Author Archives: Drummond Reed

About Drummond Reed

Internet entrepreneur in identity, personal data, and trust frameworks

Lyft, this really sucks…

I have been a faithful customer of Lyft for the past several years, charging literally thousands of dollars of rides over that time. And then today I order a Lyft that goes to the other side of the building I’m … Continue reading

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Am I Completely Missing Something or Did AirBNB Map View Just Go Away?

As heads-down as I have been working on SSI (self-sovereign identity) for the past 18 months (that’s why no posts during that period), once again a broken customer experience has provoked me to break that spell (last time it was … Continue reading

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United Wifi: How Can It Be So Bad?

I just flew United non-stop from Seattle to Washington D.C. (Dulles) and back. I realized too late after booking the trip that this was the airline on which I had never successfully connected to their in-air wifi. Since it was a five … Continue reading

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What He Said (about Sovrin)

I joke with Phil Windley that half my blog posts are about his blog posts. But there’s a good reason for that. Phil’s a prolific blogger because he’s a prolific thinker, and there is a very high signal-to-noise ratio in those … Continue reading

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Even Just Two Days Can Be a Vacation

“Summer vacation” this year consisted of just two days—the only two days my two sons could free up to take off with my wife and I. There wasn’t even enough time to go out of town, so finally we had a … Continue reading

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Zootopia Is My Happy Place

I don’t think I’ve had such a good time at the movies since Little Miss Sunshine. If you just want to smile—and laugh—and clap—and feel like dancing all over the theatre—don’t miss this. And don’t watch it at home (which you will want to do … Continue reading

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The Offer Letter of Your Dreams from eShares

Ironically, this post has nothing to do with my company going live with eShares online equity management service yesterday. The only connection is that it may be the reason (in some scary way I haven’t figure out yet) that this Medium story from eShares CEO Henry Ward appeared … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat and the O-Ring Theory of Development

I can’t keep track of the number of times I’ve done a post just to point at one of Phil Windley’s posts. But there’s a good reason: Phil’s a highly discriminating thinker and writer who hits some nails right on the … Continue reading

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How to Specify the Email Address to Use in a Google Contacts Group

So how many users do you think are on Gmail now? A quick Google search reveals roughly 500 million (that’s about 1/8th of all email users in the world right now). So how many of them do you think use Google Contacts? … Continue reading

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Ex Machina: One Very Fine Machine

About a third of the way into this movie I found myself thinking that film has become such a high art form, attracting so much talent the world over, that either we’re going to run out of ideas or our heads … Continue reading

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Brad Feld on How to Deal with Email After a Long Vacation

My Newsle service spotted this post by Brad Feld about his recommended approach to dealing with missed email: ignore it and re-engage with your email stream afresh upon your return. I completely agree; that’s was the same conclusion I came to after … Continue reading

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Whiplash is the Best Titled Film – and Possibly the Best Film – of 2014

When I wrote my review of The Imitation Game in January, I said it set the high-water mark for film in 2014. And, when viewed from the perspective of all aspects of filmcraft, it did. But when I finally saw Whiplash … Continue reading

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T.Rob on the Samsung AdHub Privacy Policy – Have We Reached a Privacy Waterloo?

One of my favorite bloggers in the Internet identity/security/privacy/personal data space, T.Rob Wyatt, just posted an expose of what the Samsung privacy policy really means when it comes to using Samsung devices and their integrated AdHub advertising network. I can tell … Continue reading

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Selma

It is very hard, being a white man who was only seven years old at the time, to even think I can appreciate what it was like to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. But Selma takes … Continue reading

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FounderDating Breaks the First Rule of Trust—I Will Never Use This Site

True story: two weeks ago I received an email from an entrepreneur I know and respect (who will remain unnamed). It read as follows: Hi Drummond, I’ve just joined FounderDating (no, it’s NOT romantic) – a handpicked network of entrepreneurs connecting … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Unsung No More

As each year closes, I find myself thinking about the “high water mark film”—the movie that did the most in the past year to raise the bar for filmmaking as a whole. This doesn’t mean it will be the Best Picture … Continue reading

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The Google Flight Info Trick

When I first stumbled across this, I thought I was the only one who hadn’t heard about it. Now I find myself telling other travelers about it all the time and am consistently surprised that they don’t know it. If you want … Continue reading

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Interstellar: See It in the Biggest Baddest IMAX Theatre You Can

Christopher Nolan is quite possibly my favorite living director. Inception soars among any other film in the last decade; as far as I’m concerned, the fact that it was not nominated for Best Director is one of the most damning omissions in Academy history. … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy

When I first heard our 70+ year old neighbor remark that GOTG was the most entertaining movie she’d she’s seen in years, I knew I had to go. And within the first two minutes I realized why. This is not another Star … Continue reading

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Acupuncture for Oso

It’s all but impossible to relate to the scope of the destruction from the mudslide last week outside Oso, only an hour to the north of our house in Seattle. But Bill Wulsin (whose sister Virginia Lee sent me a guest post … Continue reading

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