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Matthew Prince

  1. Dispatches from Davos: The attraction of the unbadged

    Barry Colson had a bad night. The Canadian entertainer, who has been a staple at the most popular Davos watering hole for nearly all of the last 20 years, couldn't get his drum machine to stop making a terrible buzzing noise. Rather than belting out popular tunes over his booming piano he fell back to the role of deejay. "I'm spinnin' the hits, baby!"

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  2. Tech Dispatches from Davos: Why They Invited the Little Guy

    Now that it's over, I have to confess that I was quite surprised that CloudFlare was ever invited to the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting. While today we have some national governments and Fortune 500 companies that use CloudFlare, our bread and butter is bringing the resources of the Internet giants to the rest of the web. So it was somewhat odd for the giants to invite us to the party.

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  3. Tech Dispatches from Davos: No Fear Entrepreneurship

    Drew Houston has a great singing voice. Around 2:00am last night he serenaded the Davos late night crowd with a rendition of Elton John's "Rocket Man." Marissa Mayer and I cheered him on piano side. While I didn't meet him there, I'm told Mick Jagger was hanging out in the same bar. If Dropbox doesn't work out for Drew, maybe Mick can set him up with an audition.

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  4. Tech Dispatches from Davos: The Jeans and Hoodie Class

    I've been wearing the same clothes for the last 72 hours. Somehow my bag didn't make the transfer in Atlanta to my flight to Zurich. After filing a lost bag report with Delta Airlines, I headed up to Davos wearing a pair of comfy shoes, tattered jeans, and a wool sweater that is barely one step up from a hoodie. While perfectly acceptable for the San Francisco tech scene, suffice it to say that in the Davos sea of well-tailored Italian suits, I haven't exactly fit in.

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  5. Tech Dispatches from Davos: The Escher-Like Hierarchy of Davos

    There is more snow this year in Davos than any year since 1952. Big, fluffy flakes have been falling continuously since I arrived here Tuesday afternoon. Every conference attendee's bag includes strap-on shoe spikes to keep you from slipping and sliding on the ice. While a good, practical idea in theory, I think the sharpened spikes are unlikely to make it through the airport-like security checks that gate every hotel and venue.

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  6. Tech Dispatchs from Davos: How to Get the Elusive Invite

    So I'm sitting on a plane somewhere 30,000 feet over the Atlantic en route to Davos, Switzerland, the setting of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

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