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Jordan Elpern-Waxman
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The Rise of the New Edtech
Edtech used to be this sleepy, backwards corner of the
technology industry where idealistic entrepreneurs with fantastic ideas and
even fantastic products would try to make enterprise sales to impossible educational
bureaucracies – I saw this firsthand when...
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The Power of Physical Words
I went to a potluck dinner last night at Holstee , a business that describes itself as "a Brooklyn-based design studio offering sustainably made posters, cards, and frames that inspire people to live mindfully." They are known for the Holstee Manifesto , a ...
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IoT Is Just Not Mobile on the Wall
I’ve started listening to a16z podcasts during meals while I’m
working. It’s incredibly interesting, obviously with an agenda but I highly
recommend listening to it nonetheless. About a month ago I listened to this fascinating conversation between Benedict ...
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Why Payments Technology Is So Hard to Innovate
I think a lot about payments, even though I haven't worked in the sector for over five years. I just think it's mind-blowingly cool that this abstract concept we call money manages to work, everywhere around the world, in mutually recognizable forms, not wi...
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I Read the NY Times Offline. It Sucked. Here Are Eight Reasons Why
A while ago, a migraine forced me to read the NY Times in its print edition, something I haven't done in years. It was such an awful user experience. Here are the reasons why: It was big and bulky, which made it especially hard to read on the train. I had t...
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The Reindustrialization of America
Society is undergoing a process of reindustrialization. Unlike the
previous century of industrialization, which produced most of the basic tools
and features of our daily lives, the current reindustrialization is less about
inventing new categories and more...
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Brokerage vs Fulfillment
A few weeks ago a marketing consultant named Tom Goodwin wrote the following opening line in a post called The Battle Is For The Customer Interface : [In 2015] Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular medi...
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My thoughts about the future of the Internet of Things, what its natural paradigm will and won't be.
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The title should by IoT is Not Just Mobile on the Wall.
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Your Email Newsletter Is Not Spam, It's Just Information Overload
If you're like me you might have noticed that it's become really common for people to say something like "We hate spam too" when asking you to sign up for their mailing list. The problem isn't spam though. It's just information overload, plain and simple. I...
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Lyft vs Uber in a Broader Cultural Context
A little over a week ago I wrote about how the United States was reindustrializing,  and how a personal connection to the production of goods, or a personality in the case of services, was a key component of the new offerings. Today Mashable wrote an articl...
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Not to Defend the North Koreans, But ...
Did it occur to anyone that making a movie about assassinating the leader of another country, in peacetime no less, might be in really bad taste? Not even a historical leader, like Hitler, but an actual, living, sitting leader. Can you imagine if Iran made ...
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Web 3.0 Is Already Here
I had this realization as I was reading my friend Matt Turck's article in TechCrunch, "The Internet of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity". Matt referred to the Web 1.0 giants as being Google and Amazon, and Web 2.0 being Facebook and Twitter. The speculati...
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Education
  • Brown University
    Computer Science and International Relations
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    MBA
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I have the rare ability to make engineers and business people understand each other. After starting my career as a software engineer, I have held various roles in the tech and data analytics space, including business development, management consulting, corporate development/M&A, and venture capital. I have a Computer Science degree from Brown and an MBA from Wharton, and co-founded groups for the tech and digital media alumni of each (Digital Brown and Penn Digital, respectively). I am looking for exciting startups to get involved with, particularly ones that are solving problems for businesses, larger enterprises, or that are data-driven.

I also love languages, urban planning, finance, maps, small batch food products, and riding my bike through NYC traffic.
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