Privilege, football and fifth downs.

It’s great to talk about privilege, but the question is would you take a hit for fairness? Would you sacrifice your privilege.

The contrast can be illustrated between two similar mistakes that happened in collegiate football in 1940 and 1990. The situation in both games was that a team received an extra down “a fifth down” that led to their victories. In 1940 it was Cornell and in 1990 University of Colorado (coincidentally involving both my alma maters). The allocation of an extra play was erroneous and decisive.

In 1940 after reviewing film revealing the…


Winter is coming, nix that winter is here….

“Winter is coming…” a phrase so etched in the collective conscious that the current pandemic illustrates that in our media saturated world that we consume content and it passes through our system with nary a nutritional benefit. In one ear and out the other. While I did not watch the whole series because it was too much time commitment to catch up (too much time getting ready for winter perhaps). It struck me that the overriding metaphor is that catastrophe is always lurking, and cannot ignore it. But yet we do. …


Goodbye to all that (HealthTech) (with thanks to Joan Didion)

*** This is a public draft to seek comments from reviewers ***

It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. …


Today I saw a story on Vice about the difficulty of finding drivers for old hardware on old operating systems. Coincidentally earlier in the week on Tidbits the story was about hardware that stopped being supported by the vendor when a new version of an operating systems come out (Yes, I am talking about you Catalina). This despite the fact that the physical hardware is still operational. As we live more and more in a world with a lot of physical waste, it is going to be an increasingly bigger problem. …


In my career, I tend to have found a good leading indicator of bad management and that tends to be trash talking your competitors. There are great stories about where trash talking one day leads to eating crow the next. Perhaps the most famous is between Michael Dell and Steve Jobs.

Markoff reports, “In 1997, shortly after Mr. Jobs returned to Apple, the company he helped start in 1976, Dell’s founder and chairman, Michael S. Dell, was asked at a technology conference what might be done to fix Apple, then deeply troubled financially. ‘What would I do?’ Mr. Dell said…


The potential of Facebook Platform looked limitless when it was created. The transformation from the marketing influence “REST-like” original Facebook Platform to the more elegant Open Graph API harkened the possibility of becoming a personal history. Believe it or not, there were discussions about how the “Me” only privacy feature could be used to help individuals chronicle their lives and better understand without sharing. And there were some really interesting applications came out, but the truth was that Open Graph became the next generation of Address Book scrapers that kick started social networks as its primary application. However, perhaps naive…


I just saw today in my news digest that the rate of opoid overdoses continues to grow and that “it does not respect state or county lines and is still increasing in every region in the United States,” as noted by Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting director of the CDC, said in a statement.

As I recall my lessons from Mr. Keefer in high school, one of the causes that led to the “colonialism” of China by Britain in the 1800s was the forced introduction of opium by the British, which led to massive profits for the traders and reversed…


I finally broke down and got my belated birthday/Holiday gift of an Apple Watch. When the Series 3 came out with LTE and the increasing applications of the watch for medical applications (and my current position leading product for a health care startup), it seemed now was the time to jump in (also pushing me over the edge was that the Series 3 was now waterproof to enable swimming with an Apple Watch). In the first week of use, my biggest takeaway was how I was pleasantly surprised by how it has enhanced my iPhone experience and second how it…


I was reading a Wall Street Journal article titled “An Unwelcome Tax Surprise Could Soon Lurk in Your Paycheck” on Apple News today and it struck me that the Republican Tax bill may be strategic genius for the reasons I listed below.

An Unwelcome Tax Surprise Could Soon Lurk in Your Paycheck — The Wall Street Journal https://apple.news/A4bdEgOOjSduLK2TzRyCNPQ

Well this is insidious.

  1. Pass a irresponsible tax bill.
    2) fail to provide tools to accurately calculate withholdings
    3) naive and or busy voters feel wealthier and short term happy.
    4) elections occur where GOP campaigns on economic stimulus from tax cuts…


LinkedIn lit up with a post by Jasmine Pak on her frustration at getting repeated rejections from many companies as she pursued her job search. Her inbox exploded with supportive messages and a few job interviews. Her story served as a motivation to write this follow up to my last story on understanding the hiring manager’s decision framework. In this post, I’ll speak to applicants who have had challenges in getting to an offer, and I’ll speak to the old adage “to try the same thing over and over again and expect something to change is the definition of insanity.”…

Charles Wu

A varied journeyman through high tech and bio tech. Roles at STK, LU, MOT, YHOO, FB, TWTR, Pivotal now Director PM at Catalia Health

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