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Wade Roush
Works at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Attended Harvard College
Lives in Cambridge, MA
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Can one of New Zealand's hottest tech startups get a foothold in the U.S.? So far, Xero's share of the small-business accounting market is pretty tiny, but it's trying to outmaneuver incumbent Intuit by appealing directly to accountants and bookkeepers.
If you run a small- or medium-sized business and it’s big enough to have bookkeeper, chances are he or she is using QuickBooks, the desktop accounting prog
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More and more of the data you really care about doesn’t live on your computer, but on your mobile devices, where backup services like Mozy, Carbonite, Backblaze, and Time Machine can’t reach. That's what Pogoplug is designed to help with.
I’m a little obsessive when it comes to backups. In my Windows days, in the early 2000s, I used to make complete CD-ROM copies of my PC’s hard drive every
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What would life be like without e-mail? In a deep-dive feature today, I look at three companies offering alternative approaches to workplace communications, and a fourth that's trying to fix e-mail itself.
I. Too Much of a Good Thing I’ll begin by admitting my biases. I don’t like electronic mail. In the pre-Internet days of the 1970s, when e-mail as we know
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There's a reason they call it "hardware." Today's Xperience column is about Sparse -- maker of the coolest bicycle lights you've ever seen -- and the arduous journey from its successful 2012 crowdfunding campaign to commercial distribution.
Hardware is Silicon Valley’s new religion. At maker spaces like TechShop, hardware startup accelerators like HAXLR8R and Lemnos Labs, and conferences like
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Corey Ford on innovation in media: "If anybody here builds something that a media institution that we love is afraid of, or that threatens to destroy their business, we will be the wind at the entrepreneur’s back. We have to. If we don’t, then it’s not a truly innovative place." It's all in my Q&A today on Mattter, the media startup accelerator Ford leads in San Francisco.
Don’t let it be said that the media industry is anti-innovation. Journalism schools sponsor hard-hitting studies saying news organizations must reinvent th
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It turns out customers aren't as enamored with smart, adaptable robots as Rethink Robotics thought they might be. Or at least, it's going to take some time for people to wrap their heads around the concept. I spoke with Rethink founder Rod Brooks at O'Reilly Media's Solid conference yesterday.
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Every once in a while, I see an amazing gadget or a well-designed home product or a neat piece of architecture, and I'm struck by the feeling, "Wow, we're really living in the future!" Then I pull up my e-mail or I get on a conference call and I realize that in many ways, we're still living in the 20th century. Here's a list of five pain points crying out for solutions from tech entrepreneurs.
Why is it that we can put a man on the Moon, but we can’t figure out how to screen jet passengers without making everyone take their shoes off? Well, the t
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We're going to need a new word, for people who don't eat real meat and don't wear real leather, but aren't militant vegans or vegetarians. Technocarnivores? Check out my Q&A with Andras Forgacs, founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, which has just raised $10M to develop methods for manufacturing cultured leather and meat.
Just because you like to eat meat or wear leather doesn’t mean you’re all that happy about the way these products are made. Few guests at Outback Steakhous
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Having an efficient system for managing your reading is just as important as having a to-do list tool you trust and a reliable procedure for taming your e-mail inbox. My secret weapon is Pocket, which recently got some new premium features.
If you’re a student, a researcher, a knowledge worker, or an entrepreneur, you probably swim in ideas all day long. Like it or not, replenishing those idea
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It's my Napa Summit interview with Danae Ringelmann, about the new wave of established companies using crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo to test the market for new products. 
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I'm a bit of a cord-cutting proselytizer, which means I'm often asked about the nuts and bolts of the cable-free life. "If I don't want to pay the local cable provider for Internet service," people ask, "then where can I get it, and how much will it cost?" My Xperience column today offers a bundle of answers (so to speak).
Last fall I wrote a column called Please, Keep Paying $80 a Month for Cable So I Can Enjoy Cheap TV. The article was addressed to folks who complain about
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Nate Silver be damned: I enjoy being a pundit every Friday. This week I explain my theory of punctuated equilibrium in the evolution of information technology. The last big "speciation" events in tech were in 1993 and 2007, and the cycles seem to last about 14 or 15 years. So we're not due for another Mosaic- or iPhone-scale innovation until the early 2020s.
What’s even harder to endure than the collapse of an economic or technology bubble? The long lull that follows. The current bubble hasn’t popped quite yet-
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Acting Director, Knight Science Journalism at MIT
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Acting Director, Knight Science Journalism at MIT, present
  • Xconomy
    Chief Correspondent and San Francisco Editor, 2014
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Nuvomedia/Gemstar
  • Sterling Software/NASA Ames Research Center
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Cambridge, MA
Previously
San Francisco, CA - Charlotte, MI - Cambridge, MA - Somerville, MA - Concord, CA - Mountain View, CA - San Francisco, CA - Boston, MA - Lansing, MI - Las Vegas, NV - Charlotte, MI
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Boosting public engagement in science and technology through better storytelling.
Introduction

Wade Roush is acting director of Knight Science Journalism at MIT, a mid-career fellowship program for top science and technology writers from around the world.

Wade was formerly Chief Correspondent for Xconomy and Editor of Xconomy San Francisco. He is a veteran science and technology writer whose recent work has focused on startups and innovation, consumer Internet technology, social computing, geocomputing, virtual worlds, and the visual Web. He is the author of Pixel Nation, a collection of his early online technology columns for Xconomy.

As a staff member at MIT’s Technology Review from 2001 to 2006, Roush served as senior editor, San Francisco bureau chief, and executive editor of TechnologyReview.com, and helped lead the magazine to a nomination as National Magazine Award finalist in 2006. Before joining TR, he was the Boston bureau reporter for Science, managing editor of supercomputing publications at NASA Ames Research Center, and Web editor at e-book pioneer Nuvomedia.

Roush graduated Magna cum Laude in the history of science from Harvard College in 1989 and earned a PhD in the history and social study of science and technology from MIT in 1994. His work has appeared in Science, Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Technology and Culture, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and World Business, and he has been a guest of CNN, CNBC, NECN, WGBH, NPR, and PBS NewsHour.
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Overcame degrees from Harvard and MIT to become a journalist anyway.
Education
  • Harvard College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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