America has become so anti-innovation – it’s economic suicide

  Innovation drives economic growth. It boosts productivity, making it possible to create more wealth with less labor. When economies don’t innovate, the result is stagnation, inequality, and the whole horizon of hopelessness that has come to define the lives of most working people today. Juicero isn’t just an entertaining bit of Silicon Valley stupidity. […]

Mossberg: Lousy ads are ruining the online experience

  Last Saturday, as the New England Patriots were sloppily beating the Houston Texans 34–16 in a playoff game, I wanted to look at the highlight video of a play using the NFL app on my iPad. To watch that 14-second clip, I had to suffer through a 30-second ad for something so irrelevant to […]

Medium lays off a third of its staff as it searches for a new business model

  Williams soured on the ad market, he said, after coming to believe it leads directly to mindless clickbait, fake news, and other undesirable content. “It’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet,” Williams wrote. “It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to.” (Disclosure: The Verge is ad-driven […]

Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school

  Whenever I hear the phrase “creative industries” I’m always surprised. I ask myself, are there any uncreative industries? If so, how do they survive? Why aren’t they in a museum, next to the dodo? The world is changing at such a blistering pace that businesses without creativity at their core are doomed. Innovate or […]

China’s funeral revolutionaries

In March 2013, something clicked: Wang would have to inter his mother eventually, and he decided that he and Xu could do it better than the hucksters and faceless bureaucrats he’d dealt with in the autumn. Wang had found his business idea, although its contours were still hazy. He had studied the Silicon Valley mode […]