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  • The Waze Effect: Flocking, AI, and Private Regulatory Capture

    … (image) A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were heading across the San Rafael bridge to downtown Oakland for a show at the Fox Theatre. As all Bay area drivers know, there’s a historically awful stretch of Interstate 80 along that route – a permanent traffic sh*t show. I considered taking San Pablo road, a major thoroughfare which parallels…

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  • Can Business Get A Conscience?

    … This post is a book review, but it starts with a story from my past. Way, way back, before San Francisco begat hip startups with nonsensical names, I found myself on the second floor of a near-abandoned warehouse on South Park, now one of the priciest areas of SF, but then, one of the cheapest. I surveyed the place: well lit in the front…

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  • Robert Reich: “Saving Capitalism” From Itself

    … Robert Reich’s Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few is a readable rant that – should you disagree with Reich’s central premise – will elicit eye-rolls and summary dismissal. But while his well-known political ideology (he served as Secretary of Labor under Clinton) is on constant display, I found Reich’s book both timely and important. I…

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  • Information Transparency & The “True Cost” Calculator

    … The view from Bolinas It’s been so long since I’ve written here, and I’ve missed it terribly. As startups tend to do, NewCo has taken over most of my waking hours. So I thought I’d just sit and write for a spell, even if what comes out isn’t fully baked. I’m on vacation in Bolinas, an intentionally scruffy sidebar of a town 25 miles north of San…

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  • What Will Search Look Like In Mobile? A Visit With Jack

    … stand for much longer. These I find fascinating – and worthy of deeper dives. First up is Jack Mobile, a stealthy search startup founded a year or so ago by Charles Jolley, previously at Facebook and Apple, and Mike Hanson, a senior engineer at Mozilla and Cisco who early in his career wrote version 1.0 of the Sherlock search app for Apple. Jack…

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  • Google: The Information-First Conglomerate

    … difficult information processing problems in traditional markets, you can create world beating value. Airbnb, DocuSign, Lending Club, and many more are further examples of the same thesis. So what markets are ripe for transition to an information first framework? Well, let’s break down what makes for a “ripe” market. I think there are two key…

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  • The Web Will Kill Apps

    … early this year by Reid Hoffman and John Lily at Greylock). And they are not alone – the caliber of people I’ve encountered who share my point of view is extraordinary. Something big is brewing, and I’m deep into figuring out how to frame it. It’s a big story, and I don’t know if I can tell it as well as it deserves to be told. But I’m going to try…

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  • Else 10.27.14 – Assange Takes on Google

    … (image) So what are the most powerful, important, noteworthy stories of the past ten or so days? Read on to find out…. Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems – Newsweek Julian Assange veers between wild eyed conspiracy theory and, well, level-headed conspiracy theory in this rather factless but quite compelling read. The Surveillance State…

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  • Living Systems and The Information First Company

    … you see punctuated equilibrium – a quick reset of the ecological landscape. Further, it struck me that we’re in the midst of such a phase shift as we become information – a theme I’ve written about quite a bit (and the core thesis of my long-unfinished book). That got me pondering the role of information in companies. I wondered, what is the role…

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