Jeff Bradburn

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Working Backwards to the Technology

At WWDC in 1997, Steve Jobs, having just returned to Apple, held a wide-open Q&A session. There’s video — albeit low-quality (VHS transfer?) — on …

In a distributed world cache is king. Why routers are becoming the new server.

Much like Amazon(a amzn) sparked a revolution in not just corporate IT but also in how companies build out their infrastructure (you could probably …

A Taxonomy of Innovation

A version of this article appeared in the January–February 2014 issue of <i>Harvard Business Review</i>.

The Chief Data Officer: An executive whose time has come

I often ask people whether they know what Netflix, Harrah’s, Amazon and Wal-Mart have in common? The answer is pretty simple. They use data analytics …

Meet the people who keep some of your favorite games running

In many ways, 2013 was the year of the spectacular network outage.<p>The inability to keep gamers connected online hampered everything from the launch of major video games like <i>SimCity</i>, <i>GTA Online</i> and <i>Battlefield 4</i>, to console services like the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and, just this week, …

The Secret to Delighting Customers

What motivates employees to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a great customer experience? Disney tells a story about a little girl visiting a theme park who dropped her favorite doll over a fence. When staff retrieved the doll, she was covered in mud, so they made her a new outfit, …

Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy

Artwork: Freegums, Spacial Tension, 2011, acrylic on wood, 55″ x 44″<p>Founded 25 years ago by eight partners, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, rewrote the playbook in financial services. While many of its peers were stumbling and retrenching in the aftermath of the 2008 …

The Yelpification of IT: Let the People Tell You What Tech You Need

Ayan Barua was caught in IT hell.<p>He was working as a software developer for an IT consultant shop called Sapient, and the company had assigned him to …

If You’re Going to Change Your Culture, Do It Quickly

Culture change is a bear. The conventional wisdom is that it takes years to change a culture, defined as the assumed beliefs and norms that govern “the way we do things around here.” And few organizations explicitly use culture as a way to drive business performance, or even believe it could make …

The Three Pillars of a Teaming Culture

Building the right culture in an era of fast-paced teaming, when people work on a shifting mix of projects with a shifting mix of partners, might sound challenging – if not impossible. But, in my experience, in the most innovative companies, teaming <i>is</i> the culture.<p>Teaming is about identifying …

The IT Department Is Dead. Long Live the IT Department

Evernote CEO Phil Libin sounds like a lot of tech executives when he advocates for treating employees well. It's not just a nice thing to do, he …

Wibidata Machine Learning Platform Offers Capabilities Comparable To Amazon.com And Google

Wibidata, a big data application provider, has a new platform for building real-time apps that shows the increasing accessibility of machine learning and how e-commerce companies can provide an experience similar to a giant like Amazon.com.<p>The new WibiEnterprise 3.0 platform allows a company to …

Africa's tallest apartment building was built for luxury but filled with garbage

Johannesburg's Ponte Tower was built in 1975 as a monument to luxury. The enclosed space at the center of the cylindrical apartment block was to house shops and a dry ski slope; some of its apartments were three stories tall and came with inbuilt hot tubs. But Ponte Tower fell into disrepair, and …

Next gen NoSQL: The demise of eventual consistency?

The vast selection of NoSQL solutions today share qualities that have set them apart from their relational counterparts including shared-nothing, …

How Google Wins Over Users By Giving Them Less

User research may indicate that consumers want more choices. Google doesn’t listen–and has rated highest among any other brand out there.<p><i>Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from</i> Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity <i>by Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn.</i><p><i>“Focusing is about saying no. You’ve</i> …

The Most Innovative Google Employees Aren't Stanford/MIT grads

Google has long had a reputation for being a place that’s near impossible to get a job if you aren’t a Stanford or MIT grad. They not only asked you …

Employment

Google Believes Web Components Are The Future Of Web Development

While it was missing the skydiving antics of last year’s event, Google’s I/O keynote last week wasn’t short on product launches. In between the splashy updates to Google Maps, Search, Android and everything else Google announced, the company also briefly talked about Web Components for a few …

What Sets The Google Cloud Platform Apart From The Rest

There is a misperception about the new Google Cloud Platform that the company put into general availability last week at Google I/O. It’s not a brand new platform. It’s what Google has used for years. It is Google’s foundation. It is what makes Google, Google. And now it’s open for the first time …

Android’s Design Principles And The Calculus Of The Human Pleasure Response

Android UX and interaction design leads Helena Roeber and Rachel Garb gave a talk at Google I/O this year about the Android Design Principles (ADP) they helped create and introduced back in 2012 with the launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The ADP foll three simple principles, essentially …

The Future Of Mobile-Social Could Spell The End For Social Networks

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Keith Teare is the founder of just.me and a partner at Archimedes Labs. He is also the co-founder of TechCrunch. Follow him on Twitter @kteare.</i><p>Because of Google I/O, this was a momentous week for those of us who are watching the rapid transition that is taking place from desktop …

Some of the best articles you need to read about Google I/O

Google I/O 2013 has created a lot of buzz and of course, a lot of words. Here is my pick of some of the best pieces about Google’s annual developer …

How cognitive science and user empathy powered Google’s design breakthrough

Google has gone from a company that approached design through cold, hard data to one that’s employing gorgeous, user-centric interfaces.<p>Design was a big theme at this year’s Google I/O developer conference, with over a dozen sessions exploring design in some fashion. And you can see Google’s new …

A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine

A photographer finds abandoned sets used in the Star Wars films crumbling in the desert.<p>In <i>Star Wars</i> (or <i>Episode IV</i> if you want to be like <i>that</i>), Luke Skywalker spends the first 15 minutes whining about his misfortune for having been born on Tatooine. He can’t go to Beggar’s Canyon to shoot womp rats …

Clever Negative Space Animals

Negative space designs are very hard to create, but designer George Bokhua is a specialist in negative space. He designed this minimalist serie of …

Graphic Design

An Ode To Halfcat

Meet Halfcat, the first animal species native to Google Street View. Or a weird Photoshop? Either way:<p><i>Update</i>: We haven't been able to track down the Street View location for this image, and it's been floating around under different labels for a while. There's a good chance the Street View backstory …

Watch The National Debut "Sea Of Love" & "I Need My Girl" On Fallon

The National were on Jimmy Fallon last night, debuting two new songs from their forthcoming album <i>Trouble Will Find Me.</i> Between these new songs, …