Tiernan Ray

Tiernan Ray has been covering technology and business for over 24 years. He was most recently technology editor for Barron's where he wrote daily market coverage for the Tech Trader blog and wrote the weekly print column of that name. He has also worked for Bloomberg and SmartMoney, and for the prestigious ComputerLetter newsletter covering venture capital investments in tech. In addition to TheStreet.com, his writing about artificial intelligence can be seen on ZDNet.com. His work has been published in the New York Times, Fortune magazine, and CNN Money. He is a graduate of Princeton University and a native of New York City.

Recent Articles By The Author

How Microsoft Wound Up as the One Tech Giant Untainted by Scandal

How Microsoft Wound Up as the One Tech Giant Untainted by Scandal

Under Satya Nadella and CFO Amy Hood, Microsoft has managed to grow bigger than all of its mega-cap tech rivals without the slightest whiff of scandal.

Big Tech's Watchdogs Won't Solve Anything By Just Focusing on Competition

Big Tech's Watchdogs Won't Solve Anything By Just Focusing on Competition

Politicians like the EU's Margrethe Vestager and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren are stuck in Industrial Age notions of marketplace competition, whereas tech giants' power really comes from their control over our data.

Are You a Rational or a 'Noise Trader' of Tech Stocks? Here's Why It Matters

Are You a Rational or a 'Noise Trader' of Tech Stocks? Here's Why It Matters

Noise traders tend to buy high and sell low, as Milton Friedman said, but they can still dominate markets. And they can also go broke individually.

What Investors in Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft Really Want

What Investors in Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft Really Want

Investors in mega-cap tech stocks don't seem to precisely know whether they want growth, value or income. But they know they love the dominance of these companies.

Get Ready for Big Tech's Robot Stampede

Get Ready for Big Tech's Robot Stampede

Google and others have dabbled in robotics to little effect, but the emerging ecosystem of software tools and cheap robotic parts presages a wave of robot offerings from Big Tech companies.

When Will Alphabet Finally Deliver on the Promise of Its 'Other Bets'?

When Will Alphabet Finally Deliver on the Promise of Its 'Other Bets'?

Alphabet's 'Other Bets' were intended as a way for the company to more nimbly explore new businesses, but nearly four years on, there's little to show for the holding company structure.

How Would Ad-Dependent Alphabet, Facebook Handle Another Recession?

How Would Ad-Dependent Alphabet, Facebook Handle Another Recession?

In the last recession, Google's ad revenue growth almost completely evaporated -- now's time to consider what could happen in a downturn to both Alphabet and Facebook.

Bitcoin's Surge Wasn't Sustainable so Its Latest Retreat Is No Surprise

Bitcoin's Surge Wasn't Sustainable so Its Latest Retreat Is No Surprise

Bitcoin prices were backing down on Thursday from another surge akin to its sudden rise in late 2017.

What Spotify, Dropbox Must Do to Keep Ahead of the Latest Wave of IPOs

What Spotify, Dropbox Must Do to Keep Ahead of the Latest Wave of IPOs

Spotify and Dropbox are having a bit of a resurgence at the moment, thought the two IPO darlings of 2018 have seen lackluster returns since their debuts.

Slack Slips as Red-Hot Public Offering Yields to Pricey Valuation

Slack Slips as Red-Hot Public Offering Yields to Pricey Valuation

At its present valuation, it's hard to see even a 30% move for shares from here.