Using Disruption Precisely

Posted in Learning, Startups

This is yet another awesome a16z podcast: Holy Non Sequiturs, Batman! — What Disruption Theory Is … and Isn’t Basically, one of the consultants that actually studied the original theory of disruption is clarifying exactly …

Overcoming the STEM Stereotype

Posted in Startups, Work

In other contrarian news… I came across this article today that purports that liberal arts majors are needed at today’s hottest tech startups, even moreso than engineers and other technical folk. As it turns out, …

Working Harder is not a Good Career Strategy

Posted in Startups, Work

Remember when a prominent and arrogant venture capitalist called out startup employees to basically stop whining and work harder? He was almost immediately rebuked by one of the subjects of his anecdote as hypocritical, that …

At the Mercy of Platforms

Posted in Startups

When and how do you move off of someone else’s platform? I read a few articles recently that espoused the idea of small startups focusing on doing just one thing well, and not owning the …

Why Unicorns Exist

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I just listened to an excellent, thought-provoking conversation hosted by the a16z podcast on Venture Capital and unicorn private companies: Good Bubbles, Bad Bubbles – and Where Unicorns Come from It’s worth listening to the …

Go to College

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There is a curious rebellion against higher education. I get the sense that it’s an overreaction, a correction to the unquestioned emphasis placed onto college over the past few decades. The millennial generation is no …

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Everything is Bullshit

Posted in Reading, Startups

Pricenomics is a startup that has somehow stumbled upon a pair of business models: data crawling, and blogging about data from a consumer-centric perspective. The latter has a pop-culture economics bent; it’s a technique taken …