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  • An alternative path to self-acceptance

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    Penelope Trunk
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get Botox. If anyone is surprised, I’ll be surprised. The path to self-acceptance is paved with injectables. Step 1: Try to change yourself. I was going to write a big post about how I’m confessing to getting Botox and then I thought better of it, that it would make me look too old. Then I thought maybe it’ll make me look rich. Because honestly, Botox is really expensive and it’s not just Botox but also fillers. I don’t even know what the brand is. I just go to the dermatologist and say…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Signal vs. Noise
    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

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    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • Five Corporate Giants

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt Mullenweg
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    As the engineer and writer Alex Payne put it, these startups represent “the field offices of a large distributed workforce assembled by venture capitalists and their associate institutions,” doing low-overhead, low-risk R&D for five corporate giants. In such a system, the real disillusionment isn’t the discovery that you’re unlikely to become a billionaire; it’s the realization that your feeling of autonomy is a fantasy, and that the vast majority of you have been set up to fail by design. From Wired’s One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush.
  • Data Everywhere: Lessons from Big Data in the Television Industry (Webinar)

    Altimeter Group
    Altimeter Group
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In this one-hour webinar, analyst Susan Etlinger explores the phenomenon of “TV Everywhere” and shares findings from her recent report, Data Everywhere.
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  • An alternative path to self-acceptance

    Penelope Trunk
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get Botox. If anyone is surprised, I’ll be surprised. The path to self-acceptance is paved with injectables. Step 1: Try to change yourself. I was going to write a big post about how I’m confessing to getting Botox and then I thought better of it, that it would make me look too old. Then I thought maybe it’ll make me look rich. Because honestly, Botox is really expensive and it’s not just Botox but also fillers. I don’t even know what the brand is. I just go to the dermatologist and say…
  • Leaving your options open sets you back

    Penelope Trunk
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    When I was trying to get on the national volleyball tour, that was the only thing I was focused on. So eventually, I played professional beach volleyball. When I was trying to get my memoir published, I was focused on that more than anything else, and eventually, University of Colorado Press came through. And when I was running my last startup, I was always focused on funding. That’s why my company never failed. But now I have a new company that is well funded. And I have a blog that allows me to feel like a published writer every time I hit the publish button. I have reached so many of…
  • How to choose between two jobs

    Penelope Trunk
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    About a month ago I got a stack of catalogues from Restoration Hardware in the mail. My first thought was that I had purchased so much at Restoration Hardware in the past year that I am now one of their top customers. I thought about my friend Maria, who teaches people how to choose a color for anything in their home. She can make you feel like a genius and I’m pretty sure that means everything she buys from Restoration Hardware tax deductable. Before I was her friend and could call her all the time to ask about every little color question in my life (should my dark brown leather sofa be…
  • #1 Rule for giving advice to women

    Penelope Trunk
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Black people should not wear hoodies. That’s one way to deal with the problem of people shooting black people. Maybe not the best. Who even knows. I have a friend who is white, married to a black guy and they have two sons, who, as you can guess, count as black in this country. Even she has no idea how to teach black boys to avoid getting shot. This makes sense. But I am mystified when I see that the Global Summit for Women this year was all men. That’s the picture, up there. TechCrunch, gospel of the tech sector, knows they have to put women in charge of telling women to have big…
  • Test yourself: Are you preachy, arrogant, and annoying?

    Penelope Trunk
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The secret to the success of this blog is that instead of showing you how perfect my life is, I show myself drinking in the morning, before work. My husband is always worrying that I make us look bad, so he makes up rules like how I can’t write about our sex life, and then I violate the rules while pretending to follow them. Like, I write about our not-having-sex life.  For example, it’s asparagus season so there is no oral sex because asparagus doesn’t change the smell of just your pee. The truth is that you guys don’t want to read anyone who thinks she knows…
 
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  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
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  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    First, let me say what you read here is going to be wrong in several ways.  HFT covers such a wide path of trading that different parties participate or are impacted in different ways. I wanted to put this out there as a starting point . Hopefully the comments will help further educate us all 1.  Electronic trading is part of HFT, but not all electronic trading is high frequency trading. Trading equities and other financial instruments has been around for a long time.  it is Electronic Trading that has lead to far smaller spreads and lower actual trading costs from your broker.  Very…
  • High Frequency Trading, and Proof that the SEC Approach to Insider Trading is Completely Wrong

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Got to love Mary Jo White, the Chairwoman of the SEC.  While Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys was getting all the headlines and was the topic of some of the best television  on CNBC, ever, Ms White used the firestorm to ask for more money for the SEC. Shocking ? The only shock would be if she didn’t use any occasion the SEC was in the public eye to ask for more money. It is unfortunate because there is no greater waste of money than what the SEC spends trying to enforce  insider trading laws. Let me give you some examples of just how poorly the SEC manages our tax dollars when…
  • The Back to the Future Arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry. In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project.  But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more.  Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait. Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and…
  • My 2 cents on Sports Marketing and what I learned from SMU Basketball this week

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
 
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  • Five Corporate Giants

    Matt Mullenweg
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    As the engineer and writer Alex Payne put it, these startups represent “the field offices of a large distributed workforce assembled by venture capitalists and their associate institutions,” doing low-overhead, low-risk R&D for five corporate giants. In such a system, the real disillusionment isn’t the discovery that you’re unlikely to become a billionaire; it’s the realization that your feeling of autonomy is a fantasy, and that the vast majority of you have been set up to fail by design. From Wired’s One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush.
  • WPgo + Postbot

    Matt Mullenweg
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    wpgo.go is a command-line tool to interact with WordPress blogs, written in Google’s Go language. It’s cool to see this new generation of apps built on WP.com + Jetpack’s new APIs, like Postbot.
  • Best Hotel Wifi

    Matt Mullenweg
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Sometimes you have an idea, and the universe delivers. Hotel WiFi Speed Test let’s you speed test and search hotels by their internet speed, something I was wishing existed just last week. Since I work primarily on the road, I would pick fast internet over pretty much any other amenity a hotel could possibly offer. Speedspot also offers similar info. It’s funny how sometimes the less expensive hotels often have much better internet — I think this is because they try to do less with captive proxies and such.
  • 24 Quotes From YWP

    Matt Mullenweg
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    24 Quotes On The Future Of Business And Work, From ‘The Year Without Pants’.
  • Blinkist Book Summaries

    Matt Mullenweg
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’ve been enjoying a new-to-me app called Blinkist, which is basically summaries of interesting non-fiction books. The summaries are really well-written, and I enjoy reading them as refreshers even when I’ve read an entire book already. Many business or non-fiction books I read would have been better as an article, and you can tell when a publisher has encouraged an author to pad the book a bit so they can sell it for more, and the Blinkist version often satisfies my curiosity there. And finally there’s some I read that just whet my appetite for more, and I end up ordering…
 
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  • Congrats Tubemogul ….Citibank Blows (Bank of America Too) …and Why Do We Need Banks for IPO’s in 2014

    Howard Lindzon
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Update – It was actually Bank of America that led the syndicate so I made changes below. As usual, making no friends with this personal inside baseball account of things…the banks are quick to point out that Tubemogul is in ad tech and ad tech is a hated industry…blah blah blah. I guess we will know more in time. Of course Tubemogul could have walked away from the IPO, but let’s be honest, the momentum of the deal was too far underway…I assume the bankers used this ploy against Tubemogul but have NO proof of it. I had the priviledge of attending the opening bell…
  • Zillow is Hungry and Just Ate Trulia… & The Future of Financial Tech : Podcast 3

    Howard Lindzon
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Confident as ever that a next huge wave of the boom is FinTech. Great energy as young people leave banks and hedge funds and build product — howardlindzon (@howardlindzon) July 23, 2014 I had yet another mobile moment last week that made me realize how UNDER appreciated this ‘mobile’ boom has been. I walked into the Coffee Bean in Midtown Manhattan and saw Tim Armstrong. Tim is the CEO of AOL. I had met him briefly once. I decided to walk right up and say hello and re-introduce myself. Of course, I brought up Stocktwits and he asked how things were going …so I told…
  • Podcast: “Yellen from the Rooftops”

    Howard Lindzon
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Image courtesy of The Fly An extreme sugar high and a delayed fight means you get an extra, high-energy podcast from me this week. Grandma Yellen, who probably couldn’t even define social media, really got me going on Tuesday with her silly statements about social media and biotech companies having “substantially stretched” valuations. Specifically, in her latest Monetary Policy Report she wrote this: Valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched—particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable…
  • Momentum Monday: Chips and Dip

    Howard Lindzon
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    So I’m podcasting. Officially and, hopefully, regularly. Specifically, I’m reviving “Momentum Monday,” the show where I talk about making money. You can expect stock talk, tech talk, and, let’s be honest, any other talk I want. In this episode, I’m joined by JC Parets, Mr. All Star Charts, and tech reporter Jennifer Van Grove. We get into long volatility, “chips and dip” stocks, the Yahoo and AOL merger rumors, and LinkedIn’s purchase of Newsle. I’m not a big LinkedIn guy but I love Newsle. I’ve been using it for years. Love…
  • StockTwits and DraftKings team for British Open challenge

    Howard Lindzon
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    DraftKings and StockTwits are teaming up. You thought stock picking was hard, but picking winners in golf has been even more difficult lately. Martin Kaymer? He’s the CYNK of the golf world. Well StockTwits is never one to back down from a challenge so join the crowd in picking a British Open winner. You can join right now. The contest is open to 50 people and it officially starts on Thursday. We are hoping to fill it with StockTwits members, traders, and investors. It costs $20 to join and there are prizes to win. Here is the official breakdown: 1st place wins $500 2nd place wins $250…
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  • The 30-Day Challenge: No Booze, No Masturbating (NOBNOM)

    Tim Ferriss
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Both of these things are very distracting. (Photo: Shawn Perez) The short version: I’d like to pay you to not drink or jerk off for 30 days. Sign up here and get your monk on. Sex is A-OK. The longer version is below, which includes juicy details, more options for women, and some farewell-porn suggestions… You know who you are, you filthy animals. Secret bookmarks to Pornhub (“Discount airfare” – Ha!), secret folders labeled “Tax Returns” for when wifi fails, bookmarks for animated GIFs in case of slow connections (curtsy to Tumblr), Hotspot Shield…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 20: Dan Carlin – Hardcore History, Building Podcasts, Creativity, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    The inimitable Dan Carlin. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list. Now, on to our guest… Dan Carlin is the host of my favorite podcast, Hardcore History. But… what?! History?! I know. I thought the same thing. How could a history podcast have a cult following? And yet it did. During research for launching The Tim Ferriss Show, I asked many of the top dogs on the iTunes charts: what is your favorite…
  • How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week (Includes Successful Templates, Code, Everything You Need)

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This story is about the launch of Harry’s, a new men’s grooming brand. Specifically, it will explain how they gathered nearly 100,000 email addresses in one week (!).  This post includes all the email templates, open-source code, and insider tricks that you can use to replicate their success.  It’s similar in depth to my previous how-to post, Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days. This post is of great personal interest to me, as I’ll be doing a ton of fun stuff with email soon.  For a sneak peek, click here.  Now, on to Harry’s……
  • How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

    Gabriel Wyner
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s spent the last two years refining his methods and putting them on steroids. Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired, was the one who told me, “You have to check this guy out. His new book is amazing.” Keep in mind that I’d previously told Kevin that I thought…
  • Two E-Mail Autoresponses That Work

    Tim Ferriss
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    E-mail is the single largest interruption in modern life. In a digital world, creating time hinges on minimizing it. The first step towards controlling the e-mail impulse is setting up an autoresponse, which indicates you will be checking e-mail twice per day or less. This is an example of “batching” tasks, or performing like tasks at set times, between which you let them accumulate. In this post, I will share two of my own tried-and-true e-mail autoresponses, one short and one long. Your success with batching — whether laundry, phone calls, or e-mail — will depend on…
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  • This is ours

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
 
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  • The Dentist Office Software Story

    Fred Wilson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    I’ve been telling this fictional story about Dentist Office Software for years to describe why we are so focused on our “networks” investment strategy. Yesterday I told it at a HackNY event we did at the USV office and my partner Albert provided a finishing touch that really drives it home. Since I’ve never told the Dentist Office Software story here at AVC, I will do that and then I will add Albert’s alternate (and better) ending. ————- An entrepreneur, tired of the long waits he is experiencing in his dentist’s office, decides that…
  • The Micro And Macro Of Mobile

    Fred Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Here’s a great podcast featuring my favorite analyst Benedict Evans, talking about macro and micro stuff in mobile.
  • On Getting An Outside Lead

    Fred Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    There are some “truths” in the venture capital business that I have been hearing since I got into this game in the mid 80s. One of them is that getting “third party validation” by going outside of the current investor syndicate to find a new lead is good for the investors. I have come to believe this “wisdom” is nothing more than lack of conviction on the investor’s part. What “super powers” do VCs have that allow them produce above average returns year after year after year? Well you could argue that some of us have the ability to see…
  • Freemium In Education

    Fred Wilson
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    We’ve been investing in the education sector for a few years now. We started our exploration of online education in early 2009 with an event called Hacking Education. The takeaways from that event have informed a lot of what we’ve invested in since then. One of the key takeaways was that learning could and should become free. Our friend Bing Gordon said this at Hacking Education: From an economic point of view, I would say the goal… is to figure out how to get education down to a marginal cost of zero.  We have invested with Bing in online education. Bing and his partners…
  • Video Of The Week: New Tools For Filmmakers

    Fred Wilson
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Here’s a talk that my partner Andy did with our friend Jason Hirschorn last year about the changing landscape of filmmaking. It’s about 45mins long
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  • Four short links: 30 July 2014

    Nat Torkington
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Offline First is the New Mobile First — Luke Wroblewski’s notes from John Allsopp’s talk about “Breaking Development” in Nashville. Offline technologies don’t just give us sites that work offline, they improve performance, and security by minimizing the need for cookies, http, and file uploads. It also opens up new possibilities for better user experiences. Winograd Schemas as Alternative to Turing Test (IEEE) — specially constructed sentences that are surface ambiguous and require deeper knowledge of the world to disambiguate, e.g. “Jim…
  • Four short links: 29 July 2014

    Nat Torkington
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Online Community Detection for Large Complex Networks (PLosONE) — readable recount of earlier algorithms and inventions in the area, as well as a new algorithm with linear time complexity for large complex networks. sel4 — open source OS kernel (GPLv2, most userland is BSD) with end-to-end proof of implementation correctness and security enforcement. (For a discussion of what’s verified, see this blog post) mapgraph.io — Massively Parallel Graph processing on GPUs. (via Leo Meyerovich) tracking.js — browser framework and algorithms for computer vision algorithms…
  • Four short links: 28 July 2014

    Nat Torkington
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file with instructions that can be shared with friends, family members, and fellow activists. Angular.js Style Guide — my opinionated styleguide for syntax, building and structuring Angular applications. How Recursion Got into Programming — Committee member F.L. Bauer registered his protest by characterizing the addition of recursion to the…
  • Graph tools forge path to new solutions

    Andy Oram
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Graph databases haven’t made the news much because, I think, they don’t fit in convenient categories. They certainly aren’t the relational databases we’re all familiar with, nor are they the arbitrary keys and values provided by many NoSQL stores. But in a highly connected world–where it’s not what you know but whom you know–it makes intuitive sense to arrange our knowledge as nodes and edges. Ted Nelson, inventor of the hyperlink, recognized the power of viewing life in graphs. After the implosion of his historic Xanadu project, he embarked on a…
  • Four short links: 25 July 2014

    Nat Torkington
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    What is Public? (Anil Dash) — the most cogent and articulate (and least hyperventilated dramaware) rundown of just what the problem is, that you’re ever likely to find. talon — mailgun’s open sourced library for parsing email signatures. Signals from OSCON — some highlights. Watching Andrew Sorensen livecode synth playing (YouTube clip) is pretty wild. Two Cultures of Robocars (Brad Templeton) — The conservative view sees this technology as a set of wheels that has a computer. The aggressive school sees this as a computer that has a set of wheels.
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  • Pronto.ly’s Contactless Ultrasound Transfer Tech Aims To Best NFC

    Natasha Lomas
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
     Microphone: check. Speaker: check… Israeli startup Pronto.ly is working on a universal alternative to NFC that relies on high pitched soundwaves to perform a contactless handshake. Read More
  • Solving Optimal Health For Google[x] In North Carolina

    Sarah Buhr
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
     Cannon Mills was a textile company that stood on the edge of the blue collar town of Kannapolis, North Carolina for over 100 years. The company employed more than 16,000 town residents at its height, but in 2003 Cannon Mills was forced to shut its doors forever, laying off about a tenth of the town’s entire population, all in one day. What was once a tragedy for Kannapolis might just… Read More
  • Incubated: How The 500 Startups Accelerator Helps Startups Get Noticed

    Ryan Lawler
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
     It’s only been around a short three years, but the 500 Startups Accelerator has already cemented its spot as one of the top programs for founders who are looking to improve their products and reach new users. On this episode of incubated, we take a closer look at how it does that. Read More
  • PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin To Speak At Disrupt SF 2014 About His Latest Startup, Affirm

    Matthew Panzarino
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
     We’re happy to announce that PayPal co-founder, Yahoo board member and self-proclaimed crypto-nerd Max Levchin will be returning to the Disrupt stage in September. Last year, Levchin spoke with TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis about the NSA, lessons he learned from PayPal and his fertility app, Glow, which now is doing rather well. But Levchin just can’t sit still and… Read More
  • Y Combinator-Backed Kash Lets Retailers Offer Starbucks-Like Mobile Payments While Cutting Out Credit Cards

    Kyle Russell
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
     If you’ve been to a Starbucks in the past year or so, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve seen someone in line pay with their smartphone by opening the Starbucks app and holding a bar code up to a scanner. Kash is hoping to bring the same experience to other retailers and small businesses while cutting out one of their biggest costs: credit card fees. Read More
 
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  • 30 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Tim Carmody: The last of the great Twitter apps.
  • An idea for United Airlines

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I just got a link from United asking for my feedback on a recent flight. It so happens I have feedback. But first I had to answer questions I was unwilling to answer. So I decided just to post a note here. If they see it great, if not, no problem. The idea is about their wifi service. I basically always want to use wifi. The process of signing up for it was unbelievably tedious, and when I finally did get through, the service was unusably slow. It was only $3. I watched a movie instead. On the way back, I started the signup again, maybe the slowness on the wifi on the way out was a fluke. It…
  • Example app for online nest

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Here's an example of an application of the idea of a personal nest. "Little Pork Chop" allows you to create a paragraph-length tweet, which it breaks up into 140-character packets that Twitter can process. I'd like to add a feature that creates an archive of your writing. So maybe someday you'd be able to review them all and see the progression of your thinking. Or possibly make them public, so they can appear in other places (such as your blog, or Facebook, or some new aggregator that might show up). Where to store it? Today's Little Pork Chop is a free app. It costs me nothing to run it,…
  • 30 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Scripting News: Scott Adams is right.
  • 30 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Scripting News: People need an online nest they own.
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  • Why It’s Important to Get Girls Involved in Tech

    Craig Newmark
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Folks, I've been supporting an effort to get women and girls involved in tech for some time now, with support for orgs like Girls Who Code and Black Girls CODE. I've also done some work with Roya Mahboob and the Mumbai-based Feminist Access to Tech (via GFW). And, I've been working with The Women's Building in SF. Check out this map to see where we've teched across the globe… The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. To reach gender parity by 2020, women have gotta fill half of these…
  • Fighting Pigeons, and Other Home Office Visitors

    Craig Newmark
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hey, I get a lot of appreciated disturbances at my home office. Sometimes the visitors act as my alarm clock, and other times they're drooling. Here's a brief look from my window… Fighters, or …? Insects are delicious, or, Woodpecker waking Craig up at five am is hilarious. Steller's Jay locks in best target in the Squirrel-resistant Suet Palace. (note to self: refill the Palace) A Robin, bath interrupted, and indignant. Craig's wake up call is sometimes provided by two raccoons, here's one of 'em. Others have discovered a new way to wake up Craig: a…
  • Why I speak ONLY for myself

    Craig Newmark
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Hey, recently I've made a point of reminding people that I haven't been a spokesman for craigslist, or had any role in management since 2000. My deal is that, as a manager, I kinda suck, but I found my calling in customer service, and every day I saw how we helped people put food on the table and put a roof over that table. Customer service is a big part of what inspires me; also consider that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."(Martin Luther King Jr.) For a few years now (time flies!) I've been working on public service and…
  • Respect for the Federal worker

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The NextGen Public Service Awards will be awarded soon, and I was asked to do a little video thanking people for their service. Here's the video, couple minutes, maybe indulge me by taking a look: The gist is the Fed workers don't get no respect, and that's way unfair. In the video I extend my respect, and suggest that Feds can get the respect they've already earned by posting good news regarding their work in social media. Then, they can ask friends, including me, to further Share and retweet those posts.  (I'm already doing so for multiple agencies.) Please bring…
  • The Road to Hell's Paved With Good Intentions

    Craig Newmark
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hey, recently I wrote a blog post outlining some of my philosophies, and mentioned that there was more to come. I figure I should follow through. On Time Management and Effectiveness -  When I think about effective orgs, I ask, do they have the ability to actually get things done? Because that's not true of a lot of nonprofits or other well intentioned people or groups. A lot have good intentions, but there's a saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It's important to mean well, but also have the ability to get stuff done. Cole Valley update, by the…
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