"I think all companies, particularly ones that are founder lead, are manifestations of personality."
Founders and investors outside of Silicon Valley, NYC or any other major startup hub have little idea what they’re up against. If you ever get the opportunity to sneak into the demo day of the 500 Startups, YC or Techstars demo day — do it. What you’ll find is a relentless focus on traction and a search for investors that already understand the market. Outside the startup hubs, you’ll find startups that spend far too much time focused on the idea with little to no understanding of their competitors that may be further along.
Given the transparency that’s available today, I find that surprising. For example: just looking at the categories on AngelList, a founder or investor should sort their competitors by the amount already raised and then compare against their own opportunity. How do we systematically expose more founders and investors from “everywhere else” to the reality that they’re up against?"
"I don’t even know why I would want to be on a label in a few years, because I don’t think it’s going to work by labels and by distribution systems in the same way. The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing. Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen."
"The Conservatives have removed a decade of speeches from their website and from the main internet library – including one in which David Cameron claimed that being able to search the web would democratise politics by making “more information available to more people”."
"Example: TPP provides for a big increase in the kinds of things that can be patented in ways that could harm the pace of innovation, consumers, and smaller companies. Newly patentable things would include plants, animals, biological processes, video game rules, methods of mental processes, software itself, artwork, books, and more."
The effects on real estate value alone could be devastating, Mr. Strauss said. His research shows that there is about $156 billion worth of property, and 300,000 homes, on 2,120 square miles of land that is less than three feet above the high tide line in Florida.
At that same level, Mr. Strauss said, Florida has 2,555 miles of road, 35 public schools, one power plant and 966 sites listed by the Environmental Protection Agency, such as hazardous waste dumps and sewage plants.
The amount of real estate value, and the number of properties potentially affected, rises incrementally with each inch of sea-level rise, he said.
Professor Wanless insists that no amount of engineering proposals will stop the onslaught of the seas. “At two to three feet, we start to lose everything,” he said."
1963 “Asteroid” Corvette
Whot. This is beautiful.