A World of Deal Making, Gleaned With an iPhone X

You recently moved to London from San Francisco. How do you use technology differently there?

I’m a bit more mindful of social norms. Over here, as my wife reminds me, it’s generally rude to check your phone at a meal or in a social setting. People here still care about technology, but outside-of-tech denizens seem far less obsessed by it.

That’s not a bad thing.

What tech trends do you see emerging in London or Europe in general?

More regulation. Europeans value privacy much more than Americans do, and are really trying to impose their particular worldview on American tech giants like Facebook and Google, companies that evolved with a much different perspective. It’ll be fascinating to see how that clash plays out in the coming years.


Mr. de la Merced checking Standard & Poor’s Global Market Intelligence, a website that helps him in his work.

Tom Jamieson for The New York Times

When you’re not working, what tech products are you currently obsessed with using in your daily life? What’s so great, and what could be better?

Not a day goes by that I don’t ask the household Amazon Echo something. “Alexa, what’s the forecast?” Then, in a much more exasperated tone because the Echo willfully ignored my request: “Alexa, what’s the forecast?” “Alexa, I didn’t ask for the weather in that town 20 miles away.” And so on.

I’m also weighing getting a GPS tracker for my dog, because (a) I’m curious about how much she runs around on her daily walks with her dog walker and (b) I’ve spent way too much time in San Francisco.

You’re a finance guy. Do you think people should be buying Bitcoin?

If I knew the answer to that, that would probably mean I’m misapplying my talents right now.

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