Posts tagged ‘Startups’
The one weekend that I decide to abjure from all things electronic and hang out with my wife, famous tech blogger Michael Arrington (@arrington) starts a scrap with some incredibly ill-conceived comments while being interviewed for @Soledad_OBrien’s documentery Black In America 4 which explores the black experience in technology. At first, as any intelligent person would, I thought, “I’m just going to stay out of this.” But as an African-American who’s been in the Valley as a programmer, entrepreneur, blogger, published author, and board member for over 23 years and who has lived on the 3rd rail of our collective discomfort with race as a happily married member of an interracial couple for the past 25 years, I thought it was worth giving my perspective.
The first thing that I have to say is that the Valley, by and large, has treated me and my family very well. By the time I was 28, I was making more $$ than my father ever had – even though he was a renowned plant pathologist whose opinion was sought the world over (including Apartheid South Africa who offered to make him an “honorary white person” to gain his expertise – and no, I’m not kidding). (more…)
First, for the true fans of the bard out there I know the correct quote is not bubble, bubble but Double, Double. However since this post is about whether we are in another early stage tech bubble, I decided to stick with the misquote. Is the current technology bubble like the one that popped (with disastrous consequences) in 2001? My take is this: yes, but one with a fundamentally better foundation than the flimsiness, silliness, and near fraud that made the 1998 bubble so fragile and toxic. (more…)