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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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Flying to PDX tonight for IndieWeb Summit 2017. Looking forward to meeting folks and discussing an independent web. https://2017.indieweb.org/

 

I suspect I think more than most people about end of life planning. Life Folder is making it easier: https://life-folder.com/

 

Journalists work long hours and have a poor work / life balance. All jobs should let people have lives. http://www.poynter.org/2017/is-the-news-business-unfair-to-journalists-with-children-poynters-readers-respond/464239/

 

New Media Ventures has become such an important force for good. Delighted to have met many of these startups. http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/20/technology/startups/new-media-ventures-funding-progressive-startups/index.html

 

If you need technical leadership mentoring, Jean Hsu has you covered. http://jeanhsu.com

 
 

Ferdinand the Bull is a pacifist classic that was praised by Gandhi and banned by both Franco and Hitler. It was one of my favorites as a child, will be one of the first books I read to my hypothetical children, and it deserves a much, much, much better movie than this looks like it will be. https://youtu.be/HBXVM7oUPVk

 

Such a smart analysis of the Amazon / Whole Foods deal. https://stratechery.com/2017/amazons-new-customer/

 

"Imagine my horror at discovering that the United States is more calcified by class than Britain." So much yes: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/opinion/sunday/stop-pretending-youre-not-rich.html

 

I found this interview with the founder of Five Guys to be really touching. Nice Father's Day listening. https://play.radiopublic.com/1c5d5431-de6f-40e1-be9e-335fc675f1b7/ep/s1!fd7131e9b24685d84d09aabbae8a73f08283932e