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Tom Galvin

In his spare time, Tom roots for his children and the New York Mets.

Tom Galvin Has 15 Posts

iPhone’s anniversary is a reminder that regulatory headwinds are ahead

When the iPhone was released 10 years ago this week, it was a seminal moment in technology with news media reporting on the huge lines at Apple stores and the early adopters ready and willing to be among the first to purchase the prized gadget. But like everything that was once shiny and new, over […]

Posted on June 28, 2017

For Silicon Valley, It’s Time to Engineer Like It’s 1999

In 1999, I was part of perhaps the most ambitious, audacious – and failed – social experiments ever endeavored. It was called NetAid, a program spearheaded by Cisco and the United Nations to use this new thing called the Internet to connect people in need around the world with the doctors, engineers and social workers […]

Posted on November 18, 2016

After the Earthquake: Trump, Politics and Tech Policy

When Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, our nation experienced a seismic shift that exposes growing ambivalence about the power of technology to create economic opportunities in all corners of the country. Now in the aftermath, we examine what this historic election means for the tech industry going forward. […]

Posted on November 11, 2016

For Millennials, Future of Work is Self-Employment

This makes a lot of sense. You’ve got a new generation of workers, so-called Millennials, coming into their own just as technology has made starting a new business as easy as creating an app or building a website. So I guess it’s no real surprise that GoDaddy-sponsored research found that Millennials are the most entrepreneurial […]

Posted on September 29, 2016

America, Stop Listening to Pundits

There is no way that Donald Trump can be the Republican nominee, because wonder-boy prognosticator Nate Silver said it wouldn’t happen. And Princeton professor Samuel Wang – dubbed by the media a “poor man’s Nate Silver” – deemed it so impossible that “If he’s on either position of the Republican ticket, I’ll eat a bug. […]

Posted on August 3, 2016

Next Stop for Your Data: Ireland

That big sucking sound is your data going overseas. That’s the clear implication of a federal court’s ruling this week that the federal government cannot enforce search warrants for data held overseas. In a first, Microsoft sued two years ago challenging the authority of federal prosecutors to compel the company to turn over a customer’s […]

Posted on July 14, 2016

“Venmo Me” and the Demise of Western Union

Digital platforms are not new to consumer finance. Three decades ago ATMs were linked digitally to give consumers 24-hour access to banking services. What is changing now is the ease by which consumers can operate – cashless and through apps that make conventional banking obsolete. And start-ups, deploying global platforms and leveraging data such as […]

Posted on June 9, 2016

At the Kentucky Derby, Price-Gouging Hotels are the Real Winners

The Kentucky Derby is steeped in tradition, so it’s of no surprise that it would be among the last holdouts against the sharing economy. Last year, the city threatened Airbnb operators with heavy fines. This year, city leaders are grappling with whether Airbnb operators should be required to get a special permit. Legacy industries hate […]

Posted on May 5, 2016

Apple vs. FBI

As the FBI signals it may try to avert a court showdown with Apple over whether the tech company should be required to help unlock the iPhone of a shooter who killed 14 people in the San Bernardino attack, a new survey indicates that Apple is winning the fierce public battle. According to a Vrge […]

Posted on March 22, 2016

Content Disruption? Try Consolidation

If you’re looking for news, there is a fifty-fifty chance you’re finding it at one of ten online publishers. If you are looking for entertainment, there’s a one in 3 chance you’re getting it from Netflix. Over the past two decades, there were a lot of predictions about the Internet. One was that it would […]

Posted on February 8, 2016
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