A digital world order

Internet savvy startups are attacking industries and killing old businesses across the globe. In these pages I’ve written about more than 150 such companies over the last four years. Due to work obligations, I’ve stopped writing. But here is a five year plan that can be used to prioritize career and business strategy. Year One: Self identify as a technology company.… Read more →


How does GoodRx make money?

TLDR; (if you don’t want to read it all) GoodRx is a marketing company that has partnered with a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) or several PBM’s to generate traffic (sales). The PBM’s negotiate discounts with pharmacies and earn a transaction fee in exchange for sending the pharmacy customers. The marketer earns a transaction fee for helping the PBM. Currently GoodRx does… Read more →

Datalogix bridges social and retail

One of the biggest challenges for consumer packaged good advertisers who market online is measuring whether or not their online advertising spend results in real purchases. These are companies with the largest advertising budgets in the world, companies like Procter and Gamble, Shiseido, L’Oreal, Pfizer and Nestle. Not being able to measure online advertising performance for these companies has been… Read more →

Startups built on startups – Superhost

You know the business landscape is changing when startups are creating an ecosystem of startups based upon them. We saw it with Facebook. I still think if Facebook didn’t make moves early on that frightened serious developers there would have been a lot more services companies built upon Facebook. Airbnb is the latest startup that has companies building service businesses… Read more →

SIP–VoIP Anomaly Detection using a stateful rule tree

This is a paper I worked on with members of Korea University security research center. It’s probably one of the last serious security research projects I will work on unfortunately. The paper was recently published in Computer Communications, which you have to pay to access. If you feel like reading technical security documentation, there is a older version available on Korea… Read more →

This article is guaranteed to go viral. Buzzfeed.

This is the unedited english version of the latest Sankei column, posted by request. Original is here: If you want to know about new digital media, you don’t go to silicon valley, you go to silicon alley. New York City is where all recently major digital media businesses have been born. My home town. Its also the home to BuzzFeed,… Read more →