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America's idea of itself is inextricably tied to the opening of the American West. In the 19th century America embraced the entrepreneurs, and rugged individuals who sought to reinvent themselves by going west.
Joe Manchin seems to have forgotten who we are. He seems to have forgotten that it was not the bankers or the boy scouts who opened the West, it was the entrepreneurs, and yes, the hucksters, and the speculators, and all manner of flawed characters looking for a place where they could enjoy the relative freedom of the frontier, away from the tentacles of an overreaching government.
He seems to have forgotten that, more than anything else, it was the frenzied speculation of the Gold Rush that led to California becoming a state, the building of roads, churches, and schools throughout California and the development of the transcontinental railroad that bound California to the rest of the United States.
Senator Manchin says that we must protect innocent people from losing money by speculating in Bitcoin. As far as I know, we did not feel the obligation to protect the 49ers from losing money during the Gold Rush, and the vast majority of them lost everything they had. I would be shocked to learn that a meaningful number of them asked for help, just as I would be shocked to learn that anyone speculating in bitcoin today has asked Senator Manchin for help.
I agree that America should lead, but we should lead in a way that is consistent with who we are. We have never before been afraid to explore a frontier. Why start now?
Fri, Mar 07, 2014:
Ultimately, this is also wanting to maintain ownership. If I made a deal with a traditional distributor, I’d not only be selling the theatrical rights and TV and DVD rights, I’d have to sell it all for 15 to 20 years. This is very personal for me, and I think it is the first step in where I think the industry is heading. I did this MacTaggart Lecture in Edingurgh, and I spoke about platforms and where things are moving and how there is incredible talent finding new ways to be discovered and seen. I think what interested me now is trying to walk the walk of my MacTaggart speech, and not just talk the talk.
Fred posted on Kevin's talk over at AVC a while back. Interesting follow-up on how Spacey's releasing his documentary about creating a production of Richard III.
My question is will old news organizations adapt before newer ones do.
the mastercoin exchange
The sky is the limit!
My startup experience began in college and ended up becoming a very successful company. After graduating, I moved on to a corporate role at IBM. As I learned the ropes at an established company, I continued investing and advising startups on the side. Finally, two years ago, I founded my latest company, SimpleRelevance.
Through each career move, I’ve learned the value of practicing an intentional business strategy. Putting short and long-term goals against decisions and challenging my own choices has been the best way for each of my companies to pivot and evolve. Here are few of the lessons I’ve learned in my latest endeavor and over the years:
As I end my time at Target a renewed push to sign guests up for their Red Card has begun.
A bit odd I think, since so many customers are still paying in cash rather than using their cards at our terminals.
Many of the cashiers who are the default sales persons for the product are not pushing it. When asked why, employees say it's too early and they have no confidence that Target really has secure their guests data.
Management is upset and they are of course doing "coaching" (writing people up) over the issue.
If employees are terminated could they agrue they were unsure they were violating applicable Banking, Lending, SEC, finacial instrument rules and laws?
On the flip side could managers who are not company officers ( and not covered by misconduct insurance) be opening themselves up to litigation?
Vertical apps with distribution, are going to turn into vertical specific platforms.
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