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Owen Thomas
Writer, editor, gadfly, Ramona the Love Terrier's pet human.
Writer, editor, gadfly, Ramona the Love Terrier's pet human.

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GOOD THING THE BENGALI TYPHOON HAS PASSED: @sdadich on the #newwiredoffice's antipiracy policy

“Wired is no longer a pirate ship.” Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich, declaring a jihad on action figures, neon signs, and coffee stains in Wired’s new office, email via The Awl, 14 January 2015

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“Within any 24-hour cycle, there’s so much news and information and things that are happening, but in a strange way, that I kind of like, you become addicted to it.” Ryan Seacrest, on the adrenaline rush he gets from the fear of missing out, Bloomberg, 8…

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SOFTWARE AS A DISSERVICE: @stewart explains how he keeps the @slackhq troops motivated.

“I feel that what we have right now is just a giant piece of shit. Like, it’s just terrible and we should be humiliated that we offer this to the public. Not everyone finds that motivational, though.” Slack CEO and demotivational speaker Stewart…

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A DOLLAR SPENT IS A DOLLAR EARNED: @levie defends @boxhq's red ink.

“Every dollar that we acquired of revenue is a dollar that is recurring annually.” Box CEO Aaron Levie, explaining why his company only looks good on an earnings-before-expenses basis, Bloomberg, 20 November 2014

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THERE HE GOES AGAIN WITH THE CROSSFIT TALK: @dickc on beefing up Twitter's engagement numbers.

“When I talk about strengthening the core, it includes things like organizing content for new users.” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, showing off his excellent functional mobility in tweaking the timeline, Bloomberg, 28 October 2014

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SPEAK UP, I CAN'T HEAR YOU: LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner on acceding to China's censors.

“Censorship is something that we would —— — —–, obviously.” LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, on acceding to Chinese demands to cut off members’ self-expression, Bloomberg, 10 October 2014

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YOUR KARMA RAN OVER MY PAYCHECK: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offers bad advice to women seeking raises.

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise.” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, explaining how wishing and hoping will take care of the gender gap in pay, ReadWrite, 9 October 2014

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GOOGLE+ OR MINUS A FEW HUNDRED MILLION USERS: Google's David Bresbis plays the numbers.

“The Google+ app you see out there today is used by hundreds of millions of users…. I don’t want to talk about numbers.” Google+ chief David Bresbis, showing a very un-Googley aversion to quantifying his social network’s results, Recode, 7 October 2014

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If you're in the Bay Area, please join me and +Dennis Crowley for a discussion on the future of location, wearables, and the app economy at ReadWriteMix. You must buy a ticket to reserve your seat—all proceeds go to benefit Girls Who Code. #readwritemix  
Join ReadWrite for a discussion with Foursquare's Dennis Crowley. 

The summer of 2014 is shaping up to be one of those critical times in technology when new platforms emerge and fast-moving companies seize the resulting opportunities. In the age of wearable and connected devices, who will take charge?

One of the surprise contenders is Foursquare, which has become a vital component of other apps like on-demand transportation service Uber and Pinterest, the visual search engine. Suddenly Foursquare is in the midst of a comeback and has become the favorite way for mobile-app developers to add location as a feature - which is an essential piece for our wearable tech future.

Join ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas for an evening discussion with Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley as they talk about why location databases could become a key way that wearable devices link us with nearby businesses and people, future platforms - and why 2014 is the year that location-based services will really pay off.

Event proceeds will benefit Girls Who Code, whose programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

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Got questions for me? If you can’t make my talk at +SXSW this year, then jump on +reddit and ask away!
+ReadWrite editor-in-chief +Owen Thomas is doing a +reddit IAMA interview live from SXSW, where he's speaking about #siliconvalleyproblems . Join us on Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m on
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