I had a dream.
I thought I would get to interview Adam Bernstein, the author of a book about the future of tech.
I wanted to know what he thought about the state of the industry and what he was working on, but I was so nervous about it.
I had to get it out of my system.
Then I was surprised by the response.
His book is called “I’ve been Writing About the Next Five years.”
It’s a long one.
Bernstein was sitting in a conference room in the Boston offices of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
I was standing in the corner of the room, staring intently at a computer screen.
The rest of the time I was busy reading the book.
And he was in the room.
I don’t know how it happened.
He walked up to me and began asking me questions about the book, which I hadn’t even thought of asking him.
The interview happened the following week at an event in Washington, DC.
I have to say, it was pretty amazing.
He’s an amazing writer.
Bernstein is an amazing guy.
He has this incredible knack for writing a book and making it really compelling, but he also knows how to craft an engaging conversation.
He and his wife, a writer, have a daughter.
Bernstein and I are now a couple.
And I’m in the process of publishing “I Have Been Writing about the Next 5 Years.”
And it’s a wonderful book.
Bernstein has written three books since the early 1990s, and he is one of the most prolific writers in the field.
I’m fascinated by what he’s been working on since then.
He does so many interesting things.
He is one in a long line of thinkers, including Stephen Wolfram, who I think is one the most important people in the history of the field, who was writing about numbers.
And in a sense, he’s one of my favorite writers, too.
But it’s the other kind of genius that he’s had.
He writes like he was sitting at a conference table in a room full of people.
I love the fact that, even in the years before, when you were writing your book, you were sitting at an interview with a stranger who wanted to ask you something, you had to be the type of person who would be like, “You’re such a good interviewer, I don-want-to-go-anywhere.
What’s the deal with this guy?”
And he would be so gracious.
He would be saying, “Well, I can tell you, I’m very impressed with you, because you’re a smart, articulate person.”
And then you’d say, “And I can also tell you that, I’ve been working with this person for a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
And he’d go, “Oh, well, then you know, you have a really good point.
And it sounds like a really interesting question.
I think it’s an interesting question.”
It was a very unique way of saying, I want to hear what you have to tell me.
So I think I did a pretty good job.
And you could see it, as he would say, on the other side of the table.
He had the whole room, and it was a great conversation.
I really enjoyed it.
He was a little more open, as I said, and a little less guarded, and very willing to answer questions about his own writing.
He really loved the book and he really loved me.
And the way I approached the interview was just to ask him the questions.
I said something like, if you could just tell me what your thoughts were on the technology that’s coming next, how do you see that happening?
He said, “I’m thinking about things like that.”
And I said yes, and then we talked for an hour.
And we did a couple of rounds of Q&A, which are the questions that I want answered.
And then he said, you know what?
You have a point, and we’ll talk about that.
And after that, he said it was time to leave.
He left me a note saying that he was leaving because he was going to go to work for another company.
I still haven’t found out where that company is.
And, of course, I have a lot of work to do.
So he’s gone.
So there are other books in the pipeline, but this is the one I want in my library.
And that was a really nice moment.