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Humanist technologist. Equality and adventures.

I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium, and now invest in innovative media startups to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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"Without Facebook, we wouldn't have won." Deeply insightful short clip on how Trump's digital campaign was run. https://twitter.com/JamieJBartlett/status/896794978072092672

The Texas Startup Manifesto. I love this - but a much higher concentration of sophisticated investors are required. https://austinstartups.com/the-texas-startup-manifesto-42f06f2a7075

I'm really loving my friends' web show, filled with independent music recorded in their studio in Portland. https://youtu.be/O50Lzqq5CNU

This isn't about Google. A quick glance at Blind shows this is in the woodwork everywhere in Silicon Valley. https://motherboard.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/kzbm4a/employees-anti-diversity-manifesto-goes-intern...

"Companies that limit decision making authority strictly do so at their peril  & they drive away their best talent." https://m.signalvnoise.com/i-do-whatever-i-want-at-work-and-i-havent-been-fired-yet-7aae85aa3586

"My job as an investor is to actively partner with and serve founders." Yes. https://medium.com/@schlaf/venture-investments-are-not-bets-83d5ae84fb8e