• How a Scrabble champion reflects our new era of disruption

    July 28, 2015

    The Championnat Mondial de Scrabble Francophone (the French-language world Scrabble championship) crowned its winner last week: Nigel Richards. If that name doesn’t sound French to you, that’s because it isn’t. Nigel Richards hails from New Zealand. In fact, he doesn’t even know how to speak French! New Zealander wins French Scrabble Championship sounds like a […]

  • Nikkei acquires FT, and debunks several myths

    July 27, 2015

    As rather recursively reported in the FT last Thursday, Japan’s largest media company, Nikkei, will acquire the Financial Times Group from Pearson for a handsome £844 million. The eleventh hour offer for the London-based global news organization stunned rival bidders, and debunked several myths along the way in my opinion: Myth #1: Japanese acquirers are […]

  • Summer reading list 2015

    July 22, 2015

    Time for the RudeVC summer reading list again. The only guidelines for qualifying for this list are: i) to have some connection to startups, technology, VC, or Europe; and ii) to not be too heavy or overbearingly intellectual (it is summer, after all). It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower. I […]

  • Dear person who stole my triathlon bag

    July 18, 2015

    Dear person who stole my triathlon bag, I’m naive enough to believe that all people are inherently good, or at minimum, act rationally. So it bewilders me when petty thefts like the one this morning occur. Following a common ritual, I hung my triathlon bag with sandals on a tree before changing into my bike […]

  • When engineers mix with artists, amazing things can happen. So why segregate them?

    July 7, 2015

    Skimming through the alumni magazine of my undergraduate engineering school, I stumbled onto an article about a student project from a course called Data as Art. Data as Art is a course that groups students from my engineering school alma mater with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in a combined art-meets-engineering curriculum. […]

  • Introducing the French Taule Ticket

    July 1, 2015

    [credits: Junjie Peng for the artwork; the French taxi union for the motivation; the French government for the inspiration]

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