When the lines between consumer and business blur

I have (mostly) stayed away from all things Silicon Valley for some time now. After all, I moved across the country two years ago. This relates to a recent post by the New York City-based venture capitalist, Fred Wilson. Fred was writing about a panel he moderated on how globalization and outsourcing are changing the [...]

Small business at Harvard.edu!

I have long been a fan of Doc Searls from his seminal (co-authored) publication, The Cluetrain Manifesto, to his work with Linux Journal, and more recently his tireless battles for consumers who are tracked across the internet like so many bits of soulless data. Today Doc features small business and how credit cuts against them [...]

I’ll show you my credit score, if you’ll show me . . .

I just came across the news that Facebook has a patent on an invention that allows lenders to view the credit scores of our circle of friends on Facebook to determine whether or not we are creditworthy. Check out some coverage here. I couldn't be more concerned about how social data are being collected in [...]

Credit is broken; And it needs a unicorn?

I easily tire of Silicon Valley fads. One is the (recent) ubiquitous use of the term unicorn to describe super-unique start-ups that become huge wins for investors. Also, my daughters trained me in a different view of unicorns. Still, a recent TechCrunch post that used the term caught my eye. The author is predicting a [...]