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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

Your career is now a game of musical chairs: you need to be ready when the song stops
Mark Pesce, 14 Nov 08:03

A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Just imagine if virgins came flat-packed too
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Nov 10:00

Fire alarm sparked data centre meltdown emergency

This Damn War All fun and games till the shutters come down
Dave Cartwright, 10 Nov 13:29

Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

Something for the Weekend, Sir? How not to behave at tech press launches
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Nov 09:00

Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Merci Dieu que je suis anglais, eh, vieux fruit?
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Oct 09:00

Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

Making devices secure by design requires more effort than vendors currently allow
Mark Pesce, 27 Oct 06:02

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Steve Bong

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Steve Bong is the founder of Bong Ventures, an early stage investor and incubator focusing on innovative new technology start-ups, based in Shoreditch, London.
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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

¡Bong! I have always considered myself an internationalist. Expensive Swiss private school. Los Angeles rehab clinic. East London loft workspace and incubator. My assistant มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai) is from somewhere in Indo-China. My refreshments are Colombian. I am a borderless child of John Perry Barlow, of …
Steve Bong, 10 Jun 2016
Tesla was a bright spark

The Bong Diaries, Pt.94: Bowie, Martha... and where's my knighthood?

¡Bong! “Here in my Car. I can only receive I can listen to you It keeps me stable for days In Cars" - David Bowie and Brian Eno: “My Life in a Bush of Ghosts” Jan 1st Grand Cayman I scan the New Year’s Honours with some dismay. Previous years have been studded with digital recognition. Past recipients have included an MBE …
Steve Bong, 15 Jan 2016

Steve Jobs, The (real) Movie

¡Bong! I have been dismayed but not surprised to hear complaints that the movie by my friend Danny Boyle misrepresents the life of Steve Jobs, and contains numerous factual inaccuracies. Following our highly successful partnership on the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Danny and I worked closely developing the movie. Indeed, at one …
Steve Bong, 23 Oct 2015
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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

¡Bong! Recent press reports have appeared suggesting that Bong Ventures LLC suffered a serious sustained cyber-attack resulting in the release of petabytes of confidential data onto the internet. We can confirm reports are true. In order to maintain the confidence of investors and partners, BongVentures LLC has decided to disclose more …
Steve Bong, 12 Dec 2014

Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History

Web @ 25 + Bong [I am grateful to my assistant มาลัย (which means 'Garland of Flowers' in Thai) for scraping the BBC website to bring us these facts, which I have then curated. If you can remember any of this, you can't have been there – sb] 1. 1989: Nuclear beginnings At CERN in Switzerland, humble English white-coated lab assistant Tim …
Steve Bong, 12 Mar 2014
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How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

¡Bong! One by one the faces in the Google Hangout flickered into life. “It’s amaaaaazing. So amaaaaazing! It’s like I am teleporting!!” “Welcome, Professor Cox.” Another postage stamp frame popped up, and was immediately filled with many chins. “Terribly awfully sorry, old boy, I am, you might say, rather more au fait with …
Steve Bong, 07 Mar 2014