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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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Happy Hanukkah to everyone who celebrates.

 

Find the perfect podcast for you and your love ones. This is really cool. https://pod.cards/?691oXZ

 

Net neutrality isn't a technical issue. It's all about freedom of speech. Here's why you need to care. https://words.werd.io/heres-why-net-neutrality-is-a-freedom-of-speech-issue-eabf99179076

 

1 in 4 people in Silicon Valley is at risk of hunger. This is our responsibility to fix. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/12/the-silicon-valley-paradox-one-in-four-people-are-at...

 

This is so good. I agree 1000% with what Sue Gardner is arguing for here. https://www.knightfoundation.org/public-media-white-paper-2017-gardner

 

I tried to write the first version of a personal mission statement this morning before work. It's hard. Feedback is a gift! https://werd.io/pages/mission

 

Keith Chegwin, a British TV entertainer, sadly died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis today. Awareness is important, but coverage of the disease is mixed. This is actually one of the better ones. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/showbiz-tv/keith-chegwin-dies-idiopathic-pulmonary-14023395

 
 
 

A fascinating portrait of a terrifying President. Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

 

This is a weird sort of Christmas card, I guess. https://medium.com/@benwerd/an-atheist-kid-at-christmas-b5951351f3ef

 
 

Listening to KRCB North Bay because my sister is going to show up and sing on it tonight. http://radio.krcb.org/programs/north-bay-songwriters

 
 

Sometimes, just sometimes, I want to set this industry on fire, make a Ben-shaped hole in the wall, and go running for the hills. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-07/silicon-valley-is-sneaking-models-into-this-year-...

 

The flow of data is subject to trade rules - and therefore, NAFTA negotiations. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trumps-trade-deficit-obsession-could-hurt-leading-am...

 
 
 
 
 

Another excellent episode of the Daily, interviewing that bigoted cake shop owner, and the same-sex couple he turned down. https://play.radiopublic.com/the-daily-GMB3yp/ep/s1!401740dd4524a43fc06a77c57c1125a861e7a460

 
 

“Here, you shed your clothes and your inhibition, and there’s a rawness.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/technology/silicon-valley-esalen-institute.html

 
 
 

While the Republicans deservedly implode, and while we fight this atrocity of a tax bill, the Democrats are readying a candidate who will win 2020 by winning back disillusioned working class people in economically unstable swing states, right?

... Right ...?

 

I sincerely wish I could kill the part of my brain that tells me I'll never be good enough and reminds me all the reasons why. I think it's always going to be whispering at me somewhere in the background; the trick is to keep it there.

 

Interested in getting into investing? Want to help create a more progressive society? New Media Ventures is hiring: http://www.newmediaventures.org/were-hiring-2/

 
 

I so badly want this to exist. Join me? http://mailchi.mp/8e698d483056/were-halfway-there?e=5111f5c455