Nairobi Tech Ecosystem Pivots to 2.0

Tech ecosystems are all the rage these days. In the hopes of finding the “next Silicon Valley,” apparently, we have silicon flowing through hills (Austin), a city (Bengaluru), a mountain (Buea, Cameroon), an oasis (Dubai), a gorge (Bristol, UK), and a savannah (Nairobi). For all the pivoting, no one has yet claimed  Silicon Cobalt Valley … Continue reading Nairobi Tech Ecosystem Pivots to 2.0

Why I No Longer Blog About Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship

I no longer give "free advice" online about entrepreneurship and business-building. It's not that I want to keep secrets. It's simply a matter of leveraging good timing. The best advice @ the wrong time = a distraction or simply a good-to-know The best advice @ the right time = rainbows made of gold As I've … Continue reading Why I No Longer Blog About Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship

I Just Coded My First AI, and I Didn’t Expect it to Feel Like This

I am no programmer, coder, or mathematician. I was required to take one computer-science class in college, and I barely passed—and that was over 20 years ago. Yet here I found myself, in my forties, sitting on my porch with my new best friends Python and Numpy, voluntarily trying to build my first neural network. … Continue reading I Just Coded My First AI, and I Didn’t Expect it to Feel Like This

Amazon’s AI Strategy is a Thing of Beauty

You know that feeling when you've just seen the most perfect sunset? Or when you watch Roger Federer hit a perfect drop shot in the most unexpected situation?  Or that first time you heard "Alexander Hamilton?" Utter. Beauty. That's exactly how I feel as I learn about Amazon's last-to-leader ascension with AI.  As it turns … Continue reading Amazon’s AI Strategy is a Thing of Beauty

How Dangerous Will AI Be? 30 Leaders Weigh In

Will AI save us or kill us, or both? Look at what these 30+ key business leaders, world leaders, and AI experts have to say, and you will get everything from "we're summoning the demon," (Elon Musk) to "with AI especially, I am really optimistic," (Mark Zuckerberg).  The actual quotes are below, but here's where … Continue reading How Dangerous Will AI Be? 30 Leaders Weigh In

One Simple Hack to Be A Thankful Person

When it comes to fighting off worry, anxiety, sadness, and discontentment, there may be no better life hack than the practice of gratitude. There is now significant science around the many benefits of being a thankful person (not to mention, being a more awesome person to be around!). During this Thanksgiving week, are you up … Continue reading One Simple Hack to Be A Thankful Person

OK, I Finally Understand Bitcoin After Watching This Video

Have you been frustrated at all of these Bitcoin explainers that leave you with more questions than answers? Can someone please break it down for me? As hard as I wracked my brain, they still didn't make sense. I finally figured out why. It wasn't that I didn't get Bitcoin. Actually, I didn't understand money … Continue reading OK, I Finally Understand Bitcoin After Watching This Video

Forget About Amazon HQ2, Where will AI be Headquartered?

238 cities are vying to become Amazon's second headquarters.  An estimated 1 million words (War & Peace twice over!) have been written speculating the much-anticipated outcome. With all the hype, we're ignoring a more important question: where will artificial intelligence be headquartered? Won't these new AI HQs spawn the next 10 Amazons? To find these cities, … Continue reading Forget About Amazon HQ2, Where will AI be Headquartered?