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@NosFeratu1 You are not totally off base here -- but let's also remember that the "real estate interests" were able to transform a lot of Brooklyn, Queens, and Northern Manhattan into thriving/desirable neighborhoods. I don't think that many people were excited to live in Harlem twenty years ago... today, people are moving there eagerly.
2 months ago on Awareness accomplished. Now let’s actually do something about San Francisco’s housing problem
Yup, as this article points out... there is no solution to the problem (as the problem has been framed by the media and the protesters).
Some want San Francisco to be "authentic" -- i.e. inhabited by people like them or who fulfill their definition of what a "real" San Franciscan should be. A big part of the authenticity is the small neighborhood vibe. Unfortunately, there are millions and millions of people who would like to reside in those Victorian homes in those small neighborhoods, and most of the people who can afford to do so are working 60-hour jobs in highly compensated fields...
This is what one might call an "end game" situation... and when we exhaust all possible alternative outcomes... that's when people get angry and throw things.
@DirtySexyEdtech Great comment. You are correct on all of the above.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Look Who’s Gawking: Inside Nick Denton’s phony, hypocritical class war against tech workers
@paulcarr @bgoldberg Generalizations are fine, so long as the people you are generalizing look a certain way...
@ipvideo Many of them do. It depends upon the specifics of the jobs. The average highly-skilled software engineer probably makes more than the average sanitation worker, yes. The average BART worker probably makes more than the average AdOps manager.
Special thanks to Paul for highlighting how these "poor, destitute" BART workers make a huge salary, despite their efforts to hide overtime/bonus from all public discourse about their hearty incomes. It's hilarious how hypocritical this narrative has become. The increase in rents is driven just as much by the sheer quantity of workers moving to SF as it is by their salaries. I know plenty of 'techies' at big-name companies who make $70-95k, which is a fine salary, but less than a police officer will make. The financial advantage that many 'techies' have is that they are young, aren't supporting families, and don't yet care about saving. And so they will happily (and irresponsibly) pay $3k/month for a single room apartment.
@redhat @Scott_Allison Medium has a long way to go... the founders were able to get it some attention, not sure it is changing much or gonna get that big.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The top 20 most viral companies of the decade (and how they ultimately performed)
@Scott_Allison That's exactly right. Both of those companies grew fast, but in a sustained way.
@edwkim Great comment -- totally agree!
3 months ago on The Facebook content game: Who will win and who will lose?
I'm not sure that the criticisms against Upworthy are valid. There is nothing wrong with writing engaging headlines. There is nothing wrong with being hyper-attentive to curation. I think people are just jealous.
Now, whether they are a fad/gimmick or whether they last... that's another question.
But I don't see any reason to give them a hard time. Cynics can blame Facebook or Mankind for Upworthy's success, but not Upworthy.
3 months ago on Upworthy hits 87M monthly uniques, says “Don’t call us clickbait”
This is a very one-sided Pando House Rock.
I think that you need to point out a few things:
1) Many of the neighborhoods that are being 'gentrified' were absolute shitholes before the "Twitters" moved in. Mid-market is still pretty bad, but it's headed in the right direction. What is the percentage decrease in needles on the street??
2) You can have a city of just rich people -- look at most of Manhattan. The good news is that the increased rents in prime Manhattan have lead to the improvement of Brooklyn, Harlem, and Queens. The same thing is happening now to Oakland.
3) Rents can only go up when the local economy is creating high-paying jobs. That is happening. I do feel bad for those who are not employed in such lines of work, but the jobs ARE being created.
4) There is no solution to increased rents. None. Rent control is a dangerous myth and will only hurt the city while creating arbitrary winners/losers.
5) The Ellis Act is perfectly fair. This is America. People own their property and can do what they want with it.
3 months, 1 week ago on Pandohouse Rock: Income inequality in San Francisco
@@chrisamccoy Lots of good thoughts here, thanks for the thoughtful response.
6 months ago on Great entrepreneurs do not know their audiences
@Alyssa Royse I'm open to speak on this topic with you after the flurry dies down a little bit here. I have advised a lot of men and women in media on how to raise venture capital... it's something I put a lot of time into and talk about very little.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Take Two
@JoshuaBolin Thanks. There were a lot of mistakes. One of them is that I was speaking to the Pando audience in the blog post, and assumed that they would be the readers. That was a mistake upon which many other poor judgements were layered.
@drewreidkerr Yes, the people who have run the publishing industry over the last twenty years have managed to destroy it. That is why the biggest-name publications are selling for small fractions of their value, and the rest are going out of business quickly. There are exceptions, but not many.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com
UPDATE: After a lot of comment thread discussions, I now have a better sense of why some people have taken exception to my fundraise announcement...
Indeed, there are a lot of successful feminist publications — xojane and thehairpin are two that have built great followings. I regret not referencing them in my announcement, and the launch of Bustle, and my excitement about it, were not meant to convey that these sites don't exist. Nor was I trying to suggest that we are the first-ever website to cover this specific array of topics. I should have discussed some of these successful sites.
Bustle is a very different company from xojane or thehairpin. I would like for Bustle to be one of the fifty largest sites on the internet within this decade, and I would like to see it generate $100 million in revenue by that point. That's not to say that it is impossible for a feminist site like thehairpin to also achieve this, but I think that we are approaching things differently. Raising a large round of venture capital is one such difference in approach. Partnering with a major media company like Time Warner is another.
I appreciate the feedback and criticism, and I really intend to take it all in. I appreciate Anna and Rachel taking the time to elaborate on their reactions to this post and their patience in helping me to better understand the specific point.
7 months ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com
@annaholmes @bgoldberg @ElizabethSpiers1 @rachelsklar There are many great feminist publications out there. I am agreeing with that, and acknowledging that I should have mentioned that more clearly in my post.
I do not believe that those websites are in a position to become Top 50 websites, or achieve the scale necessary to generate substantial advertising revenue on their own. In many cases, I do not believe that to be their aim.
The entire fundraise announcement was wrapped in the context of trying to build a highly mainstream, large-scale publication with a feminist voice. After looking at the competitive landscape, i do not believe that any of them achieve that. Jezebel is a great site, but it is one part of Gawker Media (which reaches mostly men), just as xojane is one part of Say Media.
I think that a lot of people are reading my post to suggest that I discount existing feminist blogs. That was not my intention, and after re-reading my post with an eye towards that context, I see why that sentiment is conveyed.
There are dozens of women who are working hard to make Bustle great, and I am proud of every one of them. They are not responsible for any contextual shortcomings in my fundraise announcement, nor do they justify such shortcomings.
A great part of starting Bustle is gaining a greater understanding of women's publishing and the feminist landscape. I bring a lot of value to the table for this company, but there is no question that there are challenges ahead for me and many things to learn. Constructive feedback like this is helpful.
Bustle is a really great site that is going to keep getting better. If people were turned off by my fundraise announcement, then I am convinced that our editors will win them back. I will try to do so as well.
@annaholmes @bgoldberg @ElizabethSpiers1 It wasn't a straw man, because this article was precisely about me raising the money, hiring talented women, and enthusiastically entering a market. Most of the criticism has been from people inferring things that I did not say.
In hindsight, I regret that I did not highlight that there ARE many great feminist publications out there. There are a ton of them. But creating a great feminist publication that generates substantial revenue is a different challenge, and one that I am excited to embrace.
The article was predicated on the idea that my team and I are trying to build a large/mainstream publication that can be a Top 50 website on the internet. A billion dollar company. And one that has a feminist voice from day one. I'm not sure that Rookie Mag or TheHairpin are currently on such trajectory. I don't know if it's their goal. That's not a criticism, it's just an observation.
This was a business publication, and I would be happy to write a guest post on a different publication that is a more appropriate forum for discussing feminism. I am happy to go into great detail about how we differ from, say, xojane. I discussed that with Jane herself last week, and am happy to do it publicly.
@Cynthia Schames @bgoldberg @tbauckhage @AmyWillardCross I think that a lot of people, yourself included, were inclined to dislike Bustle, because the founder was a man. There may now be other reasons as well, though I think my comments on this article have been thoughtful, and (unlike your comment here), respectful.