Microsoft and the Smartphone Problem

I was backstage at FiRe, the annual Future in Review technology conference I run, a few years ago, and Ray Ozzie (then Microsoft’s Chief Software…

Seattle’s shiny economic future depends on city-owned broadband

Seattle moved out of character this winter, as the “12th Man" fanfare drew everyone into the excitement of the Seahawks' Superbowl win. How did it…

Out of Bill’s shadow: How CEO Satya Nadella can reinvent Microsoft

The problem for Microsoft has never been making money; Steve Ballmer proved that beyond a doubt. Rather, the company's historic challenge (other than avoiding Justice…

The future of Bitcoin in a volatile world

Hardly a day passes when I am not asked what I think about Bitcoin — as a technology, as an investment, as a currency for…

What Mars means to Earth

As you are no doubt aware, at 1:38 a.m. on Monday morning, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech succeeded in landing a one-ton rover named…