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I've always found the amount of "noise" that I consume to be troubling.
Whether that be news or feed updates or whatever. I would love to cut
all of it out of my life, but still consume thoughtful, deeper writings.
Unfortunately, I've found that to be challenging. Not just on a
personal level (TL:DR), but also from a what to read level. I'm a
subscriber of the Economist, which is an awesome publication.
Unfortunately, I haven't found anything that gives me that same sort of
depth and curation in the technology space. Anyway, for what it's worth,
your article (and the op-ed by Rolf Dobelli) spoke to me.
2 months ago on If news makes us sick, Twitter must be a cancer
Well done. I like the Conflict Tower idea. Clever, useful and financially profitable to boot. Oh yeah, great article as well.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Porous Paywalls Are Not The Answer To Anything. Cartoon Towers, On The Other Hand…
It would be great if you could do a follow-up (or a few) to this post. Share your thoughts with us as you consider other cities around the country.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Screw you, California — I ate foie gras last night. At a restaurant
Thanks Scott, very well said. Unfortunately, I think that the epidemic of "short-termism" in the startup ecosystem specifically and our culture generally is one of the core problems that we are facing. You just don't tackle hard, important and big ideas when the act of "pivoting" has become so embedded in and accepted by our ecosystem. It feels like entrepreneurs are addicted to searching for the next breakout idea and if traction doesn't happen quick enough (often after only a few months), they just throw a few more darts at something else, hoping for different results. Hard problems take time and often more time than most people (and investors) are willing to commit. I do hope that changes, but unfortunately I'm not all that encouraged.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Let’s focus on the really hard stuff in 2013
Really? What you believe is irrelevant. I don't think so.
Of course I understand (and agree with) most of what you're saying - people love self delusion in all aspects of life - it's just easier. And that is nonsense wherever you find it.
But what you believe and your ability to actually do (execute) great things is very much connected. It's really hard to have one without the other.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on What you believe is irrelevant
Even in places like Nashville, you can feel that something's just not quite right. I have a feeling that we'll all look back at some of this (accelerator craze, app-everything, etc.) and wonder why the story ended so badly for so many.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Amid the Valley’s raging case of wantrapreneur fever, Elon Musk pulls off an impressive trifecta
Just to be a little controversial here, but I think that apps are the new widgets. You're going to see a lot of app companies with massive reach, but little or no path to revenue. That's fine if you're lucky enough to be acquired by Google (or now Facebook), but not so fine if you're a richly-funded startup with impatient investors. That's not to say that startups can't create a great business using apps, but at the end of the day, massive distribution does not a company create - at least not usually.
1 year ago on Why the Smartest People in the Valley Were All Dead Wrong about Widgets
I couldn't agree more. Thanks for your refreshing, well thought out point of view.
1 year, 1 month ago on Fred Wilson Is Wrong About The Problem With Venture Capital
As someone who is sick and tired of all of the shallow, free noise masquerading as journalism online - I'm excited to see how NSFW works out for you.
1 year, 1 month ago on How NSFW Corp Dodged the Newsstand Bullet and Lucked Into HTML5
Sarah & team... keep it coming . This sort of content (online & offline) is invaluable. I'm so tired of all of the noise and distraction out there, but an interview like this is the real deal.
1 year, 1 month ago on PandoMonthly with Peter Thiel Recap: Startups, Competition, Capitalism, Bubbles