View from the Edge: Post-Covid, this is here to stay

View from the Edge is a monthly column by Lee Han Shih, Founder of the Potato Group, featured in the CompassList newsletter. The Sailor’s Log offers analysis, insights and coverage of noteworthy trends from up-and-coming startup ecosystems. It goes out the first and third Wednesday of every month. Get the CompassList newsletter here. Overshadowed by Covid-19, a powerful […]

View from the Edge: Disruptive Technology

View from the Edge is a monthly column by Lee Han Shih, Founder of the Potato Group, featured in the CompassList newsletter. The Sailor’s Log offers analysis, insights and coverage of noteworthy trends from up-and-coming startup ecosystems. It goes out the first and third Wednesday of every month. Get the CompassList newsletter here. Fourteen years after it acquired […]

View from the Edge: Ender’s Game

Thirty-five years after its publication, Ender’s Game might soon become real life. Ender’s Game, a short story that became a novel that became a movie that became recommended reading for high-level US Armed Forces officers, is set in a future where kids fought a galactic war for the future of humanity while playing video games […]

View from the Edge: History and Technology

Many have the impression that history only looks at the past while tech only at the future, and the two are hardly related. Well, they can’t be more wrong. Both history and tech deal with changes. And both deal with human beings. Given that human nature has remained constant since recorded history, the patterns of […]

View from the Edge: Digital Advertising

There may be huge gaps between China and the US, but in digital advertising they are strangely similar. Both markets are dominated by the same combination of tech giants: in the US by GFA – Google, Facebook and Amazon; in China, it is (or was) ruled by BAT – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent. In other […]

View from the Edge: Force Majeure during Covid-19

If you were asked to name the most important words in the tech sector, what would you choose? Pre-Covid-19, there were many possible options: artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, venture funding, IPO, CRISPR or, as Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump might choose, social media. Today, with the world going through a pandemic, the two words […]