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Apple Vision Pro – Tech in the Search of a Market

A version of this article previously appeared in Fortune. If you haven’t been paying attention Apple has started shipping its Apple Vision Pro, its take on a headset that combines Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). The product is an amazing technical tour de force. But the product/market fit of this first iteration is a swing and...

Tue Feb 13, 2024 16:13
Technology, Innovation, and Great Power Competition – 2023 Wrap Up

We just wrapped up the third year of our Technology, Innovation, and Great Power Competition class –part of Stanford’s Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation. Joe Felter, Mike Brown and I teach the class to: Give our students an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities for the United States in its enduring strategic competition...

Tue Feb 6, 2024 16:09
The Department of Defense Is Getting Its Innovation Act Together – But More Can Be Done

This post previously appeared in Defense News  and C4SIR. Despite the clear and present danger of threats from China and elsewhere, there’s no agreement on what types of adversaries we’ll face; how we’ll fight, organize, and train; and what weapons or systems we’ll need for future fights. Instead, developing a new doctrine to deal with these new issues...

Mon Jan 15, 2024 17:22
The Secret History of Minnesota Part 1: Engineering Research Associates

This post is the latest in the “Secret History Series.” They’ll make much more sense if you watch the video or read some of the earlier posts for context. See the Secret History bibliography for sources and supplemental reading. No Knowledge of Computers Silicon Valley emerged from work in World War II led by Stanford professor Fred Terman developing...

Mon Dec 11, 2023 16:54
Even the Smartest VCs Sometimes Get it Wrong – Bill Gurley and Regulated Markets

Bill Gurley was one of Silicon Valley’s smartest and most successful VCs. He recently gave a talk at the All-In Summit that was really two talks in one. The first part was railing against the consequences of regulatory capture on innovation and a second part, about the consequences of premature government regulation of AI and why the incumbents are...

Tue Nov 7, 2023 17:06
Leaving Government for the Private Sector – Part 2

Laura Thomas is a former CIA operations officer. Reading how she moved in 2021 from CIA ops to a quantum technology company offered insightful career transition advice for those leaving her agency. Most of her lessons were applicable to any government employee venturing out to the private sector. Below is the second of her three-part series. Read part...

Mon Oct 23, 2023 16:35

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