Tom Coates

Founder of Product Club: a new product development and invention company based in San Francisco. Previously: Brickhouse, Fire Eagle, BBC, Time Out etc.


On Falling Over

In 2008 I moved to the US and within six months I’d paralysed my left arm doing something stupid in the office. For a while I didn’t know if it was…


Tech Reporters and Their Hairy Wrists


For some reason, my RSS feeder is full of frighteningly intimate, shallow depth of field pictures of tech journalists and their hairy wrists. It’s a bit grim, frankly. Also humans are gross apes and we don’t deserve beautiful things like the ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ.


From Product Club to Thington Inc.

When Matt Biddulph and I started Product Club, we already knew we wanted to work together, but we didn’t know precisely what we wanted to work on. So we…


Thington Inc. Angel Funding Announcement


Thington Inc. announces funding to build a new way to interact with a world of connected objects

Publications edited by Tom Coates

Product Club is a New Product Development & Invention company based in San Francisco founded by Matt Biddulph and Tom Coates.

News and updates from the new way to interact with a world of connected objects…

Exploring the ways the network is pushing into the physical world


A quick and rough attempt to explain design and designers to people from other disciplines

Watching someone collide with some of the various ways that designers tend to describe themselves and how their job titles have shifted and…


A extremely quick and rough attempt to explain design and designers to people from other disciplines…


The One Year Late Review On the Songs of 2013

It’s just turned into 2015 and the internet is full of lists of all the best songs of 2014. But how on earth is one supposed to have fully digested all the music and events of a year by the second in which it ends? That doesn’t make any sense. So here below are the songs that I enjoyed most from 2013, after … y’know … a full year’s careful and


How I stay informed…

A few months ago, a lovely chap called Kavi Guptta asked me how I stay informed. I wrote way too much and he had to edit it down aggressively…


Interacting with a World of Connected Objects

A quick write-up of a session at the 2014 #foocamp hosted by O’Reilly Media


In praise of boring objects

Or how the shape of the Internet of Things will be decided inside your toasters and washing machines…


A New Sincerity

This piece was first delivered orally at ‘Writers with Drinks’ at the Make-Out Room in San Francisco.


One of the most fundamental problems of our ages is that we’ve lost our trust in the very idea of truth. The loss of ‘truth’ corrodes every aspect of our societies and lives and it’s something we must actively fight against if we want a…


On Falling Over

In 2008 I moved to the US and within six months I’d paralysed my left arm doing something stupid in the office. For a while I didn’t know if it was…