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Hopeful skeptics

The failure of education is that during 16 years students live in a world in which every problem has an answer. Then they graduate to find out that …

Education

A Trump conservative agenda that make sense

<b>What Trump is doing as a conservative pro business candidate:</b>Rehash Obamacare without tackling the reasons why health care is so expensive which …

Health Care

NYC vs Bay Area vs Miami, Pros and Cons based on my experience in those three cities

<b>NYC pros:</b>Massive and diverse, tremendous amounts of smart ambitious people.It is the most beautiful city in the USA with great architecture and …

Miami Beach

But daddy, how are babies made?

“But daddy how are babies made?”Last Friday, during Shabbat, our daughter, Mia, popped the question: “How are babies made?” Nina, my wife, is 24 …

Pregnancy

The next Trump

As depressing as Trump counter factual populism is, there is something even more worrying: the conditions that made Trump happen are not going away. …

Education

The world as seen from San Francisco

Last night I had dinner in San Francisco with an illustrious group of people. Some of them would arguably be perceived as the smartest people around. …

Silicon Valley

Leo and I find the future

Today Leo (9) and I were on Messenger, using video, he in Madrid and me in Miami. We were having a long conversation as he walked around Madrid doing …

Genetically Modified Food

My elevator is way too dumb

My elevator talks to me. But doesn’t listen. It says “8th floor” when we get there. But I can’t just say “8th floor” to go up, I have to press a …

Elevators

The “life in bed” economy

Unfortunately yesterday while on a road bike ride in Miami, I crashed. It wasn’t awful. I will be fine soon. But today I have pain in different parts …

Kindle

How to stop rising sea level

Here’s an idea I had to stop rising sea level. This plan assumes that we will fail at stopping emissions and that rising sea level will be a reality. …

Climate Change

Let’s stop blaming ourselves for ISIS

The war on terror has been brutal, inhumane, extremely costly and ineffective. But as opposed to what many argue, it is not Western brutality that …

Islamic State (ISIS)

What is disappearing from my life and what is replacing it

Here is a list that explains how technology is disrupting my life.-newspapers: Twitter,Facebook,newspaper online apps, news apps.<br>-magazines:Medium, …

WhatsApp

Fathers and their boys: the ten year silence

I am a father to three girls and three boys. But this post is only about the father son relationship. More precisely it is about father son …

Parenting

Thanksgiving, but every day

I celebrated 18 Thanksgivings in the USA, then moved to Europe for 19 years and now I am back in the US celebrating Thanksgiving again. Thanksgiving …

Thanksgiving

No, this is not WWIII

Recently quite a few people have been using the term WWIII to speak about the new escalation of global terrorism. This is wrong. If the comparison …

VCs and PE firms are at war with each other

As I work on financing Prelude Fertility, the venture that will change the way people start families, a new company that lies in between a private …

Venture Capital

Architecture is like fashion frozen in time

The challenge with architecture is that it’s like fashion but frozen in time. Imagine you were walking around NYC and you saw people dressed exactly …

Frozen

Google is under attack by two highly focused rivals

I was a big fan of Android, but since I got the iPhone 6 plus with the latest iOS updates, I switched to Apple. Many have done the same. In the US, …

Google

I was a refugee

My friends have a hard time to believe it now, but when the Argentine military murdered David Varsavsky (yes little David honors him) we fled the …

Refugees

Europe is freedom, if you love freedom, you are welcome

I am in favor of EU receiving war refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. These people are victims of horrible wars and war crimes, some partly …

Refugees

Stop grading high school science students

Science is used in high schools around the world to rank students. This is especially true in Europe and Asia. But most students score poorly in …

Education

Understanding German generosity vis a vis Syrian refugees

How can Germans be so generous vis a vis taking refugees in Europe? Germany will probably take around a million refugees, especially Syrians. …

Pobre España

Spain’s economy goes from existential threat to existential threat. It all started in the 90s with the country betting its future on the construction …

Economy

Argentina Shows Why Greeks Should Not Have Defaulted

Greeks voted to default.<p>Both alternatives were bad but staying was the better choice. Greece reminds me of my native Argentina.<p>Greeks vote for easy …

Greece

Terrorism, so what

Terrorists calling themselves Muslims killed mostly other Muslims and some non Muslims in horrific attacks in Tunisia, France, Kuwait, Somalia and …

Terrorism

What’s wrong with the US can be fixed by what’s right with the US

US spends more on health care than any other nation, yet Americans live less than those in any developed nation. US spends almost half of what the …

Health Care

Vodafone becomes the new Fon partner in Spain and Italy

Today is a very special day for me and everyone else at Fon. I am happy to announce the Vodafone and Fon partnership, to expand the Fon network in …

Wi-Fi

Slow parenting

As parents we are supposed to teach our kids to be patient. But in my case one big learning from being a parent has been to learn to be patient …

Parenting

German is a greater challenge for English translation engines than Spanish · Martin Varsavsky | English

I am struggling to learn German. It is not reading and writing, which surprisingly is easy in German. German like Spanish and as opposed to French or …

Language