About Me

Photo: Dayton Evan Ogden/Den of Oak Photography

I’m fascinated by the intersection of business, finance, technology, and culture. I’ve written on these topics for more than 15 years across several newsrooms.

Most recently, I was a correspondent at Insider, where I covered venture capital and startups. Before that, I was a markets correspondent at Reuters, where I got a crash course in U.S. stocks and stock options.

I began my full-time journalism career at Inc. magazine, and I’ve also contributed to Technical.ly Brooklyn, Fast Company, Marie Claire, The New Yorker, and The Week.

Outside of work, I like discovering new music, playing the violin, making stationery, and watching soapy TV dramas. I live in Harlem, but I’ll always be a Virginian at heart.

(By the way, most of the featured photos on the homepage are from my work with Technical.ly Brooklyn, to which I contributed regularly in my period as a freelance writer. From top to bottom: 3D-printed objects from Make Mode; handicrafts made by Etsy employees adorning the company’s office; inside the BigRep One 3D printer stationed at New Lab; and last but not least, my keyboard with to-do reminders.)

Selected Clips

Wall Street bull run hinges on earnings
The decisive factor in whether the bull market runs much further may be this year’s corporate earnings.
Reuters, April 9, 2019

Retail stocks set to bypass tariff woes but face aftershock risk
Even with a rollback of tariffs on Chinese imports, lingering effects on supply chains could eventually weigh on consumer stocks.
Reuters, March 5, 2019

Small-cap stocks shrug off debt concerns, for the moment
As credit spreads have narrowed, a sign investors are less risk-averse, small-cap stocks have climbed.
Reuters, February 5, 2019

Defensive stocks top 2019 playbooks
Perceived safe havens like utilities and consumer staples are emerging as top picks as stocks limp into 2019.
Reuters, December 28, 2018

Patience pays off for decades-long Apple shareholders
Longtime holders of Apple shares revel as the company’s market capitalization surpasses $1 trillion.
Reuters, August 2, 2018

Ten years after crash, Americans still have not fallen back in love with stocks
Americans hold fewer individual stocks and put less money into equities than they did a decade ago.
Reuters, March 18, 2018

No, Dog Parker isn’t a “startup dog prison,” says CEO
How to dispel damaging perceptions about a company.
Technical.ly Brooklyn, September 11, 2017

NYU’s Gary Marcus is an artificial intelligence contrarian
He’s not sold on the rise of the machines just yet.
Technical.ly Brooklyn, April 10, 2017

Inside Etsy’s surprisingly ambitious policy agenda
The company recently partnered with Congressional representatives to launch the Microbusiness Caucus.
Technical.ly Brooklyn, April 3, 2017

We go behind the scenes of this dazzling VR performance of Hamlet
A new twist on theater from a team at NYU.
Technical.ly Brooklyn, November 11, 2016

Looking to Africa for the Next Netflix
The competition is heating up to serve viewers looking for content from the African diaspora.
OZY, August 26, 2016

Nope, ConsenSys isn’t letting the $50M Ethereum breach slow it down
A recent hack hasn’t stopped the blockchain studio.
Technical.ly Brooklyn, June 30, 2016

How Netflix’s algorithm exposes technology’s racial bias.
Marie Claire, February 29, 2016

The Bitcoin Revolution Hits Africa
The cryptocurrency might make very real impacts on countries across Africa.
OZY, April 25, 2014

Beyond Buy-One-Give-One Retail
The charity-driven business model pioneered by Toms Shoes has some drawbacks.
The New Yorker, April 7, 2014

Can You Start a Successful Tech Career Later in Life?
A recent interview with Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham reveals potential bias against tech newbies.
The New Yorker, January 10, 2014