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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

Finally deleted Swarm. Kind of done with deliberately leaving a footprint telling everyone where I am.

H2O is an open platform for sharing and remixing open course materials. https://h2o.law.harvard.edu/

Have a Roomba? It's been mapping your home and it's going to be selling that data. In other news, fuck everything. https://gizmodo.com/roombas-next-big-step-is-selling-maps-of-your-home-to-t-1797187829

We're "steeped in a culture telling us to think of ourselves as self-reliant instead of interdependent." It's a con: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2017/jul/17/neoliberalism-has-conned-us-into-figh...

The Big Sick is such a lovely movie. I laughed and cried. Romantic and hilarious. Worth catching in the theater if you haven't yet.

Greedily reading through these stories (and thinking about one of my own). https://seat14c.com/future_ideas

This simply isn't how life should be. A sad story, and a warning. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/business/lawyers-addiction-mental-health.html

The more we think of the human body as an ecosystem, the more we may be able to cure. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/opinion/sunday/alzheimers-cure-south-america.html?referer=http...

If the US wanted to be more like the Netherlands, that would be okay with me, too. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/07/us-worst-health-care-commonwealth-2017-report/533...

Actual healthcare outcomes put the UK 10th - still above the US, where healthcare is a brutal, market-based system. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/40608253

A reasonable theory. Now, if we can convince the American public to be less obsessed with war and the military ... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/alibaba-founder-jack-ma-has-a-brutal-theory-of-how-america...

I just set myself a new challenge. http://seat14c.com/

The proof just gets stronger and stronger. Although, always remember: a bunch of people really voted for this joker. https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/5a2a952f5690

Unacceptable in any context; regressive beyond belief and not up for debate. Everything in this article has to stop. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/technology/women-entrepreneurs-speak-out-sexual-harassment.htm...

I really like this. I've worked on remote teams for most of my career, and there are strong arguments for it. https://medium.com/@meganberry/the-complete-guide-to-working-on-a-remote-team-6bb11213e37c?source=li...

Facebook has 2bn users. Its content guidelines affect how much of the world learns - and black voices are silenced. https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-hate-speech-censorship-internal-documents-algorithms

It's time for media companies to help build the web. My first post for the International News Media Association: http://www.inma.org/blogs/media-leaders/post.cfm/why-media-companies-should-support-a-decentralised-...