23 February 2017

The Fish Stinks from the Head

Can you not connect the dots?
"One group appeared immune to internal scrutiny, the current and former employees said. Members of the group, called the A-Team and composed of executives who were personally close to Mr. Kalanick, were shielded from much accountability over their actions." - NYTimes
"Yesterday afternoon, we began reaching out to women in the tech world to ask for their reactions to Fowler’s post and experience. What we got in response was women telling us their own stories of sexual harassment and sexism. We knew this runs rampant in tech, but we didn’t realize it’d be this easy to find it." - Observer.com
 Tech needs to be purged.

22 February 2017

fallout

"This was never, in fact, about free speech at all. It was about making it OK to say racist, sexist, transphobic, and xenophobic things, about tolerating the public expression of those views right up to the point where it becomes financially unwise to do so." 
Incredible piece by Laurie Penny providing insight into, and context around the hate-troll Milo. Very, very highly recommended read.


19 February 2017

Sometimes if it walks like a duck

I'm just gonna leave this here for all you Uber-apologists...

I look forward to your rationalizations and victim-blaming.


Update: Here is the list of those who have invested in Uber.

Another Update: For those saying "this time it's different, this time tech will fix this shit" - just go read the Hacker News comments. Tech is a cesspool that should be burned with fire.


09 February 2017

Oh so smart

This is addressed to everyone in the tech biz who talks about how smart they are, and about how the cream rises to the top in this "meritocracy."

Here's today's Smartest Man in the Room demonstrating just how fucking stupid many people in tech are.
"...commerce is a powerful, underestimated form of expression..."
I'd love to be able to say that Mr Lütke is being cynical and manipulative, but sadly I think he actually believes he's right. And that is the most depressing and frustrating thing ever.

To think I once thought the tech industry would change the world for the good.

06 February 2017

consolidation coming

This is a GREAT short piece by Fred Wilson.
Because backing startups on a field tilted in the favor of the incumbents is not fun and not particularly profitable either.
A piece of advice to all my friends invested in or working at start-ups in spaces like e-Sports... It's time to re-run your models. Distribution and delivery is about to change for all of you. You'll want to understand Carriage. And you might want to think about getting a very good Corp Dev person in. Quickly.

31 January 2017

European Soccer Hair

I was cleaning out a drawer and discovered this.
If I had to guess, I'd say it was taken in 1977.


10 January 2017

Unpopular Thesis

Strategy as a business strength implies that you are hugely nimble and flexible or have incredible contingency planning. The only reliable alternative to Strategy as a business strength is a rabid commitment to experimentation, self-cannibalization and innovation. Executional excellence alone will never be a replacement for choosing one of those two.... over the long term.