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

Et Cetera

Published Articles

For a list of all articles I have published elsewhere, click here.

Books and Reviews

For a list of books I have read and reviews I have written of them, click here.


You can explore my academic research.


Google+ Social Search Patents

As part of my work on the Google+ launch in 2011, my manager Frances Haugen and I spearheaded original research and development on social search and rankings as well as how to use search as a means of creating interactivity and connections among users. That work was eventually migrated into a series of patents and assigned to Google.



EST 364: How to Build a Startup (Summer, 2015)

State University of New York, Stony Brook University (Songdo Campus)

Summer 2015 Syllabus

This course was an accelerated introduction to startups and entrepreneurship for a special program of Korean University undergrads. Students learned the history and methodologies of startups, while also building their own company.

Lecture Slides (Theory)

Lecture Slides (Activities)

Lecture Slides (Case Studies)