Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins

Founding Editor of SiliconANGLE. Executive Producer of theCube.

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PayPal is impressed with Braintree. I’m not.

First of all: congratulations to Accel Partners, NEA and the other investors that did well with Braintree’s exit to PayPal. Secondly: I haven’t talked to John or the other editors at SiliconANGLE to see what their thoughts are on Braintree, so I might be...

Breeching the gulf of space and time …

What you’re looking at is a picture of my great-great-great-great paternal grandfather Edward Hopkin’s tombstone, located near Neath or Margam, Glamorganshire in Wales. Based on my research so far, he and his wife lived in the area their entire lives,...

A Few Thoughts on Maintaining Audience and Creative Integrity

Justin Kownacki put together a thought provoking piece, and addresses what is, to me, the most interesting aspect of not just writing, but anything that involves audience building (which for me, includes building blogs and video vehicles like like and on demand...

My Thoughts on the Impending(?) Ruin of America

One of the things that drove my political inclinations on this election cycle was the runaway spending and how addicted we are to our entitlements and military security. This doesn’t have anything to do with political ideology, although if you attach yourself too...

Facebook’s Launching an External Ad Network (or are they?).

I’ll make this quick, because I’ve spent most of the evening searching my old coverage of Facebook from 2007 in an unsuccessful bid to back up with written word what I remember predicting repeatedly back then – that Facebook would (or should) launch...

Breaking Analysis: A Timeline of the Autonomy Acquisition

CNBC has been doing a pretty decent job getting first hand perspectives from the players involved with the big news out of HP today, with regard to the alleged fraud and writedown of Autonomy that came along with today’s quarterly earnings from HP. CNBC has been...

The Data Scientists’ “War on Punditry”

I’m getting tired of seeing the "war on punditry" waged in the wake of Nate Silver’s accurate election predictions. These thoughts were spurred by a post I spotted by principal research scientist at MIT Andrew McAfee entitled The Pathetic Pundit...