Happy 4th of July: Think Independently!

Every 4th of July I like to reflect on what it means to be independent. Today I wrote nearly an entire post on production independence, starting with energy independence. But I have decided to post that another day because there is a different type of independence that I have decided is more important at this particular moment in time: independent thinking.

It has never been easy to be an independent thinker but it has become considerably more difficult in our always online, always connected world. There are several reasons for this. First, we are surrounded by suggestion algorithms that drive us ever deeper into clusters. One really has to make a strong conscious effort to follow people of different views, or one will not see those views as at all. I have long argued for what I called the “Opposing View Reader” and would happily use that if it were available as a product. In the meantime, I have added people to my Twitter feed who I strongly disagree with on almost everything.

Second, whatever we post ourselves is scrutinized and deviation from what the bulk of one’s followers think takes an extra level of conviction. So often people will stay silent on a topic rather than express their opinion for fear of having to deal with an online backlash. And of course when one does post something there are also the other type of comment (mostly from non-followers) that tries to for “guilt by association” through throwing (Read more...)

When Success Is Measured In Hate, We All Lose

One thing that right and left wing media personalities have in common: they are both desperate to be hated. Attracting the hate of their ideological opposites has become a sad metric for success. If you’re not pissing someone off, you’re not doing your job. The same mentality has entered into the world of business and entrepreneurship. This ideal of hate-seeking is toxic to our culture, but effective because we are falling for the trick over and over. But who really benefits by keeping us angry all the time?

Ransomware, Cyber-Savviness, and the Public-Private Security Connection

Nitin Natarajan is the deputy director of CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), and has extensive experience in the cybersecurity space, including overseeing critical infrastructure for the U.S. National Security Council and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In this discussion with a16z general partner Joel de la Garza (who was previously chief... Read More

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Ten years ago at the blog…


Happy 4th from 1909

"America's wealth gap -- in 1776"

The good people at Marketplace have a sharp Independence Day spin on a big ongoing story.
Jeffrey Williamson: In 1774, the top 1 percent of households got 9.3 percent of income. 
Compare that to America today, when the top 1 percent is bringing in about 20 percent of income. Nine percent, versus 20 percent. Wow. 
Williamson: Wow. 
Even when you include slaves, Williamson says America was actually the most egalitarian country in the world when it came to the difference between rich and poor. 
So what did the founding fathers have to say about that? I called up a guy who should know. 
Clay Jenkinson: Hello my dear citizens, this is Thomas Jefferson. 
Actually it's Clay Jenkinson, a historian and Jefferson impersonator. And he says the writer of the famous phrase -- "All men are created equal" -- thought a lot about income inequality. In a letter to a friend describng the 13 colonies, he wrote "The great mass of our population consists of laborers. The rich, being few and of moderate wealth..." 
Jenkinson (Quoting Jefferson): Can any condition of society be more desireable?
I realize that we shouldn't treat the writings of the Founding Fathers as sacred text but you know, they had their moments...

340. Billion $ Lessons from a Dozen Unicorns, Why Consumer VC is not Dead, How to Size a Marketplace, and What the LP Pullback means for VC Funds (Tripp Jones)

Tripp Jones of Uncork Capital joins Nate to discuss Billion $ Lessons from a Dozen Unicorns, Why Consumer VC is not Dead, How to Size a Marketplace, and What the LP Pullback means for VC Funds. In this episode we cover:

  • What Sets Apart a Unicorn Founding Team
  • The Problem Uber Poses in Labor Marketplaces and Entrepreneurship
  • Why Raising Funds May Be Difficult in the Coming Year
  • How Slowing Down Can Increase Efficiency

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My Life in Coronado and San Diego

This post is by Howard Lindzon from Howard Lindzon

Happy Sunday…

My summer has started off with a high intensity mix of work, fitness and food. I am really enjoying it.

We have owned a home in Coronado, San Diego since 2010. We moved here in 2009 post the financial crisis in 2008.

In 2018 we moved back to Phoenix as Max and Rachel attended University of Arizona and so we spend summers only here on Coronado.

As a creature of habit, I rarely do much exploring.

The last few summers I have broken that habit and am continually surprised by the quality of neighborhoods and food and cycling terrain San Diego has to offer.

This summer, everyone in Coronado and Imperial beach are talking about the sewage problem in the ocean coming by way of Tijuana. It is finally reaching the stage where local politicians and Washington have a semblance of a plan. I was introduced to our Coronado mayor recently and plan to get more involved in some local support this summer and beyond.

The city/town of Coronado is in a perpetual boom.

The Hotel Del has has spent hundreds of millions in growth and upgrades and because of the military, the island is always safe, clean and in upgrade mode.

The Coronado bridge is a beautiful piece of engineering/art that is a gateway to the city of San Diego. You can live on Coronado and avoid heading to San Diego for weeks on end, but I prefer to cross the bridge at least once per (Read more...)

The New AVC

This post is by Fred Wilson from AVC

AVC has been around for nineteen years and it has evolved over the years from a place I’d post multiple times a day to once a day to now once a week. There was a time when there was a vibrant comment community at AVC with many posts getting over a hundred comments and replies. That’s long gone and now it is just me posting here with some chatter occasionally on Twitter.

As anyone who has tried knows, posting every day is a mighty big commitment. I am relieved to have given that up, gradually, a few years ago.

What is left at AVC is a place where I can write when I have something to say that I want to say out loud. That last bit is important because there are many things I will say privately these days but not publicly. At this stage of my life, AVC is for conversations that are helpful, productive, and constructive. Everything else can happen elsewhere.

The entire catalog of AVC posts remains online and can be accessed in the archives. If anyone wants to see the progression, it is right there out in the open for anyone to see. The comments are there too for the posts that have them.

The AVC archives are a journey through the evolution of social media. From an experiment in the early 2000s, to a happening in the late 2000s, to mainstream in the early 2010s, to a mess in the late 2010s, to (Read more...)