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NEWSFLASH: Stop trying to change the world. Participation is HARD ENOUGH.
This myth that startups aspire to "change the world" is a fallacy. Do some companies change the world? Certainly. Do they set out to change the world explicitly? I think that's a mistake of EPIC proportions. Focus on participation because real change is a deep deep rabbit hole.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maybe Silicon Valley companies succeed because their founders care more about what they do than where they do it
Harsh, but if that's the goal we're talking about then history shows he's not the guy, lest we repeat the Dodgeball letdown of being swallowed up and discarded by a bigco so we can complain about it in the press for years down the road... or IPO on a $1M run rate and a $20M burn rate.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Waze overvalued or is Foursquare undervalued?
Are you reporting that Foursquare has fielded offers from the same companies that were vying for Waze, but at far less than $1B? Is this an opinion piece or are you reporting something between the lines... because if I didn't know any better I'd say you just announced Dennis Crowley's ouster using some misdirection... he's done, but Andrew Mason style where people still want to work with him on future projects. If he couldn't find that $1B suitor his highly option diluted employees and patient investors need somebody else running that company.
@timrpeterson And then also it's been a really bad day at my colo provider, so that's probably making me a jack### right now about it.
9 months, 1 week ago on Jason Calacanis: Why I told YouTube to go away and keep their money
@timrpeterson The playback tends to stop if I browse off this tab and requires a refresh and manual seek to recover... maybe the issue is isolated to Chrome? I mean I guess I'm pissed because the content is so great it deserves a working platform.
How a valley media company chooses the absolute worst video player on the internet completely blows my mind. Whatever this thing is I hate it and you should go to YouTube or something that actually works. Branding doesn't matter if the technology is from 1998. Disappoint.
What are the odds Mayer makes Tumblr literally a Youtube competitor? YT pre-rolls are on every view now so we know users tolerate it. That would be an interesting evolution of the product imho
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Yahoo’s track record with acquisitions isn’t relevant to Tumblr
I've never seen such a thorough moat strategy. These guys are absolutely maniacal.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Google is keeping iCloud’s promises
I'd be interested in hearing from USV, AH and GV and others that are making investments in the space.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Dept. of Homeland Security freezes accounts between Dwolla and bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox
Some of the issue is supply side. They don't have enough inventory to target. But the supply issue is because their ads are too expensive (i.e. - they don't convert like Google). It's classic chicken & egg problem. Their ad product stinks.
10 months, 1 week ago on Facebook gives Wall Street what it wants with mobile. Doesn’t make Facebook ads any less crappy
@mcarney @neoganda Also, conferences and merch for certain chans like Geek & Sundry might generate modest revenue. I hope YT figures this out cuz the content is pretty great and the rumor is the funding isn't supporting new channels.
10 months, 1 week ago on An inside look at the first major acquisition of a premium YouTube channel
It was the purple leggings.
10 months, 1 week ago on Not-so-humblebrag: PandoDaily gets two Emmy nominations
@rob4 @elicolner I never sought an education for its entertainment factor... that said, being exposed to world class scientists and their ideas in person is life changing, in and especially out of the classroom. If we frame the debate purely on the presentation we'll be ignoring a huge benefit of going to a 4 year university - access to the best facilities and mentorship available. It is a scarcity because it's truly rare, not because of some marketing scheme. Broadcasting lectures is not analogous to the opportunity that the current system provides students because there aren't enough PhDs to mentor everybody.
10 months, 1 week ago on Why online education is mostly a fantasy
@TimMensch @ForrestHiggs The K-12 system is partly free babysitting services for underage people in this country. How would you replace the supervision element of the current system with an online course system? Would parents take their kids to work with them every day or something?
@rob4 A lecturer in front of the class room is more engaging - hands down.
In my startup managers are not allowed.
The management system is really whack, because rather than be 100% committed to the product and the business vision, as we are, managers are really around to control cost. I swear there must be a meeting in the basement of every big dumb company where all the managers hang out figuring out creative ways to limit people's careers so that they can hit their budgets.
I was once promoted by a previous manager, that will go un-named, that told me that I was the best eng 2 in the company while he was handing me the eng 2 title. Which basically means, I was a senior engineer getting paid as a junior engineer the day prior and getting paid as a mid level eng until the day I quit regardless of my actual performance and the value I was generating for the company. So disappointing.
10 months, 1 week ago on Invest in people, not resources
I totally agree. Higher learning can be a lot of things, including painful. When you're forcing yourself to master topics just to try to keep up with your peers, that is often *more* rewarding than just learning the material and taking the test. It's about finding what you thought your limits were and then blowing past them. I can't imagine doing that type of high octane, high order work all alone sitting at the computer. Call me old fashion, but it just doesn't feel right.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Why online education is mostly a fantasy
Good stuff. Thanks for sharing your story Gour.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Boom, crash… what? A dotcom train wreck finds a remarkable second coming
@nathanielmott @elicolner I see Path as a very stubborn company in their approach to the product that they put out... and it's paying off huge right now.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Apple continues to “think different” — it’s just that “different” is, well, different
This article is timed nicely with Path's coverage over at wsj, me thinks.