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San Francisco Magazine | Modern Luxury | KD and the VCs: How Kevin Durant Became a Made Man in Silicon Valley
Last year, he placed the biggest bet of his life. It paid off spectacularly. Now the Warriors star and his business partner Rich Kleiman are looking to parlay those winnings into a tech jackpot.
nba  Basketball  siliconvalley  investing  startups 
3 days ago by jorgebarba
Silicon Valley’s Secrets Are Hiding in Marc Andreessen’s Library | WIRED
"In 1908, the country’s nine largest filmmakers formed the Movie Picture Patents Company, insisting that no one else could make movies because they controlled the patents on the original movie camera, co-created by Thomas Edison at his lab in New Jersey. The patents belonged to Edison, and he backed the Patents Company. So a new wave of filmmakers moved to the West Coast, where the courts were less friendly to Edison. Hollywood became a place to make movies in part because it was so sunny—you could film outdoors more often and with fewer lights—but also because it was so far away from New Jersey."
AndreessenHorowitz  hollywood  siliconvalley  venturecapital  books  2017 
4 days ago by benterrett
Facebook’s war on free will | Technology | The Guardian
The engineering mindset has little patience for the fetishisation of words and images, for the mystique of art, for moral complexity or emotional expression. It views humans as data, components of systems, abstractions. That’s why Facebook has so few qualms about performing rampant experiments on its users. The whole effort is to make human beings predictable – to anticipate their behaviour, which makes them easier to manipulate. With this sort of cold-blooded thinking, so divorced from the contingency and mystery of human life, it’s easy to see how long-standing values begin to seem like an annoyance – why a concept such as privacy would carry so little weight in the engineer’s calculus, why the inefficiencies of publishing and journalism seem so imminently disruptable.

Facebook would never put it this way, but algorithms are meant to erode free will, to relieve humans of the burden of choosing, to nudge them in the right direction. Algorithms fuel a sense of omnipotence, the condescending belief that our behaviour can be altered, without our even being aware of the hand guiding us, in a superior direction. That’s always been a danger of the engineering mindset, as it moves beyond its roots in building inanimate stuff and begins to design a more perfect social world. We are the screws and rivets in the grand design.
Facebook  algorithms  artificialIntelligence  surveillance  control  nudge  ZuckerbergMark  hacking  openness  transparency  behaviour  identity  digitalIdentity  multiplicity  engineering  politics  USA  SiliconValley  manipulation  power  dctagged  dc:creator=FoerFranklin 
4 days ago by petej
Lurid Lawsuit’s Quiet End Leaves Silicon Valley Start-Up Barely Dented - NYTimes.com
Ugh. Why are men the worst?

Lots of thoughts on this. Woman coming in to fix the broken company. Men who think they can do whatever until they get married. Ugh.
harassment  nyt  siliconvalley  virtualreality  sexualassault 
8 days ago by UltraNurd
There's Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley
The industry has had a remarkable run. The companies at its center — Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple are the defining brands — are beloved by consumers, truly global, dominant in the markets. They have also been able to coast on their popularity and their amazing products while largely getting a pass on politics at its higher levels. They spend scads on lobbying — Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has risen to become a top lobbying spender in recent years — to keep the tax collectors and communications regulators at bay, but they’ve never had to fight for their identity against political tides that have defined other major American industries. It’s easy to forget that oil prospectors and junk-bond traders had their moments of glory too; now Wall Street and the oil industries are resigned to a defensive crouch.

This sort of political change happens slowly until it happens fast. Uber provided a new model for a transformative tech giant to crash through with a dark, negative brand. The company’s toxic internal culture and rogue business practices were pure extensions of Silicon Valley’s clichés, not particularly different from things Microsoft was once admired for, or Amazon’s more openly rapacious early years. But the narrative had changed — inequality and misogyny were central American concerns, not as easily brushed past.
code  software  market  markets  tech  technology  siliconvalley  corporate  corporations  amazon  google  apple  facebook 
8 days ago by msszczep

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