Author Archives: chrisjhorn

The world’s most valuable start-up

I wrote this piece for the Irish Times,  published (in a shortened version) today.. Which company — just four and half years old — is now the most valuable technology start-up in the world? It has just been valued at … Continue reading

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Impressions of Bengaluru (Bangalore)

This was published by the Irish Times on 1st December 2014 last. The “Garden City of India”, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), has an attractive climate, being about 900m above sea level and thus much cooler than many other parts of the … Continue reading

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2014 Web Summit

This was published by the Irish Times on 3rd November 2014.

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Crazy Jack

This article on Alibaba and its founder “Crazy Jack” was published on 29th September last. “When the team is all a bunch of scientists it is best to have a peasant lead the way”.  How did an English-language teacher — … Continue reading

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White knuckle aviation

This article was published by the Irish Times on 1st September last – 100 years after the first successful military aviation mission. “No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris…[because] no known motor can run at the requisite … Continue reading

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Cortana, Siri, and Google Now

This piece appeared in the Irish Times today.  As an aside,  I always find it interesting how a sub-editor subtly changes some of the text from my submitted original.   The sub-editor also choses a headline for the piece,  which I … Continue reading

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Kevin Melia: a great mentor

I wrote this following the sad passing of Kevin in June.   It was published by the Irish Times on 5th July.

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