I am the CEO of redesignmobile.
I frequently write for VentureBeat. I also talk about technology on Bloomberg TV and CNBC. I have also written for TechCrunch and GigaOm.
I have special expertise in small business, social networking and mobile payments.
I am probably best known for my critique of Groupon and the daily deals space.
- My usual reliable package receiving service screwed up my apple watch orders. Frustrating. 4 hours ago
- RT @redesignmobile: Excited to welcome @NRellas and @wartzack as the latest investors in @redesignmobile. Great to have such smart people o… 4 hours ago
- It would be awesome if @periscopeco or @AppMeerkat did chroma key. I'd switch just for that. 5 hours ago
- Resisting picking up my Apple Watch to work on data modeling. #startuplife 6 hours ago
- So far, all the @redesignmobile investors have invested before learning what the product is. Launch is Wednesday. #startuplife 8 hours ago
- Why Amazon paid for 2,000 employees to take classes in things like airplane mechanics and nursing April 26, 2015
- The future of augmented reality could be a contact lens (podcast) April 25, 2015
- Tesla Motors website and Twitter account were hacked April 25, 2015
- Glass a failure? Luxottica and Google may turn ‘Glassholes’ into fashion plates April 25, 2015
- Canada’s opt-in rules could change marketing as we know it April 25, 2015
- A change in Facebook’s top paid execs speaks volumes about the company’s priorities April 25, 2015
- Apple Watch teardown reveals deactivated blood oxygen sensors April 25, 2015
- The live-stream video tweet battle: Meerkat’s still fighting, but Periscope is winning April 25, 2015
- Skype for iPhone gets Apple Watch support, but no voice or video calling just yet April 25, 2015
- Plug-In hybrid HUMMERs headed for the South Pole on biodiesel April 25, 2015
- Why does Tina Fey not use the magnetic strip in her American Express commercials?
- How did Square lose the Apple Pay and Twitter partnerships while Stripe won?
- Is it possible for Square to lower the rate to 1.75% and compete with Amazon?
- Why is Square a popular choice for food trucks in San Francisco?
- Is it true, as Fast Company wrote recently, that Square is "no longer the high-flying startup it once was" (August 2014)?
- Thoughts on service startups
- My genius product/service list
- My genius list
- A few New Year’s changes to the @rakeshlobster twitter feed
- Bought a smart watch in the past 90 days on an AmEx or Discover? Don’t want it? Get your money back
- PR tip: Don’t use a celebrity’s death to pitch your company
- You have a friend who is depressed? Here’s what to do
- The smartest question I was asked by an entrepreneur and team member
- Why I retweet racist assholes
- Social media and the new world of work — my take
- A sample Groupon merchant agreement
- A look at Groupon's extremely lopsided merchant agreement
- How daily deal companies could improve the merchant experience -- and why they won't
- Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals - merchant FAQ
- Best practices for businesses considering Groupon, LivingSocial or Google Offers
- LivingSocial merchant agreement
- Yelp advertiser agreement
- Groupon's cost of revenue is soaring
- Answers from the Insurance Information Institute on Airbnb
- Revised Groupon merchant agreement
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As someone who lives in SF, I spend a lot of time trying various startups. Here’s a quick summary. Highly recommended Uber Shyp Others I’ve looked at Swapbox Caviar Homejoy Pending wash.io
Following up on my genius people list, here’s a quick list of products I love. Evernote – The popular note taking tool serves as not only my repository of personal notes, but an intranet of sorts for redesign mobile. Evernote … Continue reading
One of my favorite things about what I do is the opportunity to meet some brilliant people. It seems that every week I meet someone who I’d consider a genius. If you ever have the opportunity for a meeting with … Continue reading
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This must be a bad week for PR. In the payments industry, Square put out a stupid blog post listing all the reasons why someone might want to worry about the company. That was topped by the pitch below. It should … Continue reading
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I’ve been quite active behind the scenes with some angel investments and building up the team for redesignmobile. A big part of that has been having deep conversations where I ask questions about what they want to do and they … Continue reading