Top articles of the week | April 13

April 13, 2019

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

The Business of Your Face Fortune

Facial recognition as a business is flourishing thanks to advances in the technology. Several companies are offering the software to businesses and the industry is growing quite rapidly. This piece in Fortune details the various players in the space as well as the important privacy concerns being raised.

Nothing Is Free (Unless You Sign Up) Bloomberg

This is a post from last year but still super relevant today especially with all the tech IPOs in the US.

The fun view of the venture-capital-subsidized perpetual-loss-leading user-growth-at-any-cost economy is that it represents socialism as the transcendent end state of capitalism, a capitalism that is so refined that it consists of just giving people free stuff in exchange only for their willingness to take it.

Russia wants to cut itself off from the global internet. Here’s what that really means. MIT Technology Review

This is a fascinating (and frightening) experiment that is occurring in Russia. A law is currently proposed that would create a “sovereign internet” in the country. It’s a tremendously difficult technical challenge and is wrought with political implications. It is interesting to see the impact that new technologies have on geopolitics and the strategy undertaken by autocratic governments.

The Most Hyped Technology of Every Year From 2000-2018 Visual Capitalist

Nothing captures our collective imagination quite like emerging technology. This statement rings true in many different ways. Technologies come and go yet their fascination is enduring. This post dissects which technologies met expectations and which underwhelmed. As an aside, we witnessed first hand how certain technologies can be overhyped. We launched an April Fool’s blog post poking fun at AI (we called it Actual Intelligence). The joke sort of backfired when many people believed it and reached out with celebratory comments…

The Feedback Paradox: Brutal Honesty, Radical Transparency, Radical Candor and Netflix Joe Dunn

In our strategy work, oftentimes the biggest challenge for our customers is cultural change. One key element to create an innovative culture is the ability to candid and share feedback openly. This great post by Joe Dunn highlights the paradox this entails. People want to be comfortable in their work and not feel threatened. He provide the examples of two strong cultures, Netflix and Bridgewater to illustrate the point.