Topic of the week

Sustaining privacy

As more and more facets of our lives move through our devices, the question of how we ensure privacy and control over data becomes ever more important. This is especially true as we enter an era where authentication might occur as much through physical identifiers — e.g., fingerprints and eye scans — as through digital representations of our identity — e.g., email/password and PTSN.

The history of restricting and permissioning information is littered not only with failure, but with messy, uncomfortable failures. Cory Doctorow’s epic post from 2012 on failed efforts to enforce DRM and digital copyrights explains why, in... ↓ expand

  • "The important tests of whether or not a regulation is fit for a purpose are first whether it will work, and second whether or not it will, in the course of doing its work, have effects on everything else. If I wanted Congress, Parliament, or the E.U. to regulate a wheel, it's... ↓ expand
  • The Bitcoin and Greece story is happening now and I didn't want to miss the opportunity of getting some possible feedback/insights from the USV community on one of our new treemaps. Each box represents a currency It starts with Bitcoin Then goes to Fiat Then goes to the Volume... ↓ expand
  • Shyp brings all workers into w2 fold. I don't think this is really a precedent for other platforms facing this issues, as Shyp's product is really more of a brick-and-mortar product than a pure tech product or marketplace.

  • Newsflash *** Your current cloud is about to get rattled by a little shake-up. There is a new emerging computing cloud that is virtual and doesn’t require servers setup, because it runs on the blockchain’s infrastructure. Do you see the Blockchain infrastructure as powering a... ↓ expand
    #blockchains #decentralization #where-protocols-come-from
  • This idea came out of the USV CEO summit a few weeks ago, where Muneeb from OneName described the blockchain as "time"

    #blockchain #bitcoin
  • We have said many times that we believe in emergent, decentralized, start-up innovation. Institutions public and private, no matter how well intentioned, tend to protect their institutional interests, whether is it a current revenue stream, or a position of market power. That... ↓ expand
    #ob1 #marketplaces #blockchain
  • "Here's the problem: the digital economy depends on gadgets and software being able to communicate seamlessly. Last year's decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals opened the possibility that efforts to make software work together better could trigger copyright... ↓ expand
  • "This suggests that by leveraging dominance in search to promote its internal content, Google is reducing social welfare - leaving consumers with lower quality results and worse matches."

  • Ambition Director of Marketing Jeremy Boudinet explains the 5 rules for gaining a successful sales culture in your B2B startup.

    #b2b #saas #sales #sales strategy
  • Everette Taylor is somewhat of a rarity--an African-American insider in Silicon Valley. He has launched or has helped launch more than a few successful tech ventures.

    #startups #silicon valley #marketing #growth hacking #growth #startup growth #diversity
  • “Marketplaces” provide transactions among multiple buyers and multiple sellers — like eBay, Etsy, Uber and LendingClub. “Networks” provide profiles that project a person’s identity, then lets them communicate in a 360-degree pattern with other people in the network. Think... ↓ expand
  • woz is down with it, says it'll be cool. these days i lean more to the "humans and machines will merge" viewpoint rather than "humans will become pets/slaves" viewpoint.

    #transhumanism #wozniak #robots
  • this thing is 8500 words. 8500 words!!! i know what you're thinking: is it is time to rename the expression for verbal diarrhea from "pulled a parker" to "pulled a sacca" ? the answer is no. remember parker clocked in 10k+ words about his own lord of the rings themed wedding.... ↓ expand
    #twitter #verbal diarrhea #chris sacca #sean parker
  • "The Working World (TWW) is, I believe, such an opportunity. They describe themselves as “venture capitalists with a radical social mission: to lend people the tools to democratically build lasting wealth for themselves, their businesses, and their communities”. By investing in... ↓ expand
  • I wrote a piece about Slack's valuation. Would love feedback.

  • "I believe that the right trade off is in favor of general purpose computing at the cost of strong privacy. Meaning: I would rather have general purpose computing and relatively limited privacy than the other way round. The best hope we have for minimizing this tradeoff (not... ↓ expand
  • "Are you ready to live in the Magic Kingdom, with security guards hiding behind doors that are themselves out of site, ready to grab you and pull you behind the stage and escort you out of the Tomorrowland for saying the wrong thing? "When we traded our hard-fought open... ↓ expand
  • Interesting piece on the potential for cooperatives to replace investor owned platforms

    #cooperatives #ownership #platforms
  • "When content is "pushed" to you by smart aggregators, using a regular web browser doesn't make much sense. You benefit from a different kind of browser for the web. For content management platforms, it redefines the browser and websites as end-points; de-emphasizing the role... ↓ expand
  • Predicting $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025

    #internet of things #future
  • A relatively quick write-up on a great use of SMS and some not so great uses

  • Raises a good question. "We are once again living in a go-go time for tech, but there are few signs that the most consequential fruits of the boom have reached the masses. Instead, the boom is characterized by a rise in so-called on-demand services aimed at the wealthy and the... ↓ expand
    #sharing economy
  • "For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?"

    #universal-basic-income #labor
  • "Imagine buying a car but having the car maker retain control over which roads you can drive on. Looking to go down that small road to the beach? You car just won’t move. I think very few people would find that an acceptable limitation on how they can use a car, which after... ↓ expand