I like Om
Legendary Om Malik, the founder of Gigaom had many ups and downs in his career.
But he is a star player in Silicon Valley, no matter what. Like Messi or Ronaldo in soccer, but he plays a superb game whether winning or losing.
"Back in the day, when Silicon Valley was about silicon and
technology, our industry elders used to wisely caution that Silicon Valley
doesn’t invest in tobacco, alcohol, porn, and guns. Not anymore it seems."
"Statutory warnings on these products should be a start. But I am all
in favor of authorities coming down hard on them."
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a
Silicon Valley Startup
This is a book written by John Carreyrou, a Wall Street Journal investigative reporter
It is saga of Elizabeth Anne Holmes who started at 19 a blood monitoring
company with best intentions in the world, to make the patients safer. She
cited the fact that an estimated one hundred thousand Americans died
each year from adverse drug reactions. Theranos the company Elizabeth
founded - would eliminate all those deaths, she said. It would quite literally
The good intention was a lie
"She worshipped Jobs and Apple. She liked to call Theranos’s
blood-testing system “the iPod of health care” and predicted that, like Apple’s
ubiquitous products, it would someday be in every household in the
This is the Silicon Valley I dreamt of.
"On her father’s side, she was
descended from Charles Louis Fleischmann, a Hungarian immigrant who founded a
thriving business known as the Fleischmann Yeast Company. Its remarkable
success turned the Fleischmanns into one of the wealthiest families in America
at the turn of the twentieth century."
Charles Louis Fleischmann was not only Hungarian, he was of Jewish descent,
although it seems he was not a practicing Jew.
Smoking cigarettes while reading
This story is from a book called "The complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish
Spirituality and Mysticism" by Michael Levin
A yeshiva student comes home on Sabbath afternoon and finds his father
reading the Talmud and smoking a cigarette. He is shocked: smoking is forbidden
on the Sabbath. The father noticed his son is stunned by his behavior. He said:
"When you know as much Talmud as I do, you too can smoke a cigarette
People may become self-righteous for
keeping their obligations like studying the Torah and feel the rules don't
apply to them. They lost the fear of God and their humility. There is no
spirituality and no kindness
Arrogance is a kingdom without a
These are words to describe Silicon Valley evolution
These are actual
quotes from the book
problem of all was the dysfunctional corporate culture in which the mini Lab
was being developed. Elizabeth and Sunny regarded anyone who raised a concern
or an objection as a cynic and a naysayer.”
“For the dozens
of Indians Theranos employed, the fear of being fired was more than just the
dread of losing a paycheck. Most were on H-1B visas and dependent on their
continued employment at the company to remain in the country. With a despotic
boss like Sunny holding their fates in his hands, it was akin to indentured
servitude. Sunny, in fact, had the master-servant mentality common among an
older generation of Indian businessmen. Employees were his minions. He expected
them to be at his disposal at all hours of the day or night and on weekends. He
checked the security logs every morning to see when they badged in and out.
Every evening, around seven thirty, he made a fly-by of the engineering
department to make sure people were still at their desks working.”
Theranos as a tech company in the heart of the Valley, Holmes channeled this fake-it-until-you-make-it culture, and
she went to extreme lengths to hide the fakery. Many companies in Silicon
Valley make their employees sign nondisclosure agreements, but at Theranos the
obsession with secrecy reached a whole different level. Employees were
prohibited from putting “Theranos” on their LinkedIn profiles. Instead, they
were told to write that they worked for a “private biotechnology company.” Some
former employees received cease-and-desist letters from Theranos lawyers for
posting descriptions of their jobs at the company that were deemed too
With a board of
directors including Henry Kissinger, 94 years old, with top venture capitalists
on board, with her original Stanford chemistry professor Channing Robertson,
receiving a 500,000 dollars check for just being a cover up consultant, General Jim Mattis
who became Trump Defense Secretary, few is any contested Elisabeth legitimacy
Elizabeth was a
drop-out of Stanford with some hypnotic presence. How come she fascinated most
famous people on the Valley, but fall under the influence of her boyfriend Ramesh
“Sunny” Balwani? He was twenty years older and a married man when they first
"Sunny was a force of nature, and not in a good way. Though only about five foot five and portly, he made up for his diminutive stature with an aggressive, in-your-face management style. His thick eyebrows and almond-shaped eyes, set above a mouth that drooped at the edges and a square chin, projected an air of menace. He was haughty and demeaning toward employees, barking orders and dressing people down."
Just read the
book for the details and no one ask a question. Murdoch invests by gut feeling, he never does due diligence
Sunny Balwani and Elizabeth Anne Holmes
How could that happen?
I asked myself this question whether this was
autogenerated by Silicon Valley itself, by the culture of Unicorn or by the deterioration of Stanford University clout accepting success at any price?
Epilogue - for now
If you read the LinkedIn as I do, 99% of the
people are not entrepreneurs. They just pretend being entrepreneurial when all
they want is a job.
So let’s assume although Elizabeth is proven
guilty, she gets funded again. Would you refuse to work for her? No! You wouldn’t, despite what happened to
Theranos. You will take the job again with both hands and pray this time is
And Bad Blood will become a cult book, just like
Paul Coelho “The Alchemist” and Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson and the
words Fake-until-you-make-it will enter the Bible.
See recent article
Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes and 'Sunny' Balwani are indicted and accused of fraud schemes
June 15, 2018 from Los Angeles Times
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who passed away in 1810 has written a hassidic story called The Rooster Prince.
In this story, a prince goes insane and believes that he is a rooster (or turkey.) He takes off his clothes, sits naked under the table, and pecks at his food on the floor. The king and queen are horrified that the heir to the throne is acting this way. They call in various sages and healers to try and convince the prince to act human again, but to no avail. Then a new wise man comes to the palace and claims he can cure the prince. He takes off his clothes and sits naked under the table with him, claiming to be a rooster, too. Gradually the prince comes to accept him as a friend. The sage then tells the prince that a rooster can wear clothes, eat at the table, etc. The Rooster Prince accepts this idea and, step-by-step, begins to act normally, until he is completely cured.
There are many interpretations to this story
My suggestion is to name the kings heir, Kim ( Kim Jong Un). We call the wise man who takes off his clothes Donald (Donald Trump, the 45th US President)
Donald, left and Kim, right
In a 2015 article on Medium, Cloud was defined still using the NIST (The National Institute of Standards and Technology) cloud definition expanded over the years to two pages. This is most accurate, long, academic, monotonous, boring definition of cloud computing.
This academic definition has been challenged by Jason Hoffman, the Ericsson's cloud guru at that time. Over the past decade Web-based services like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have stopped buying finished computers, storage devices and network components and instead developed their own systems in-house to create massive, low-cost data centers in the cloud to serve billions of users.
He called them cloud factories, because CIO’s are thinking today (2015) how to begin to modernize the end-to-end IT infrastructure, so it can be a cloud factory.
Also there are some 2015 slides with the main points I extracted.
The Internet of Things (IoT) for business
This is a white paper from Aeris compiled by Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO
The explosion of IoT, envisaged to reach 20 billion by 2020, requires a new look at the cloud
“The cloud” has been coined to describe the systems that allow processing and storage of information and data in extremely large data centers for a fee.
This has transferred the need for entities and corporations to maintain their own physical hardware, data centers, and data networks, etc., to the cloud providers. This eliminates traditional operational burdens of physical site maintenance, electrical power management, environmental conditioning, and system redundancy. "
The fee charges can be high for large-scale applications and large numbers of device deployments.
Fog Computing Diagram (see reference)
In general, the process in a cloud is a general is a “transmit everything and process in the cloud” implementation.
However, if actions based on the data must be processed in real-time or near-real-time, it may be better to process or filter the data remotely—at the device, or elsewhere hierarchically in the data flow before it gets to the remote storage. This remote processing and filtering has been termed “fog computing” by Cisco.
The diagram is self-explanatory
Cisco White Paper Fog Computing and the Internet of Things: Extend the Cloud to Where the Things Area originated the modern term of Fog Computing.
Edge Computing and Fog Computing
Cisco baptized the name Fog. but really in my opinion, this is the same as Edge Computing
In a recent interview Jason Hoffman, now CEO MobiledgeX answered the question "Where and what the edge computing is for you?
"For some reason, there is almost an over obsession of where and what their edge computing is right." In terms of Fog definition, wherever there is a need to (1) pre-process the data remotely, or (2) some data are processing and used in real time we have an edge.
Fog computing then manages the cloud and its' multiple edges, no matter where they are located.
Pros and cons for Fog Computing
This is from IBM
Telecom operated as Cloud and Edge Computing
This is for example the 13 countries operated by Deutsche Telekom today
The goal is to replace the legacy technologies in individual European countries with more centralized cloud systems catering to the entire region. In this way, Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) hopes to collapse about 650 different service platforms into just 50. Instead of developing a new service 13 different times for 13 different countries, it would in future build and manage one service for all its operations.
They do not exist yet
The Edge and the Cloud universal platforms do not exist yet, but must be in produccion Most IoT advertising cloud functionality offer a lock-in that works for their products only.
Jason Hoffman has the idea of an IoT universal platform. He reminds us how Amazon Web Services started with a developer payment API, then to an API called messaging cue system and then a three API called optic store and then you know a compute service that was really just batch compute on the object store. The documentation for the whole thing was a couple of pages.