It’s about Time.

This morning, at 10 am EST, Pebble’s homepage countdown finally finished, and pointed users to a Kickstarter campaign for their latest smartwatch, Pebble Time. Unsurprisingly, they blew through their modest target of $500,000 within 13 minutes. By 24 minutes in, they’d hit $1 million. At the time of this writing, they are at $4,526,809 and not showing any sign of slowing down. But there are a lot of questions – many about the watch itself, but also some important ones about the strategy for Pebble as a business in an increasingly competitive space.

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Tragedy of the (Boston) Commons

This winter, the city of Boston has gotten a LOT of snow [1] [2] [3]. It’s gotten to the point where it’s hard to watch the local news without seeing another story of a roof collapsing or worse, a meteorologist reporting of more to come. However, the people of Boston have remained strong, and plowed, dug, back-hoed, and removed snow from every major street and sidewalk. Well, almost every sidewalk.

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Windows 10 Free for First Year

In a move that many have repeatedly hoped for, but have been continuously let down about (until now), Microsoft has declared that upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 (and any equivalent Windows Phone OS versions) will be FREE for one year after release.

I imagine that it will continue to be free after the first year, or at least a remarkably reduced price, but the move should prompt users to upgrade as quickly as possible. That means good news for Microsoft, which will definitely be aggressively promoting the adoption rate for it’s new operating system.

Why you WANT the riddles (Interviewing and Being Interviewed)

Recently, a colleague brought the following comic to my attention (from KeluKeluGames):


And it seems to be hilariously accurate. Now, I’m not a software developer, but as a product manager, I’m the one who has to tell an engineer the text is off center (the designer is the stickler about the 3 pixels). So it got me thinking, what is the purpose of this process of riddles and trick questions and technical trivia?

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Steve and Patrick, of Strap

Last week, the Idiot Economist attended a developer conference in California for the Pebble Smartwatch. Among the many incredibly talented and interesting people I met out there were a couple of guys promoting their new analytics platform: Strap. According to their website (, “Strap is a software and analytics platform that unleashes the potential of wearables for developers, enterprises, and brands.” Essentially, they are trying to create a universal approach to getting valuable data from the next wave of technology. Below is a brief interview with Steve Caldwell and Patrick Henshaw, two of the three co-founders of Strap.

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