Why Clubhouse is the next big thing, what it teaches us about great products and growth strategies, and what it means for the future.

By now, you may have gotten an invitation to Clubhouse, the next hot social content platform from Silicon Valley. Mike Shinoda is on it, Elon Musk…


The healing power of Big Bend National Park

2020 has been an unforgettable year. It has felt like the emotional crescendo to national unrest fomenting over the past decade as civilization reckons with unprecedented advancements in mass communication and networking, all in the midst of a generational pandemic. These seachanges, along with a confluence of personal events, have…


How to run a hackathon to generate solutions to the problems we face today.

Hackathons are one of the most unique and rewarding parts of working in creative technology. At their most rewarding, hackathons can be an experience that sees teams go from a completely blank page to a minimally viable business in less than 48 hours. My team at SwiftKick Mobile recently stepped…


How I am personally handling the crisis, with ideas for you.

You and I are a lot alike. We are both American citizens during the largest, most lethal pandemic of our lifetimes, the spread of coronavirus and its disease COVID-19, and we are both scared and have no idea what the “right” thing to do now is. At the time of…


Reflections on an era closing at my favorite soccer club.

Mauricio Pochettino

For as long as I can remember, the narratives and strategies in my favorite sports have been one of the methods I have used to make sense of the world around me. When I was a child, it was football…


A meditation on storytelling.

The view of lower Manhattan from East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I am leaving New York City. Perhaps, more accurately, I am changing my primary residence from New York City to Austin, Texas; and I am writing the end of my story that brought me to New York City. I arrived in New York City in 2014…


A few additional thoughts on how we treat criticism of art and audience in the social media age.

“The Big Day” Chance the Rapper

We have a problem with how we talk about pop culture online. I wrote an editorial entitled “Moving from Backlash to Dialogue” addressing this, published in May. The piece was written as…


Why the U.S. Women’s National Team’s fight for pay parity is a “win-win” for us all.

The U.S. Women’s National Team has won the 2019 Women’s World Cup. In these divisive times, it’s one thing that most of us as Americans can agree is an objectively great accomplishment for our…


It is time to move the quality of our online conversations forward.

We’ve all experienced it. The story told during a movie or television event didn’t meet or exceed audience expectations and people take to the internet to express their displeasure. Most recently, this phenomena occurred with Game of Thrones…


What entrepreneurs can learn from the Philadelphia 76ers and the “Process” era.

The Philadelphia 76ers are a basketball team, not the next big software product. Travel back to the early 2010s, however, and you’ll see that they found themselves in a similar position to a lot of startups. They were…

Sean Raftery

NYC/ATX - Product Manager at Swiftkick Mobile - Process Truster - Music. Tech. Sports. Culture.

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