TWITTER TURNS 10

Twitter turns 10 today. And in 10 years Twitter has changed our world and how we connect, communicate and share with people around the world. And in 10 years Twitter’s journey has been a roller coaster ride where it went from a scrappy startup to a public company. Here is a quick history of Twitter in tweets from Wired. Who knew then that Twitter would become an obsession with millions of people around the world. And who knew that in one swift stroke you can deactivate your account like Stephen Fry did.

What is the future of Twitter is a central question that is on most people’s mind, including the folks at Bloomberg Businessweek, who did an in-depth interview with Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey.

About 7 years ago I wrote an article on Twitter for Open, a popular magazine in India. I recollect how long it took me to persuade the editor to get this article published. I got asked – “Why Twitter?”or  “What is so special about Twitter?” You see 7 years ago Twitter was confined to the geeks and startup folks in India, and most had not heard about this San Francisco-based company. Fast forward to 2016 and Twitter is a big phenom in India to put it mildly and has an office in the country.

Here is the article that was published in Open called I Tweet, So I Am

IT’S OFFICIAL—RUNNING for Gov of CA.  Wanted you to be the first to know. Need your help. Check out video:http://tr.im/iOCN and ReTweet.” Yes, that is how San Francisco Governor Gavin Newsom, 41, announced that he is officially entering the California Governor’s race in 2010. Instead of holding a traditional press conference, the Democratic politician used a free social utility tool called Twitter—which limits your messages to 140 characters (20 characters less than an SMS)—to reach out simultaneously to thousands of his followers. Continue reading

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They Are Back – HBO’s Silicon Valley Season 3 Is Here

The motley crew from HBO’s Silicon Valley is back. The popular series premieres on April 24, 2016. Mike Judge and his crew have brilliantly captured the essence of Silicon Valley’s startup culture with its warts and all. HBO’s Silicon Valley gives you a sense of what it takes to do a startup in Silicon Valley.

The TV series takes you behind the scenes and reveals how entrepreneurs struggle to make a mark and the various hoops they jump to raise money.  So far we have witnessed the fictional startup Pied Piper’s efforts to differentiate itself and  raise money. We have also seen the shenanigans of one of its investors and his obsession with the Tres Comma Club.

It looks like Season 3 is going to be a riveting watch as we witness the folks at Pied Piper go to the next level of growth.  There is that all too familiar storyline of how founders get replaced by seasoned CEOs. It looks like Pied Piper’s founder is going to become “an employee of his own company.” And I guess we can expect to see and hear a lot of those Unicorns in Silicon Valleys and their burn rate.

In case you missed – here is my interview with Dr. Vinith Misra, who is a technical consultant for HBO’s Silicon Valley series. All those algorithms on the blackboard and the geek speak in the show is a contribution of Dr. Misra.

 

MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

March is Women’s History Month and here is a collection of my interviews with women from various walks of life from authors to filmmakers to entrepreneurs to engineers and venture capitalists. In each of these interviews the goal was to find out how about their journey and how they developed a passion for what they do.