Being Hot Doesn’t Negate Your Right To Privacy

This week, the internet worked itself into a frenzy over leaked naked celebrity pictures.  I haven’t looked at these pictures, and you shouldn’t either.  Being hot doesn’t negate your right to privacy. Earlier this year, a political activist was arrested for breaking into a nursing home and photographing Rose Cochran, the wife of Mississippi Senator … Continue reading Being Hot Doesn’t Negate Your Right To Privacy

Travels in the “Heartland” Part 1

I’m on vacation this week, and getting a chance to experience life outside the Silicon Valley bubble.  I use the term “heartland” with a certain irony, since for our vacation, life outside the Silicon Valley bubble consists of visiting Los Angeles (my ancestral home) and the suburbs of Orlando (where Alisha’s family now lives)–both of … Continue reading Travels in the “Heartland” Part 1

The Myth of the Celebrity Entrepreneur

A couple of days ago, I ran across a blog post asking how unknowns could compete with celebrity entrepreneurs. It’s a common question, and becoming more relevant as the expansion of the startup ecosystem (including trade press like TechCrunch and Mashable, who act as our version of paparazzi) and the relative paucity of IPOs in … Continue reading The Myth of the Celebrity Entrepreneur

Does Social Media make people miserable?

One of the unexpected effects of the rise of social media may be its impact on the perception of inequality. We know that the perception of inequality can have a negative effect on happiness. Comparing oneself to others is a potent and dangerous temptation. Indeed, studies show that most people would prefer a situation in … Continue reading Does Social Media make people miserable?

The Dangers of Unrealistic Wallet Image

Every once in a while, I come across a blog post that suddenly crystallizes something I’ve always known but never consciously realized. This week, it was this post by Sasha Pasulka, drawing the analogy between the issues some women have with body image with the issues men have with wallet image: “I know how it … Continue reading The Dangers of Unrealistic Wallet Image