the ground, the boy was placed in a holding pen with his brother and sisters, while immigration officials decided their …

Civil Rights

Log In

The Joys of the Dirt-Cheap Watch

Every once in a while I’ll unearth some article online explaining how a very expensive Swiss watch is actually an incredible investment, a damn near</i> …

Watches

Uber's CEO, Once a Refugee Himself, Is Taking Extraordinary Action to Help Families Separated at the Border

Is the move humanitarian and decent? Absolutely. It's also good PR.<p>As my Inc.com colleague Aleanna Siacon reported yesterday, a rising chorus of tech CEOs, from Mark Zuckerberg to Tim Cook, have spoken out against the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant parents from their children …

Immigration

I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I 'speak English' to her

I felt her staring at me on the playground as I called out to my daughter.<p>She must be someone’s grandmother, I thought. She must be curious, as people often are.<p>Then she took one step toward me — pink fingernails, dark blond hair — and opened her mouth, e-nun-ci-a-ting each word.<p>“Speak English,” …

Language

A Gymnastics Coach Builds What The Tech Giants Couldn't

Apparently, everyone’s ears are as unique as fingerprints. At least, that’s why Kyle Kirkpatrick, founder and CEO of customer-earbud maker Decibullz, LLC, thinks. Though the verdict is still out on whether that’s true, there is some science in the early stages of exploration that suggests he’s on …

What It Really Means if Your Watch Is Water-Resistant

Amongst the many features and specs touted by watchmakers, one of the most prominent is water resistance. And with summer coming up, there are ample …

AI adoption is limited by incurred risk, not potential benefit

<i>This article originally appeared in</i> <i>Venturebeat</i><i>.</i><p><i>Signup for our newsletter here</i><p>It’s tempting to think that adoption of AI is limited by the technology …

Should our machines sound human?

Yesterday, Google announced an AI product called Duplex, which is capable of having human-sounding conversations. Take a second to listen to the …

Anything can inspire me, says maverick designer Manish Arora

At a time when his colleagues were leaving no stone unturned to out do each other in fashion weeks at home, Manish Arora was busy creating space for …

Lessons on Success and Deliberate Practice from Mozart, Picasso, and Kobe Bryant

How long does it take to become elite at your craft? And what do the people who master their goals do differently than the rest of us?<p>That's what …

Team USA

The CEO of DocuSign recently chased, and caught, an iPhone thief in San Francisco

Krach is a big, tall guy with a big personality. We recently had coffee with him, and in his cheerful, booming voice he told us a great story that gave us insight into his character and life these days working for DocuSign.<p>He was standing outside a coffee shop in San Francisco where the company is …

San Francisco

The Case For Starting A "Tiny" Business

For those familiar with green products, ECOBAGS have become a staple. Sharon Rowe founded the company in 1998, with the simple mission of eliminating plastic shopping bags in the United States. Her first product was a Classic String Bag, a “simple, lightweight, expandable cotton net bag of the type …

Entrepreneurship

Richemont Group Introduces New, Affordable Watch Brand, Baume: An Offshoot Of Baume & Mercier

In a bold move, the Richemont Group has created an all-new affordable watch brand – unveiled today in California. The new brand, called Baume, is (as its name suggests) an offshoot of the well-known Baume & Mercier brand, which heretofore was the opening price-point brand for the Richemont Group. …

The stunning numbers behind success of Tesla big battery

Tesla big battery accounts for just 2% of capacity in South Australia's ancillary services market, but in just four months it has grabbed a 55% …

The improbable rise of America’s hottest VC

In the tale we’re sold of Silicon Valley, meritocracy flourishes. Those who grind the hardest, hone the best ideas, and make the most connections become billionaires. Class, race, and gender melt away, and those who <i>deserve</i> success seize it.<p>Some see Arlan Hamilton as proof that this romance is …

Silicon Valley

A scientist says he's invented a replacement for plastic water bottles that fully decomposes in 3 weeks

A British scientist claims to have invented a plastic-free, single-use water bottle that can decompose within three weeks.<p>The Choose Water bottle, developed by James Longcroft, aims to replace plastic bottles and help save the world's oceans from plastic waste.<p>The outer lining of the bottle is made …

The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine Is About To Set Sail

Boyan Slat dropped out of school to work on his design for a device that could collect the trillions of pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. After years of work, it’s ready to take its first voyage.<p>On a Wednesday afternoon in a sprawling lot on a former naval air station in Alameda, California, …

Pollution

How a Chronograph Watch Can Actually Make Your Life Easier

Race cars. Airplanes. <i>Space ships.</i> These are the things we associate with chronograph watches, and watch brands will do everything in their power to …

Chronographs

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler | Harry Quilter-Pinner

The number of rough sleepers in Britain is soaring, with deaths now a weekly occurrence. It’s time we got over our prejudices<p>“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers …

Homelessness

How a Tiny Wisconsin Island Became the World’s Biggest Consumer of Bitters

On Washington Island, drinking Angostura shots is the rule, not the exception.<p>Angostura, the bitters packaged in the ubiquitous, yellow-topped …

GM’s dress code is only two words

When asked what men can do to improve women’s lives at work, Mary Barra gets straight to the point: “Stop making assumptions,” she tells Quartz.<p>As chief executive at General Motors, Barra practices what she preaches. Her management philosophy is epitomized by GM’s workplace dress code—which is …

General Motors

Chris Evans, a.k.a. Captain America, Comes Back Down to Earth

Chris Evans has a theory about tap dancing. “Tap is waiting to have its day,” he said one recent afternoon, sitting in a TriBeCa hotel clubhouse around the corner from an apartment he’s been renting since last month. Mr. Evans, or Captain America, as he’s been known in omnipresent Marvel movies for …

Hands-On Pinion Atom Review

We have been following the English watch manufacture Pinion from the very start (in 2013), reviewed their Axis, R1969, Iron Heart colab and Pure …

We underestimated the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—by 16 times

Less than a year ago, the scientific community thought the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was about the size of France. As tends to be the case with bad news about plastic pollution, the reality is worse than we thought. The massive floating agglomeration of plastic debris between California and …

Pollution

The Steel Revolution: How the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus changed watchmaking forever

Audemars Piguet

How a Farmer Built an IoT-Driven Farm

Greg Meandel is not your regular farmer — he loves to build and program IoT projects that remove the complexity from daily farm life.For instance, …

Twitter Is Rethinking Everything. At Last.

In a tech industry plagued by overconfidence, Jack Dorsey’s admission of helplessness is a refreshing blast of honesty.<p>Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said …

Social Media