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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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Media companies should own their websites + audience relationships. , I want to see your applications. https://matter.vc/apply

 

Tear down the new institutions. They're just like the old ones. https://words.werd.io/tear-down-the-new-institutions-91516b868a2c

 

This is the 21st century protest music we need. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ff6CjYBhoI

 

Unfortunately, Las Vegas wasn’t the worst mass shooting in US history. https://www.theroot.com/this-is-only-the-deadliest-shooting-in-u-s-history-bec-1819112938?utm_source...

 

"New content forms are also new opportunities to try new business models, free from user expectations." https://medium.com/matter-driven-narrative/new-realities-are-new-opportunities-97e2ed4ee223

 

The entire internet depends on open source software, but we have to do better. https://words.werd.io/why-open-source-software-isnt-as-ethical-as-you-think-it-is-2e34d85c3b16

 

Why do people leave tech? This is an important report. We need new kinds of companies with safer cultures. http://www.kaporcenter.org/tech-leavers/

 

What does psychological safety in a team or working environment mean to you? How do you think it intersects with inclusion?

 

If they're capturing social media handles on popular, large sites, there seems like an obvious workaround. https://gizmodo.com/us-homeland-security-will-start-collecting-social-media-1818777094

 

The tide is turning. Keybase is an exciting startup - I'm glad it's getting recognition. http://observer.com/2017/09/keybase-max-krohn-chris-coyne-okcupid/

 

Some thoughts on finding a technical cofounder (or evaluating a non-technical one). https://words.werd.io/searching-for-a-technical-cofounder-7ffd401c04b4

 

TBH is kind of a sweet idea: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/22/tbh-app/

 

Decentralization communities were completely right about the danger of centralized services as the place where we get and share information.

 
 

"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

 
 

"Nice people made the best Nazis." Now is not the time to remain silent. http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2016/11/17/the-post-election-case-for-speaking-out-naomi-shulman

 
 

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