Who is Robert Schlaff?
I’m a devoted husband and father to an awesome family who works at AIG as Head of Commercial Digital Product. For more information about what I do at work, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
What is a Digital Raconteur?
Throughout the 1920s, some friends would meet daily for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel in New York. They included the founding editor of the New Yorker Harold Ross, the playwright George S. Kaufmann and the writer Dorothy Parker. This group, called The Algonquin Round Table, would meet to tell stories and share quips in a bustling city that was finding its place on the world stage. They were the original raconteurs of New York, getting together to share stories that would enlighten and entertain. In an age when we no longer have two martini lunches, I wanted humbly bring that sensibility online.
- I wrote about How I Replaced My Google Ads With My To Do List. I also presented this at the New York Tech Meetup which got a very good reception. I’ve also got some other thoughts about how to Stop the things that we own from owning us
- Alexa and Google in Our Home — How Alexa and Google work with our family (vs. phones that work against it). I also have a post on Amazon and Google’s Patents and the Possible Future of Smart Speakers
- How Airbnb Changed the Meaning of Hotel Branding — In the past, trusting a hotel brand meant trusting Mariott or Starwood. Now it means trusting Airbnb
When Products Are Too Transparent — Microsoft guesses your age as part of its Face API. While it’s an interesting party trick, it also makes some people uncomfortable
- Alexa Blueprints: Personal Alexa Skills in Minutes — My history building Alexa Skills and how Alexa just made this much easier with Blueprints
- The Mother-in-Law’s Guide to Cloud Computing — Explaining cloud computing and on-demand capacity through retail checkout lines
- How Amazon Uses Microservices — Microservices is one of the hot trends in software today. Here’s some background about how Amazon’s been thinking about this for over a decade
- The Value of Big Data, Why It’s Difficult to Monetize and How Google Does It — My experiences in data monetization
- Big Data vs. Small Actionable Analytics — Forget the buzzwords and build the solution to fit the problem
- The Secret to Google’s Self Driving Cars — Google Street View — How better data transformed the quality of self driving cars
- “Saving Money” by Paying More for Netflix — How subscription pricing can make people feel like they’re getting a deal when they really aren’t
- What Do You Mean by “Film?” — An interview with kids about film cameras from 2010. Spoiler alert: They’re confused
- Prospect Theory: Losing Feels Bad More than Winning Feels Good — An example of how we interpret statistics incorrectly due to our human biases
- The Hidden Thirteenth Floor — How my children found the number 13 hidden in our elevator
- Why I Love My Fitbit Alta HR — This is one of the few technology products that gives me almost everything I need and very little that I don’t
Math and Logic