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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.


Some thoughts on finding a technical cofounder (or evaluating a non-technical one).


TBH is kind of a sweet idea:


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.


The Texas Startup Manifesto. I love this - but a much higher concentration of sophisticated investors are required.


"Nice people made the best Nazis." Now is not the time to remain silent.


I'm really loving my friends' web show, filled with independent music recorded in their studio in Portland.


This isn't about Google. A quick glance at Blind shows this is in the woodwork everywhere in Silicon Valley.


"Companies that limit decision making authority strictly do so at their peril  & they drive away their best talent."


"My job as an investor is to actively partner with and serve founders." Yes.


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.


Have a Roomba? It's been mapping your home and it's going to be selling that data. In other news, fuck everything.


We're "steeped in a culture telling us to think of ourselves as self-reliant instead of interdependent." It's a con:


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).


This simply isn't how life should be. A sad story, and a warning.


The more we think of the human body as an ecosystem, the more we may be able to cure.


If the US wanted to be more like the Netherlands, that would be okay with me, too.


Actual healthcare outcomes put the UK 10th - still above the US, where healthcare is a brutal, market-based system.


A reasonable theory. Now, if we can convince the American public to be less obsessed with war and the military ...


I just set myself a new challenge.


The proof just gets stronger and stronger. Although, always remember: a bunch of people really voted for this joker.