Read “I Was Blind But Now I See” by James Altucher

I am reading “I Was Blind But Now I See” by James Altucher (@jaltucher) – I have attached a link to an excerpt. I highly recommend this book. A good part of it resonates with me – e.g., the importance of physical health and exercise, the disillusions with the “system” and society’s established mile markers of success, and the belief that all that matters is moving towards happiness (and hence things like exercise, relationships, money, etc. should be in the context of how they contribute to happiness). There is a ton of provocative, contrarian advice that is worth hearing, even if you are not ready to embrace all of it right away. The eBook is 99 cents. If you can’t afford that, nearly all of what is on the book is available on his blog at http://www.jamesaltucher.com/ 

Check it out on Amazon.

Read “I Was Blind But Now I See” by James Altucher

Ask President Obama to Nominate Susan Crawford for FCC Chair #SusanCrawfordFCC

SIGN THE PETITION TO ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA TO NOMINATE SUSAN CRAWFORD FOR FCC CHAIR HEREhttp://wh.gov/sFoo

The news is more or less official now, and will be truly official come later today: Julius Genachowski is stepping down as chair of the FCC. As I said in my post last night, “those of us who are passionate about technology, broadband access, and American competitiveness need to get on the stick to push that Susan Crawford (.@scrawford) be nominated by President Obama for FCC Chair.”

While there are parallels between Elizabeth Warren and the Financial Services industry with Crawford and Telecom, the comparison ends when it comes to the right-left divide. The nomination of Crawford should be no less urgent to those on the right as it is those on the left (and center). Crawford argues eloquently for how the current system – in which a small group of dominant telecoms are entangled with captured regulators in what is essentially a monopoly – stifles innovation, economic opportunity and competitiveness in the US.

If you want more information on WHY we should push hard for Susan’s nomination, here are some resources:

Take moment and sign the petition. It is here – http://wh.gov/sFoo

(Reddit discussion herehttp://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/1assuw/petition_president_obama_to_nominate_susan/)

#SusanCrawfordFCC

Politico among other outlets are reporting that Julius Genachowski is stepping down as chair of the FCC. Those of us who are passionate about technology, broadband access, and American competitiveness need to get on the stick to push that Susan Crawford (.@scrawford) be nominated by President Obama for FCC Chair.

SIGN THE PETITION TO ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA TO NOMINATE SUSAN CRAWFORD HERE: http://wh.gov/sFoo

I’ve joined Relay Graduate School of Education as CTO

Friends and Colleagues,

Some of you may already be aware, but I wanted to let you know “officially” that starting this week I’ve joined Relay Graduate of Education as CTO. I am incredibly excited, humbled, and honored by this opportunity to join such an amazing place doing such important work.

For those of you less familiar with Relay, the school was born out of “Teacher U” (a partnership with Hunter College) in 2008 and became an independent, accredited graduate school of education in 2011. As you can imagine, with all the change and opportunity at the intersection of education and technology now, it is an extremely interesting time to take this position at this institution. More information about Relay can be found at http://www.relay.edu/about.

Thank you for all the support and friendship. I look forwarding to connecting again with each of you soon.

Kind Regards,
Rob

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Robert F. Underwood
Chief Technology Officer
Relay Graduate School of Education