Matt Sharp

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Why External Web Data Is Getting Vastly More Valuable

New forms of automation are changing the economics of external web data, making such data more valuable and a promising source of valuable insights. Both companies who use data and those who sell it are increasingly finding that gaining access and making use of such data is easier than ever. In …

The Coming Financial Bubble: Why It May Be The Worst Of All - Part I

<b>Intro</b><br>Asset bubbles have become a regular occurrence in modern history. From the first recorded bubble to the most recent, these destructive forces always leave a trail of misery in their wake. Is another bubble forming? I believe it is and will fully explain why in the next two articles. In this …

If Comcast And Time Warner Don't Compete Then Why Shouldn't They Merge?

This is an interesting little economic question. We don’t want to allow companies that have significant market power to merge with each other: for we assume, rightly, that such a merger will give them more market power. Market power being that code phrase for “be able to rip off the consumers”. And …

Minimum Wage Hike Feels Good Now, But Will Lead to Long-Term Pain

Monday the Seattle City Council unanimously agreed to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, a 61 percent increase over what was already the highest state minimum wage in the country.<p>Certainly a raise of this magnitude sounds compassionate. News stories profiled the likes of Somali immigrants and …

3 Questions to Help You Discover Your Share-Worthy Stories

In your day-to-day role of running a company, you put out fires, meet fascinating people, and face new challenges that shape you as a leader. These experiences aren’t just part of the job. They’re also the foundation of compelling content.<p>To capture your audience’s attention through content, you …

The Fallacies Of FCC's Net Neutrality Philosophy

This week, the Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Tom Wheeler will finally reveal a long-awaited ruling on net neutrality.<p>The set of commandments will swap today’s light-handed Internet oversight for regulation treating it like a public utility. The Internet isn’t broken, therefore it …

Why Is There No Uber For Prostitution?

Apps like Uber would seem to add a lot of value to the prostitution industry. The black market nature of the industry means that there are serious problems that arise for participants, and an app could help improve a lot of these. Because prostitutes can be arrested they are severely limited in …

Alibaba Could Fall Behind Tencent In Crucial Mobile Business

Some call it the “red envelope war,” but maybe we should just think of it as the battle of the Ma boys, Alibaba Group’s Jack Ma and Pony Ma of Tencent Holdings. Last week China’s two e-commerce giants went head to head to update an ancient Chinese custom.<p>Who won? In a sense, both did.<p>Hong …

Europe Is Still a Second-Rate Power

The continent’s economy is flagging, its population is declining, and issues like immigration and high taxes are stalling meaningful progress, even …

Getting Started With Ruby Processing

Want to learn Python Flask? Here’s Five Places To Get Started (Updated for 2015)

So I used to be a low-level programmer, in fact that’s what I spent most of my time doing while I was at CMU. I did wild and crazy things like …

Russia's debt downgraded to junk by Moody's

Move follows S&P’s downrating as agency predicts Ukraine crisis, falling oil price and rouble plunge will bring further gloom<p>Moody’s has cut Russia’s debt rating by one notch into “junk” territory, saying the Ukraine crisis and the fall in oil prices and plunging rouble would further undermine …

Malcolm X's assassination robbed the world of a Muslim civil rights visionary

Malcolm X is associated with violent black nationalism. But his conversion to Sunni Islam helped bring him back into the mainstream of American life. His assassination 50 years ago robbed the civil rights movement of a powerful leader<p>When Malcolm X was assassinated, <b>Time Magazine wrote</b> that he had …

Douglas Todd: The silent epidemic of suicide among men

Print<p>Related<p>It’s a hidden danger in divorce.<p>Karen and Dieter Holman tried to support their son as he underwent what he experienced as the sadness, …

Mental Health

Is It Extremely Hard To Be A Really Good Programmer?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: Is it extremely hard to be a really good programmer?</i><p><i>Answer by Greg Kemnitz, wrote the innards of “the world’s smallest (SQL-capable) database”, on Quora</i><p>As someone who’s hopefully a decent programmer (after all, I’ve been doing it since the mid 1980s, and …

What I Learned From Interviewing 163 Entrepreneurs About Failure

<i>This post is co-authored by Dorie Clark and Matthew Turner.</i><p>We always hear about the success stories. Mark Zuckerberg launching in his dorm room. The WhatsApp guys selling for $19 billion. Uber disrupting the taxi industry, and pretty soon everything else. But along the way, even the most successful …

The Reason Why Google Glass, Amazon Fire Phone and Segway All Failed

Despite huge fanfare at launch, after a few brief months Google Glass is no longer on the market. The Amazon FirePhone was also launched to great hype, yet sales flopped and the company recently took a $170M write off on inventory.<p><b>Do you blame the CEO?</b><p><i>Fortune</i> mercilessly blamed Fire Phone’s failure …

The Languages And Frameworks That You Should Learn In 2015

Last week, we asked you which were the languages and frameworks you were looking forward to learn in 2015. 47 of you replied, and here are your …

Test Your Programming Skills With These Online Competitions

Advertisement<p>Are you in a programming rut? Worried that your coding skills have hit a plateau? On the verge of burning out? Sometimes the answer is …

Community Service: Microsoft Gives Students Free Programming Tools On GitHub

Microsoft’s sometimes lauded (and occasionally ridiculed) “turnaround” to become the ‘all new & improved’ Microsoft continues apace. A sizeable chunk of Redmond’s corporate reimagining and reengineering has seen the firm suddenly get the open religion and start to embrace open source, open …

Design Inspiration & Ideas from Envato

Whether you want to give context to a scene, create a smooth transition between takes, or simply delight an audience …<p>Welcome to video on Envato …

The Case for Learning C as Your First Programming Language

We could probably debate forever which programming language is best to learn first—it could depend on your goals and other considerations. Mac …

Software design vs. software architecture

The architecture of a system is its ‘skeleton’. It’s the highest level of abstraction of a system. What kind of data storage is present, how do …

Swift is great, but you should still know Objective-C first

Apple sent waves through the developer community on Monday when it announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac OS X apps that’s designed to be fast, modern, and easy to learn by limiting the amount of boilerplate code needed to solve and debug common problems.<p>With the growing …

Twitter introduces Fabric, its first platform for mobile app developers

Twitter’s play to win mobile developers’ hearts with a suite of products, dubbed Fabrice, is live. CEO Dick Costolo announced the news Wednesday at …