The HealthCare.gov fiasco is a timely case study in how "big" is a liability in today's age of radical connectivity. Big institutions - a giant federal bureaucracy, huge technology contractors, and a bloated government procurement process - spent over $500,000,000 creating a glorified webform -- and failed. But these big organizations never stood a chance, and smaller, more agile, and nimbler firms and processes could have mitigated these risks which now threaten the President's legacy.
A few days ago, I was reminded me of a court case I'd heard about back in April, involving a company called ReDigi. The company bills itself as "your favorite used record store, but for digital music files".
I didn’t expect to find a QR Code camping in the mountains of Vermont. In fact, stranded without cell service for several days, I had almost forgotten my phone was anything more than a weird shaped flashlight.
When I began my internship at EchoDitto in May, I never would have thought a Hackathon could be a good thing. It sounded illicit and dangerous. I pictured a group of hackers getting together and breaking down firewalls to access data. Why would any group plan an event like this?
It was in late April 2003 that I packed my car and left Queens, New York to join Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. Today I’m repeating the drive, this time from Boston, headed back up to Burlington, Vermont to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Howard Dean’s run for president.