As a reminder, Aaron is still out of the country for one more week, working with students and fellow faculty on various projects in Ghana, Africa. He’ll be back for next week’s episode.
In the meantime, this week’s episode is an interview with Christopher Mims, tech columnist at the Wall Street Journal, which he joined in April 2014. Christopher writes about a whole range of tech-related topics for the Journal, and we discussed three recent columns of his in particular. The first of those columns was published this week, and talks about what governments can learn from the tech industry, and cites the example of Estonia, which has successfully embraced this new way of working. The second column we discussed was last week’s, which was widely shared and generated quite a bit of discussion, and argued that there’s a bubble in the tech industry. Lastly, we discussed a column from the end of March, in which Christopher argued that the iPad Pro wasn’t quite ready to replace PCs for most people yet. Up front, we also talked a little about how Christopher got to where he is today, and in-between talking about the specific columns we also talked a little bit about what his job is like. Our thanks to Christopher for being a guest this week – it made for a very interesting conversation.
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Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode:
- Christopher’s profile on the Wall Street Journal website
- Christopher’s Twitter handle is @mims
- The three columns we discussed:
- The Recode Decode podcast’s interview with Keith Rabois, one of the two VCs quoted in Christopher’s article about the tech bubble
- Insanely Great, by Steven Levy (Amazon affiliate link) – one of the books that inspired Christopher’s interest in the tech world.
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