How to Email

“Brevity signals respect.” Continue reading

The Puerto Rican Financial Crisis, an American Crisis

Map Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican people lose. American corporations win. Continue reading

How Email Became The Most Reviled Communication Experience Ever

This is like everything I’ve ever thought or read on why email sucks, how we got here, and how we can approach it differently…all in one article.

Btw, if you ever write me about something important, and I don’t hit you back, don’t take it personal. Just call me! I’ll do the same. Continue reading

Hacking Team Hacked

You have been hacked.

You can’t make this stuff up. Earlier this week a spyware vendor, named the Hacking Team, was hacked.
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Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Trends

Mary Meeker is a badass researcher, famous in some circles. Her annual internet trends report is understood to be a sort of “State of Affairs.” She’s known for covering a huge breadth of research every year in under 20mins (she … Continue reading

How NFC Can Help Conference Attendees

This was originally published on, where I’m a semi-regularly contributing blogger. Continue reading

Looking Back, Around, & Forward

O'Reilly Media

I’ve recently said farewell to O’Reilly Media. I don’t think I can sum up how I’m feeling, but my goodbye email to the company, repurposed below, comes close. Continue reading

It Takes a Nation(builder)

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been increasingly enthused by a new-ish product on the web, NationBuilder.  I’ve been using it to help my brother, David Levitt, and his campaign for US Senate . It’s a really powerful system for anyone trying to organize online communities.  While its target users are organizers of political campaigns, it’s applicability is much broader.  In their own words, “Whether you are a non-profit, political candidate, speaker, indie filmmaker, or destined for greatness, if you want to really have an impact, you need to build a nation.”  They’re right. Continue reading

Goodbye, Bank. Hello, Credit Union.

Back in September, 650,000 people did something smart with their money. The timing wasn’t right for me to join those who participated in Bank Transfer Day on November 5th, but I’ve finally begun. In fact, I’m almost done with my transition from being a customer of a corporate bank to being a member of a local credit union, namely Redwood Credit Union. Late is definitely better than never in this case. Below I reflect a little on why it took me so long and why I chose to do it now. Continue reading