Inside Silicon Valley

I would encourage every parent and grandparent to listen to the podcast where Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton interviews Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare. The company is a local search and discovery service.

Many of your children and grandchildren use it to let their friends and family know where they are. Once they “check in,” Foursquare is working on providing users with more in-depth information they need to know to maximize their experience.

The reason why this podcast is so unique is because most of us do not know how it feels to start a digital company, the challenges along the way,  and when to exit. This is a true Silicon Valley insider’s story. The podcast reflects how important the journey is and how entrepreneurs find their energy in doing what they love best.

Click here to hear the podcast

Vanity Fair Features Uber In November Issue

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Everyone is Uber crazy. My friends and family do not stop talking about how much easier their lives are now because of Uber. They use Uber for all their transportation needs. Some are even talking about giving up their cars.

My friend Steven Adler, 67, told me he sold his two cars because getting around Los Angeles was just too much for him. He uses Uber for everything, even grocery shopping.

Now that we are spending more time in Miami, I just signed up for Uber tonight. I hate driving and I don’t want to have to depend on Eliot to chauffeur me everywhere. I’m excited. My new found freedom.

Who ever thought a phenomenon like Uber would be such a success. According to Wikipedia, as of September 16, 2014, the service was available in 45 countries and more than 100 cities worldwide, and was valued at more than $15 billion. It was started by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009.

I have a real treat for you. Vanity Fair, in the November issue, did a profile on Kalanick. Famous Re/Code writer Kara Swisher wrote the piece. I managed to capture the article digitally so I am including it right here.

See you in the back seat.

Vanity Fair on Audio

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My doctor friend Howard Stark said that I have a condition that is known as hypomania. It means that I see everything large. If we both like the same restaurant or movie, I personally view and experience it in a much more exaggerated state. I get emotionally enthusiastic and will relay my feelings to everyone who will listen. He shared this information with me a few years ago. I just want to ask everyone if they are feeling the same thing I do when something good happens.

Today is one of those days I am euphoric because I learned that for the first time I can hear one of my favorite magazines on audio. That means that when my eyes are tired from all the work I do during the day, I can just sit back and listen to editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and all the contributors to Vanity Fair read their editorials and stories into my ready-to-be-entertained ear drums. I am flipping out. I can’t believe that this is happening. I have dreamt about this for so long. I feel like the folks at Vanity Fair heard my plea for this over the years.

I am not going to give up my printed subscriptions, but I do want the option of just listening when I am pooped. By the way, I like to be one of the first to read Vanity Fair among my friends. I just love when someone mentions a story to me and I quickly answer, “read it.” Reading Vanity Fair first is like being a member of the “in” crowd without the social BS effort.

You can buy the audio version of Vanity Fair on Amazon, Audible, or anywhere audio books are sold. Then it is just one click away to download the magazine. I just did it. The first audio issue is free, but if you don’t like the experience, be sure to cancel, otherwise you will be billed handsomely every month. It is starting out at $14.95 each edition, but I believe that price will go down as the audio subscriptions go up.

Tonight I plan to plop down on the couch, cross my legs, put on my headphones, and listen away. Because I am hypomanic, I will be knitting away on my second project of the season. My eyes are not too tired for that.

Christiane Amanpour Speaks Out

TV War Zone Queen, Christiane Amanpour, commented on blogging in the August Issue of Vanity Fair.

Asked if foreign correspondents are war junkies, she replied “That’s the biggest pile of crap. If you want us to be the eyes and ears in our field, not people spinning in blogosphere or sitting in armchairs opining about what’s going on in the rest of the world–you need people who are willing to go to the battlefront.”

I love that quote !

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