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OuiWork? The quick case for WeWork as an actually disruptive business

So. WeWork, in whose co-working locations I’m sure many of you have spent time, is going public. It’s going for it at a time where – if you believe the news – the world economy is threatening to take a substantial dive. The business is valued like a tech company (in that it is hemorrhaging Softbank money for now) and the IPO prospectus is magnificently bold and vague about tech, mission, aggregation, community, and all sorts of scalable-sounding things. But it’s quite unlike a tech company in that it’s selling… Read more OuiWork? The quick case for WeWork as an actually disruptive business

The players are the artists; the game is the venue

As a general rule, I try to read everything that Matthew Ball writes about media at REDEF. His work is high-quality, perceptive, and I always learn something. So I was surprised, but also intrigued, when I found myself objecting to his most recent post on gaming: The Mirage of Cloud Gaming: cloud gaming as the new “thing” in the media industry | Matthew Ball, REDEF The essence of the post is as follows: -The video game industry, which is big, profitable, and a perennial bellwether for what’s going on in… Read more The players are the artists; the game is the venue

An Interview with Casey Newton from The Verge

Please enjoy this interview with Casey Newton ! It originally came out in my weekly newsletter; you can subscribe here if you haven’t already. Casey is one of my favourite people to follow on Twitter, read from, and learn from – both in his position as a journalist and editor at The Verge and also just as a generally astute observer of Silicon Valley society.  Casey has been writing at The Verge for the past six years, and in that time he has established himself as one of the most-read people covering… Read more An Interview with Casey Newton from The Verge

An Interview with Zachary Sun of Tierra Biosciences

Please enjoy this interview with Zachary Sun from Tierra Biosciences! It originally came out in my weekly newsletter; you can subscribe here if you haven’t already. Tierra is a phenomenally interesting company with whom I worked while I was at Social Capital and am lucky enough to get to stay in touch with. Tierra is blazing ground in a new field of biological manufacturing called Cell-Free Systems Biology, a really interesting new way to discover, test and engineer new molecules that do useful things for us in the world. In a nutshell, biomanufacturing generally means engineering living systems, like cells,… Read more An Interview with Zachary Sun of Tierra Biosciences

A Midsummer Night’s Term Sheet

Cast of characters: Alaina: Founder/CEO of Wirefly, a startup about to raise their Series A. Mia: Founder/CEO of Titanium, also a startup about to raise their Series A, and good friend of Alaina. Ed: VC at Northstar Ventures. Sander: VC at Symmetry Capital Partners Eugene: Seed investor in Titanium and friend of Ed. Quentin: Co-founder of Frisbee. Fanny: Co-founder of Frisbee. Will: Revered tech industry figure and husband-to-be of Renée. Renée: Revered tech industry figure and bride-to-be of Will.  Scene 1: Wirefly office Wirefly all-hands meeting. It’s upbeat. Alaina, the… Read more A Midsummer Night’s Term Sheet