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Trust: The First Obstacle for Tech in Emerging Economies

In my latest article for @TheNextWeb, I discuss how the first obstacle for tech. communities and industries to flourish is the obstacle of building trust within the community.  Find the article in full using the following link: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/20/for-tech-industries-to-develop-in-emerging-economies-the-first-obstacle-is-trust/    

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Disruption or Disintermediation? The Nature of Change of Our Changing Nature.

The use of the word ‘disruption’ to describe the changes brought about by the ubiquity of computational devices and connectivity to the internet has become cliché. The term is useful in that it provides a rhetorical safety net by simultaneously describing everything and nothing, but its lack of precision inhibits technologists from achieving the goal […]

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Larry Page Did Well to Ignore Steve Jobs

In my latest piece published on TheNextWeb.com I argue that Larry Page’s smartest move as CEO of Google has been to ignore Steve Jobs’ advice to keep the company focused. Find the Article here: http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/01/12/larry-page-did-well-to-ignore-steve-jobs/?fromcat=all

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When the U.N. Clashes with the Internet: The Crisis of Legitimacy of Representation

My latest blogpost comes via the World Economic Forum’s Blog. In it I discuss the crisis inherent in the recent conflict between the International Telecomunications Union and the members of the internet. I also discuss how this crisis manifests itself in both the news media as well as the private sector. Check it out here: […]

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Google V. The French Media: Who Will Surrender?

By Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo If you’re either a techie or a media junkie you’re likely aware that Google and the French media are currently barreling down the information highway in each other’s direction playing a high stakes game of chicken. Google, operating on the assumption that the French always surrender (do I need to say which side […]

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The Secret of A Successful Young Entrepreneur

I usually temper the amount of alcohol I consume when in a professional setting because when under the influence I tend to lose the split second of judgment that determines when a question is appropriate or not. On this occasion (this was while still with my previous employer), however, with a belly full of red wine […]

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Why Would Google Make glasses and Sell Fiber-Optic Internet in Kansas?

After a prolonged absence from my blog resulting from extensive travel (both work and pleasure), I’ve come back with two blog posts on the subject of my former employer, Google. The questions I want to set out to address in this post is why would Google want to make and sell glasses and why would […]

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Freedom is Complexity

Sometimes your memory, though falible, acts as a filter, sorting out the bad ideas from the good ideas and preserving the really good ideas. For this reason I occasionally ignore my deep desire to write something down because I know that, if the idea is truly worth remembering, I will indeed remember it. Back in July […]

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Disrupting the Hospitality and Food Industry Through Crowd-Sourcing Economic Activities

Growing up in the province of New Brunswick, Canada I was keenly aware that one family, the Irving family, owned and operated most industry. Whether it be oil/gasoline/ forestry/paper products/transportation of people and goods/media, whatever industry the Irving’s chose they generally weren’t satisfied until vertical integration was complete. In the case of transportation, for example, the Irving’s owned […]

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What if Google Created its own Currency?

What if Google Created its own Currency?

My latest blogpost comes via @TheNextWeb, and in it I discuss how Google should create its own currency in order to complete the social eco-system by giving people around the world a means to create online transactions without depending on the banking system.

Right now if you want to buy or sell something online you have to already have access to a bank account and often times a credit card. Though this system works for those from the developed world, it doesn’t work for the hundreds of millions of people in the so-called “Third World” who have access to the internet before having access to a bank account.

What then if we could create a way to earn and spend money online without needing a bank account? What if Google made such a system a fundamental component of Google+? These are the questions I seek to address in this post.

Special Thank to @TheNextWeb for providing me the opportunity to publish on one of my favourite web publications. 

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