Hi, I'm Danny. I’m managing editor at TechCrunch and I analyze issues of technology and global power. Get in touch at

Formerly, I was a venture capitalist at Charles River Ventures and General Catalyst. I'm a Harvard PhD dropout and a graduate of Stanford in Mathematical and Computational Sciences.

Current Obsessions

The things I think about every day:

  • The Rise of China
  • Data Sovereignty and the fracturing of the internet
  • Cost Disease
  • Economic development in the 21st century
  • The challenge of megaprojects and infrastructure

Books & Reviews

A list of books I have recently read, in reverse chronological order.

  • 2019-09-28: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  • 2019-09-16: Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom by Stephen R. Platt
  • 2019-08-31: The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási
  • 2019-08-18: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • 2019-07-27: Asymmetry by Lisa Holliday
  • 2019-07-23: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
  • 2019-07-02: The Lessons of History by Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • 2019-06-30: A Death in Hong Kong: The MacLennan Case of 1980 and the Suppression of a Scandal by Nigel Collett (Review)
  • 2019-06-15: Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age by Stephen R. Platt
  • 2019-05-24: Singapore: Unlikely Power by John Curtis Perry
  • 2019-05-19: Bankgkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
  • 2019-05-12: Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China by Karoline Kan
  • 2019-04-27: Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
  • 2019-04-16: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 2019-04-10: Working by Robert Caro
  • 2019-04-07: AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee (Review)
  • 2019-04-06: The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs
  • 2019-04-03: The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil
  • 2019-03-10: How to Read a Book by Mortimer J Adler, Charles Van Doren
  • 2019-03-10: Networks of New York by Ingrid Burrington
  • 2019-03-10: The Plotters by Un-Su Kim
  • 2019-03-08: The Next Billion Users by Payal Arora (Review)
  • 2019-02-26: The Billionaire Raj by James Crabtree (Review)
  • 2019-02-18: Politics across the Hudson by Philip Plotch (Review)
  • 2019-02-03: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • 2019-02-03: Art & Arcana by Jon Peterson, Kyle Newman, Michael Witwer, Sam Witwer
  • 2019-02-03: The Human Jungle by Cho Chongnae
  • 2019-01-24: The Emissary by Yoko Tawada
  • 2019-01-20: Twilight of the Elites (Le crépuscule de la France d'en haut) by Christophe Guilluy
  • 2019-01-18: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (Review)
  • 2019-01-13: The Planet Remade by Oliver Morton (Review)
  • 2019-01-08: Small Wars, Big Data by Eli Berman, Joseph Felter, Jacob N. Shapiro
  • 2019-01-06: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  • 2018-12-28: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Review)
  • 2018-12-20: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (Review)
  • 2018-12-05: Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
  • 2018-11-04: Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson (Review)
  • 2018-10-20: State Tectonics by Malka Older (Review)
  • 2018-09-16: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou (Review)
  • 2018-06-23: Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War by Paul Scharre (Review)
  • 2018-06-10: Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • 2018-05-01: Bandwidth by Eliot Peper (Review)
  • 2017-01-01: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Ryan Holiday
  • 2017-01-01: Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • 2017-01-01: Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan
  • 2017-01-01: Pyongyang by Guy DeLisle
  • 2017-01-01: Easternization by Gideon Rachman
  • 2017-01-01: From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra
  • 2017-01-01: The Ideas Industry by Dan Drezner
  • 2017-01-01: Notes on a Foreign Country by Suzy Hansen
  • 2017-01-01: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  • 2017-01-01: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro
  • 2017-01-01: Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • 2017-01-01: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid