The Commercial Future: Artificial Intelligence

In this blog, I am interviewing guest Nikolai Pereira, an entrepreneur and founding partner of Leova, an AI system that voice-enables mobile apps.  He is an algorithm junkie, computer science and electronics engineer expert with direct knowledge on the future of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Let’s begin:

SR: Many of us have a notion of Artificial Intelligence […]

Wearable Free-Conomics

Warren Buffet said he doesn’t invest in technology because he doesn’t understand it.

What if I engaged the mighty sage of Omaha on the future of wearable computing like smart watches and Google glasses.

Fa-get about it!

But what company does not have some form of technology enabling it or disrupting its industry.  For instance, 3D printing  reducing […]


The first time someone said “Atawad” to me, I retorted:

“Don’t wa-da-tah to the shama cow… ’cause thats a cama cama leepa-chaiii, sa-da-tay, dig?”

I thought this person was trying to one-up my knowledge on Pootie Tang slang.  Turns out he was talking digital code for on-demand, the future of business models.

Atawad stands for anytime, anywhere, any […]

I Love It When U Call Me Big Da-Ta

In the 90s, Hip Hop was divided along very crude lines between Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

One could not love both; one had to pick sides, coordinate the right bandana colors and wave the right gang signs or one’s street cred as a hip hop enthusiast was shot.

20 years later the debate seems trivial, dying […]

A/B or Not to Be

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Would that we could reduce the noise and complexity of our lives with a TV remote and dial everything down to the signal of the critical few?

In the 90’s there was this movie called “Sliding Doors”, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. THE PLOT: A British woman’s personal romance and career both hinge (without her […]

Bucket Lists

Me & Steve

The other day, I asked my wife, “If the version of me today ran into the version of me 10 years ago on the street, would the version of me 10 years ago like the version of me today?

My wife said, “Yes, because you became the big brother you always wanted back then but didn’t […]

Letter to myself as First Year MBA

You can feel the walls of Sage Hall at the Johnson School closing in as the Fall Semester begins again…a new crop of MBA students with the best intentions are about to get sucked into the vortex of over-achievement: club officer role competition, speed networking, Fortune 50 recruitment, and finally the “Core” curriculum where you […]

Walk Behind The People


Several times in my career, I have been privy to the insides of an organization going through rapid change.   Faster than an angry Bruce Banner (aka Incredible Hulk) outgrowing his suit and shoes, the organization was busting at the seams in staff overhead,  attempting new market entry, a targeted acquisition or some other strategic path.

In […]