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Suggestions for LinkedIn

25/04/2011 @ 23:00 UTC

Anil : Suggestions for LinkedIn - I know lots of people use LinkedIn and like it. It seems more like a sort of obligation for me, but I know lots of nice people who work there, so I thought I'd collect some of my frustrations with the service and turn them intro constructive suggestions

Funding a Startup Without VC

18/04/2011 @ 23:00 UTC

Anil : Funding a Startup Without VC - I love entrepreneurship, and I love tech startups, but sometimes I'm struck by the lack of perspective that many tech entrepreneurs have about creating a startup. One of the most common things that entrepreneurs in the tech sector lose sight of is that mo

The Health Graph: Mortal Threats & Signs of Life

13/04/2011 @ 07:00 UTC

Anil : The Health Graph: Mortal Threats & Signs of Life - Two years ago, I said that the executive branch of the U.S. federal government was the most interesting tech startup of 2009. That optimism started to bear fruit just a few months later, with one of my favorite examples being what I called "The Health Gra

Anil Dash consults an expert on the actual dangers of radiation exposure

29/03/2011 @ 22:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Anil Dash consults an expert on the actual dangers of radiation exposure - "risk of harm is a function of both dose and dose rate"

cobra libre : Anil Dash: TMI: Fear, Fukushima and Facts #

Anil : TMI: Fear, Fukushima and Facts - Thirty-two years ago today, I noticed that things were odd at our pre-school. The teachers had drawn the blinds closed in a few rooms and at least one of the other kids had had his mom pick him up in a big wood-sided station wagon before the day was actua

TMI: Fear, Fukushima and Facts

29/03/2011 @ 05:00 UTC

Anil : TMI: Fear, Fukushima and Facts - Thirty-two years ago today, I noticed that things were odd at our pre-school. The teachers had drawn the blinds closed in a few rooms and at least one of the other kids had had his mom pick him up in a big wood-sided station wagon before the day was actua

Pen Nerds and Finding Better Tools

17/03/2011 @ 02:00 UTC

Anil : Pen Nerds and Finding Better Tools - While I've always liked doing a lot of my notes and writing with pen and ink, I've never been particularly well-versed in the latest innovations and trends in the handwriting world. But! I know this is exactly the sort of endeavor that attracts nerds, and

Apple and Appropriate Secrecy

8/03/2011 @ 20:00 UTC

Anil : Apple and Appropriate Secrecy - About a year and a half ago, I was disappointed with one of the key choices Apple had made, given that they're often described as one of the most admired companies in the world. I wrote a piece called "Secrecy Does Not Scale", to try to describe the issue

NYC MTA FTW

6/03/2011 @ 02:00 UTC

Anil : NYC MTA FTW - This weekend here in NYC is Transportation Camp. While I can't make it out to what's already sounding like it's been an amazing event, I thought the moment marked a nice time to look back at one of the successes we've seen around open transportation here

Malcolm Browne Dash

19/02/2011 @ 06:00 UTC

Anil : Malcolm Browne Dash - Please meet Malcolm Browne Dash. He's my son, born February 9th weighing in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. The days (and yes, the nights) over this last week or so have been a blur, but one thing that's crystal clear, beside his abiding cuteness, is that this

Reading is Fundamental

1/02/2011 @ 09:00 UTC

Anil : Reading is Fundamental - A few months ago, I wrote about fat pages, the unbearable burden of clutter that often makes reading on the web so much less pleasant than it ought to be. It ended with a sincere wish: So, if these smart folks are right, and lots of people value a clea

Mom and Pop, At Web Scale

26/01/2011 @ 17:00 UTC

Anil : Mom and Pop, At Web Scale - One of the first questions venture capital investors ask people who make tech products and tech startups is if the entrepreneurs behind them are just trying to have a "lifestyle business". It's a euphemistic term, usually used with a slightly derogatory t

Appreciation

25/01/2011 @ 02:00 UTC

Anil : Appreciation - Today is Community Moderator Appreciation Day, a well-deserved moment of recognition for people who make the web more humane, more thoughtful, more helpful and more useful. This is a bottomless topic for me, but perhaps the best way to observe it is to s

How should a White House Quora Work?

21/01/2011 @ 23:00 UTC

Anil : How should a White House Quora Work? - Summary: The White House is looking to build a web community to get its questions answered, sort of their own Quora, and they're trying to do it the right way. They're asking those who would participate to help shape how the community itself works. They'r

Heroes of the Web

8/01/2011 @ 00:00 UTC

Anil : Heroes of the Web - Great news for the web today, some of the smartest folks I know are doing what they do best: Making the web better. Take Paul Ford's thoughts on "Why Wasn't I Consulted?", the driving inspiration behind much of what happens on the modern web. It was exa

If You Didn't Blog It, It Didn't Happen

4/01/2011 @ 19:00 UTC

Anil : If You Didn't Blog It, It Didn't Happen - Clive Thompson's newest Wired piece argues that the flow of short-form messages as we see on Twitter and Facebook is encouraging longer meditations in other media. I've been thinking about this phenomenon for a while in terms of the impact that it has on

Three's a Trend: The Decline of Google Search Quality

3/01/2011 @ 17:00 UTC

Anil : Three's a Trend: The Decline of Google Search Quality - Noticing a pattern here? Paul Kedrosky, Dishwashers, and How Google Eats Its Own Tail: Google has become a snake that too readily consumes its own keyword tail. Identify some words that show up in profitable searches -- from appliances, to mesotheliom

Delivery As A Service

20/12/2010 @ 22:00 UTC

Anil : Delivery As A Service - Since a few people told me they found my notes on cloudtop applications useful when I posted them a few months ago, I thought I'd share some more notes in the same spirit. Part of my immediate motivation was when my friend Andre wrote up some notes on bui

Getting to work with the New York Tech Meetup

17/12/2010 @ 23:00 UTC

Anil : Getting to work with the New York Tech Meetup - Thank you to those of you who supported my bid for a board seat in the New York Tech Meetup election. Being considered amongst such talented and accomplished peers is an honor, and being elected from among them is even more so, especially alongside Evan K

I'm running for the New York Tech Meetup board

14/12/2010 @ 05:00 UTC

Anil : I'm running for the New York Tech Meetup board - This is a bit outside of my usual realm, but I decided to run for the board of the New York Tech Meetup, the monthly event that's home for the tech, startup and innovation communities here in New York City. Since it's not the sort of thing I have done bef

Freedom, Trust, and Other Boring Software Features

2/12/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

Anil : Freedom, Trust, and Other Boring Software Features - Providing more evidence that blogging is something you can get better at the longer you do it, my friend Rafe Colburn put out a brilliant post the other day outlining a third kind of software freedom. What Apple offers in exchange for giving up Freedom

Gawker Is A Blog. Just Like Twitter.

2/12/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

Anil : Gawker Is A Blog. Just Like Twitter. - I love blogs. Nick Denton wrote over on Lifehacker about the pending redesign of Gawker's blogs, with a lot of great insights into the leading edge of web publishing today. As with any thoughtful, provocative writing of such length, it inspired some great

The Other Startup Advice

18/11/2010 @ 00:00 UTC

Anil : The Other Startup Advice - Recently, I've had the chance to talk to a lot of talented people who are working on new projects or new startups, most of which aren't really companies yet, but all of which are interesting to various degrees. It's quite a privilege, to be trusted by peo

In Defense of Security Theater (Sorta)

15/11/2010 @ 17:00 UTC

Anil : In Defense of Security Theater (Sorta) - I travel often, and until relatively recently I was doing over 100,000 miles a year. I've cut back a lot because my jobs have changed and I felt bad about my carbon footprint, but the bottom line is I've spent a lot of quality time with the TSA. And amids

Imposing a Metcalfe Tax

11/11/2010 @ 19:00 UTC

Anil : Imposing a Metcalfe Tax - Bob Metcalfe's most famous pronouncement is known these days as Metcalfe's Law, the idea that the value of a network increases with the scale of its number of members. Metcalfe formulated this concept in the context of telecommunications networks, but it

Facebook and Skeletons

8/11/2010 @ 05:00 UTC

Anil : Facebook and Skeletons - I'm quoted in today's New York Times, talking about how politicians in this year's election have had to confront their pasts, as shared through social networks: “I think all of us know that politicians would have to confront the Facebook skeleton

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