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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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Counterintuitively, liberty needs structure to thrive. If a small group of people have resources and choose the rules, the rest aren’t free.

 

OMG, Signal for desktop is out for Mac, Linux, and Windows. This is huge. I use Signal all day. https://signal.org/blog/standalone-signal-desktop/

 

I want to see more augmented reality applications for . Which communities should I be speaking to? https://matter.vc/apply

 

The people who value you for you, not what you can do or because they squeeze you into a predefined idea, are the relationships to nurture.

 

And now for something completely different: I was interviewed about my plans for . https://medium.com/nanowrimo/nanowrimo-superhero-on-medium-ben-werdmuller-fa0a2ed8c024

 

I’m heartened by people like Joi Ito who are able to carefully evaluate technology in its societal context. A must read. https://pubpub.ito.com/pub/resisting-reduction

 

‪I haven’t seen any team applications yet. But there’s still time. ‬https://matter.vc/apply

 
 

Rediscovering this ten year old video made me laugh a lot this morning. https://youtu.be/SvmNDym6CvQ

 

I’m very pro public transport, and anti bullshit like Chariot. This is good news. Let’s invest for the good of all. http://sfist.com/2017/10/20/commission_orders_chariot_to_shut_d.php

 

If it turns out post-war liberal democracy was finally undone by the internet, we’re all going to feel a little bit foolish.

 

This is an amazing story. Be sure to read through to the very end. Online mattresses are a cutthroat business: https://www.fastcompany.com/3065928/sleepopolis-casper-bloggers-lawsuits-underside-of-the-mattress-w...

 

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