And the beat goes on. Our inaugeral Futurecast of 2015 was held on Wednesday at the Foundry in Palo Alto. It featured the movie director Robin Hauser Reynolds, Recode CEO Kara Swisher and a boisterous audience of 75 entrepreneurs, investors and academics. Our subject, riffing off Reynold's upcoming documentary, was the cost of the gender gap in the technology industry and, as you can imagine, the conversation was both spirited and controversial. We'll be broadcasting some video highlights in the next couple of weeks.

I'm on the road for most of the rest of the month. I'll be at SXSW in Austin this Sunday,debating Clive Thompson about whether or not the Internet is the answer. Next Tuesday evening, I'm being interviewed by Elizabeth Stark at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. And then on Wednesday, I'm speaking in New York City at the Association of American Publishers annual general meeting, where other speakers include Cornell West and David Brooks. 

The weekend of March 22-23, I'll be by the seaside in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, for Julia Hobsbawn's always excellent Names Not Numbers conference which this year includes such diverse speakers as the novelist Elif Sharak and the historian Simon Schama. I'll be on a panel which asks whether the Internet should be the operating system for the 21st century. I'll also be interviewing my old friend Esther Dyson about the impact of technology on the healthcare system.  

And the following week, I'm in Italy to launch 
INTERNET NON È LA RISPOSTA. On Tuesday evening 3/24, I'll be speaking at Il Circolo Dei Lettori  in Turin. Then on Wednesday 3/25, I'll in Milan tospeak at a Meeting The Media Guru event. 

March madness indeed. Happy (almost) Spring.