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I'm tired of being around people who feel intimidated by my blackness | Music | The Guardian
In our society, black is seen as negative and white as successful, leading many to reach for a cultural mask. It’s time we stopped trying to fit in //&! ‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health. The perceptions of young black women in everyday life may be exacerbating already high rates of depression and anxiety. One writer explains why she’s fighting back - bit.ly/20RBIqn
skin  bleaching  urban  scene  Asia  racism  prejudice  subconscious  snap  judgement  bias  cognitive  bias  Wertegesellschaft  pattern  matching  pattern  recognition  confirmation  bias  selection  bias  beauty  sickness  mental  health  well  being 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors
Organic is better is more sustainable // Vegas Downtown Project // have a framework (macroprudential policy), but don't pick winners, cities, regions, ... roundabouts. // semiconductor boom bust in scotland, outside glasgow, area - via tax breaks (ie IBM spango vallye)
free  market  Venture  Capital  subsidies  subsidizing  corporate  welfare  Silicon  Valley  Vegas  Downtown  Project  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Los  Angeles  Start-Up  Scene  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Alley  economic  history  fossil  fuel  renewable  energy  carbon  tax  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  tax  code  fiscal  policy  industrial  policy  job  creation  STEM  Manufacturing  dogma  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  short-termism  Opportunism  opportunist  microeconomic  policy  macroprudential  policy  macroeconomic  policy  intellectual  property  IP  progressive  tax  code  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  democracy  social  democracy  fairness 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
"Go Butler": So will das deutsche Start-up in den USA überleben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Ich habe keine Ahnung, wie die je profitabel werden wollen" [...] Andere Concierge-Services haben sich vom Gute-Fee-Modell bereits verabschiedet: Der amerikanische Konkurrent Magic verlangt seit Kurzem die happige Gebühr von 100 Dollar für jede Stunde, die seine "Magicians" an der Wunscherfüllung arbeiten. [ 61 Minutes] Heute verdient das Unternehmen 70 bis 80 Prozent seines Umsatzes mit Firmenkunden. Eine Beratungsfirma etwa lässt "Sixtyone Minutes" ihre gehetzten Consultants von lästigem Alltagskram entlasten. [ < marginal propensity 2 consume higher as cost of time is higher! ie business consultants, researchers, executives and directors ]
personal  assistant  Facebook  augmented  intelligence  AI  Google  Now  on  Tap  Google  Now  artificial  intelligence  Google  Search  mobile  homescreen  business  model  marginal  cost  margin  marginal  propensity  to  consume  Siri  Facebook  Messenger  Apple  Google  Inc.  Microsoft  Cortana  Go  Butler  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Amber Rose interview: Even when I was a virgin, I was called a slut | World news | The Guardian
// “Women of color are often made to be hypersexual before any of our sexual behaviors or practices are even known”, she says. “That’s a long history that is embedded there,” she adds, referring in part to the United States’ history when black female slaves were seen as sexually available and routinely raped by white slave owners.
feminism  feminist  post-racial  America  urban  scene  urban  culture  subculture  Sexual  objectification  objectification  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  gender  inequality 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Zumper: One-Third Of San Francisco’s Rent Is Attributable To VC Funding | TechCrunch
[capital efficiency?] // the other 1/4th is bidding up via credit bubble riches, diversification. other 2/4ths from planning restriction and natural biz cycle of sv //&! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7266-an-open-letter-to-anyone-moving-to-san-francisco-for-a-tech-job - For context, people are right to be angry; shit is certainly fucked up. Since 2010, rents have risen by 40%, and eviction rates have risen by 38%—two rapid changes that have had very visual consequences all across the city. Much of SoMa, for instance, looks like an elephant graveyard. Sidewalks look like the surface of the moon; alleys are littered with broken glass; and streets are strewn with sleeping persons and human shit. All of this can be observed from in the shade of the brand-new office buildings and luxury condos that now line the streets everywhere east of 4th Street. [...] those who move to San Francisco and don’t engage with the community dilute and adulterate San Francisco’s sense of character.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicki Minaj Anaconda is a skinny-shamer!! Twerk - YouTube
half way in - society - different cultures - fat shaming // different kind of beauty ideals across the world, depending on culture and exposure (reinforcement, popular culture communication - mainstream on tv, magazines). // just look at - youtu.be/ejY-SSI_1-0
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Success in the tech industry, where whole new job categories are created overnight, requires deep familiarity with trends, products and technologies. Learning opportunities abound — if you’re willing to transition to new roles, educate yourself, work on different products or switch companies altogether. Building your own startup, or even joining one, can be the best career move; it offers remarkable potential for growth by wearing multiple hats in an expanding organization. The labor market benefits from this flexibility not just with an improved and adaptable workforce, but also one that creates jobs. The immigration process impedes all these possibilities. [...] [ reset process when switching companies ] [...] And that’s not even the worst part. If you get laid off, you must leave the country. Immediately. [...] Try telling your VC you spent $25,000 of their $1 million funding on immigration fees
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
We’re gonna need a bigger round...
After 15 years of staggering declines, the cost of building a company in San Francisco is rising sharply // prohibitive! diluting too much too early. // China and other BRIC paper millionaers divesting into property speculators, around the world. every city that has seen substantial price appreciation +10-20% over last +5 years // hot money from monetary policy, excess reserves, flushing around the globe //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Movinga vs. Movago – wer ist hier das Copycat? | Gründerszene
German start-ups copy each other now ... It's not the Samwer Brothers anymore, they have already lots on their existing plate (made up of copycats). Add the credit bubble, public market distortions and free cash that is flushing around put into seed rounds, as enabler. #Facepalm // smart heads, small opportunist ideas, x for y locally here in z.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: In the Valley, pre-seed is a meme. In New York, it’s a necessity
// cost of entry? // unable to make it happen? // Can't you write software from anywhere? // problem, heavily diluted early on approaching A/B, traditional shops don't like the cap table of pre-seed, angels, seed, accelerator & Micro VC's already owning ~+40% ... you come to a traditional A/B shop and not one of the existing investors is actually leading the round or committed in paper do double down? // // from a financial perspective/investment/math --- in the PRIVATE MARKET thrown under the bus by NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (looking for their female unicorn or own Zuck) everyone can run 100 burger stands with unlimited/stellar returns in their spreadsheet model (bc cost of capital being 0 or negative). Despite the deflation of price of software & hosting (marginal cost, economics of abundance), Talent got bid up heavily (+200k/y in LA by Snapchat) in certain cities (SV, NY, London) // &! Steen Jakobsen - youtu.be/fnp5ETnKylU - min 16 avg guy does not have access to credit!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Europe Hates US Internet Giants In Six Charts | Monday Note
But when it comes to the digital revolution, European structures, mentality and inward-looking conservatism played against the innovation thrust.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA Interview with Fred Wilson & Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures - YouTube
mi 32 - lack of adoption of SV model: no politics, execution, results driven, value creation, accepting Failure as outcome (culture of Stigma in EU and Germany) // min 36 - oh hi there world - buy into the company! a partner, strategic joint venture. shared economic interest, own platform by publishers! // miss-allocation of capital ! // hard things about hard things - Pivot, layoff vs running out of money not finding product/market fit & traction // early on its only hunch & gut based. // #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis - its abt value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data. Big corps cant disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely 2 survive bc of patterns 2 stick 2 the conventional & fail than fail with unconventional & look like a fool (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye). Book "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Survivors | Bothsides of the Table
Failure. To most people it smells. People are afraid of it. It’s like cancer or divorce. When you have it you find you who your true friends are because they’re the ones who double down on helping, on being available, on listening, on understanding. Most people run from failure or disease because they’re hard to handle. Hard to know how to deal with. Awkward. But I am attracted to those who have had severe set-backs in life because it tells you something about the mettle of the person with whom you’re dealing. It reminds me of a famous quote in one of my favorite novel’s “Damage” by Josephine Hart “Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.” [...] closed up shop at the very first hurdle. I wouldn’t work with him again. [...] Honor is what I’m looking for. How you failed is significantly more important than if you failed. [play the long-game = relationships, trust, network [ character, live life 4 ur eulogy, not CV, not bank account - nyr.kr/1J5Y13X & bit.ly/1KrTfPT ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
'They Will Want To Bleed Him To Death': Owen Jones on Corbyn, Labour and the Future of the Left - YouTube
Jeremy Corbyn MP's response to the Tories 2015 Budget - youtu.be/ZxhQy6oDacg // &! The Corbyn Factor: Blair and Blairites panic, Labour in state of confusion - youtu.be/v__jsfY2fb8 // &! Laurie Penny on Jeremy Corbyn - can he take Labour forward? - youtu.be/LGL3wK27tmE // &! Owen Jones - London Rally: Jeremy Corbyn For Labour Leader 3.8.2015 - youtu.be/mFtC4td3NMc & youtu.be/8r78NcgvWEk // &! youtu.be/N7RAqAY_4c8 (1) low wages don't fund the gov budget - where is Tories industrial global competitive policy? They've slashed Research Funding! STEM, industrial and manufacturing policy, vocational and professional education, social mobility, knowledge and creative industry, digital economy (London's high cost do no help Start-ups!), Tories pro business policy is for the big and existing players, not for the future. // &! Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Labour cannot go on being Tory-lite’ - youtu.be/r6DX-wM5hR4 &! youtu.be/m1IUYlVR59k &! youtu.be/PPZKKHQ_-Gk &! youtu.be/vKv48n4MzII
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
'Affordable' shared ownership flat in Hackney on the market for £1m | Money | The Guardian
>> Edinburgh is expensive too. Then comes Glasgow as option. But Manchester better because of start-ups already there and MediaCity UK-BBC and Northern Powerhouse initiatives.
London  Start-up  Scene  London  affordable  housing  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  cost  of  ownership  barriers  to  entry  advice  lesson  UK  burn  rate  runway  Berlin  Scene 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Anti-Angel-Gesetz: Auch die CDU schießt gegen Schäubles Pläne | Gründerszene
Die Lage ist schon jetzt nicht rosig. Die Zahl der Unternehmensgründungen geht zurück – die Liquidationen übersteigen bereits seit 2012 die Neugründungen. Zudem sind die Wagniskapital-Investitionen rückläufig. „Die wenigen Risikokapitalgeber jetzt zusätzlich durch drohende Gewinnbesteuerungen von einer möglichen Investition abzuschrecken, ist äußerst kontraproduktiv“, [...] Das Finanzministerium verteidigt sich. Bei der Reform gehe es darum, ein Steuerschlupfloch zu stopfen, das durch Änderungen bei der Dividendenbesteuerung im Jahr 2013 entstanden sei. Außerdem gebe es weiterhin einen Steuernachlass für Investoren in Startups. [ ja und die grossen konzerne? ] [...] Um den Startup-Standort Deutschland attraktiver zu machen, fordert der CDU-Wirtschaftsrat eine Etablierung von Wachstumsfonds für Startups und einen verbesserten Zugang zu Wagniskapital.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  tax  code  Venture  Capital  Angel  Investor  Seed  Round  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Wolfgang  Schäuble  Angela  Merkel  GroKo  Germany  Mittelstand  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  Failure  society  stigma  SME  SMB  national  interest  creative  destruction  Software  Is  Eating  The  World 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Gründer-Interviews: Was London kann und Berlin nicht hat | Gründerszene
Auch sie hält es für wahrscheinlicher, nach San Francisco zu ziehen als zurück nach Deutschland. Eine Zeit lang habe sie zwar Jobs bei Startups in Berlin gesucht – aber niemand habe genug Geld gezahlt. Für ein Unternehmen mit einer starken Idee hätte sie das vielleicht in Kauf genommen, sagt sie. Aber: „Ich hatte damals den Eindruck, dass viele Startups in Deutschland nicht international skalierbar sind, oder sein wollten, und habe deshalb schnell das Interesse verloren.“ [...] Am Ende war Berlin der Standort, wo wir am meisten Entwicklungspotenzial gesehen haben.“ Es sei spannend, dass das Startup-Ökosystem in Berlin noch relativ jung ist [...] lobt die noch „sehr junge“ Berliner Szene. Die deutsche Stadt habe wahrscheinlich das „am schnellstwachsende Ökosystem Europas.“ Er ist überzeugt: „Wir werden hier sicherlich bald das Zentrum für Internet-Startups in Europa sein.“ [ copycats and wantrepreneurs chasing small ideas ]
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  copycat  Silicon  Valley  FinTech  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  burn  rate  runway  war  for  talent  quality  of  life  living  standard  standard  of  living 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why I'm Moving My Business From San Francisco to St. Louis | Need/Want
// one VC/Angel said, its not that you run out of money, you run out of time to find the magic that makes things for your product work, MVP, Product/Market Fit, that kick up in net promoter score, that multiple in q/q growth, etc etc. // If you’re trying to bootstrap, being based in San Francisco is awful. [ Same with London and New York followed by LA and Seattle. ] Cheap cities are startup friendly. [ don't opt for Edinburgh, if go to Glasgow or Manchester (which got already a small start-up scene plus Media City, Salford) ] We’re an internet company. We don’t need to be tied to a specific location. Hiring remote and having a distributed work force is far cheaper than hiring locally and making everyone come into an office. // &! bit.ly/1EvpTcY
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Access To Startup Skills Threatened By U.K. Visa Review | TechCrunch
[ unable to move fast, execute fast ] Startups of course rely on filling vacancies by bringing skills from abroad — given it may be the only way to obtain relevant expertise when you’re working in such nascent areas. [...] According to the MAC’s call for evidence, the proposed changes being considered by the government include some potentially radical measures — such as: significantly raising the salary threshold; restricting which job roles are eligible; and removing the right for dependents of visa holders to be able to work in the U.K. [ salaries threshold, NHS already cried out loud foul as many foreign nurses would have to leave it threshold would be set at about 34-35 minumum earnings. ] [...] “The majority don’t… and several of the respondents said it’s already too complicated and expensive for us to go through that process,” he notes. [...] “populist politics” could pose a threat the U.K.’s digital economy [... quality of life in London less than in other US cities ...]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Northerners ‘£2,300 worse off’ than rest of UK
“These figures show the Northern Powerhouse has a long way to go before people in the North feel the benefit of a stronger regional economy,” said Luke Raikes, research fellow at IPPR North. He added that the region would be unable to escape historic under performance of its economy without a “step change in policy.” [...] “The North should pursue growth and prosperity built on higher wages, more jobs and stronger productivity – not simply try to catch up to London and the South East, where the type of economic growth they’ve experienced has created high levels of inequality and left many behind. “The Northern Powerhouse will be meaningless for the people who live and work in the North unless the economic growth it generates reaches their pockets.”
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Interview: Passion Capital's Eileen Burbidge
// strike out without having a playbook, give it your best shot. // London as FinTech hub - competitive adv through canary warf and london being eu bank capital and 2nd after NY/Wall Street // NHS will play role in future of health tech and be competitive advantage //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin | World news | The Guardian
More and more burnt-out Londoners are embracing the laid-back cool – and much lower cost of living – of the German capital [...] Her decision to leave London was mainly a financial one. “I was working seven days a week and paying £800 for a shared flat in Lewisham. We kept moving further and further into south-east London, until I felt I needed to leave entirely. I’m part of a big exodus; I know many people who have moved from east London to south-east London and then to Berlin. [...] Agora is one of many “co-working hubs” that have sprung up in the city, created for the ever-growing startup community (by 2020 an estimated 100,000 jobs are set to be generated by Berlin startups). Agora is one of many expat bubbles, catering to the ever-growing number of digital nomads. [...] I was just exhausted all the time. You go home to your expensive flat, but end up just sleeping in it, and then go back to work. There’s just more time here.” [...] In London, its office work, bars, sleep, repeat.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook: Gewinn sinkt im zweiten Quartal deutlich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[FB] kämpft mit hohen Kosten. Die Anleger reagierten skeptisch. // [ Hohe Kosten!? Was wie!? ] // [...] Die Ausgaben stiegen kräftig um 82 Prozent auf 2,8 Milliarden Dollar. Der Konzern hatte bereits eine Investitionsoffensive angekündigt: Er steckt unter anderem viel Geld in Rechenzentren. Facebook treibt außerdem die Werbung auf mobilen Geräten wie Smartphones oder Tablet-PCs voran. Auch Angebote wie der SMS-Ersatz WhatsApp oder der Fotodienst Instagram werden weiterentwickelt. Dass die Kosten so stark zulegen würden, hatten Analysten aber nicht kommen sehen. [ Cost of hiring more developers for WhatsApp and Instagram and building data centers ] [...] "Es war ein weiteres starkes Quartal für unsere Community", kommentierte Facebook-Chef Mark Zuckerberg die Zahlen. [ LOL, you mean for Wall Street ] &! 1.49bn MAU, 76% of advertising now from mobile! //&! bbc.in/1IsEOKj
Facebook  Silicon  Valley  burn  rate  runway  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View  London  Start-up  Scene  Venture  Capital  operations  Wall  Street  mainstreet.org  San  Francisco  war  for  talent 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
ProSiebenSat.1 und Axel Springer: Doch keine Fusion - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Medienkonzerne Axel Springer und ProSiebenSat.1 werden doch nicht fusionieren. Es soll zwar eine Zusammenarbeit bei digitalen Start-ups geben - darüber hinaus ist Firmenangaben zufolge aber keine weitere Kooperation geplant. [...] Digitale Geschäftsideen und Start-ups wollten die beiden Unternehmen künftig aber gemeinsam fördern, teilten sie am Mittwoch in Berlin und München mit. Man wolle gemeinsam in Unternehmen und Fonds investieren, bestehende Förderprogramme vernetzen und neuen Unternehmen Werbemöglichkeiten gegen Firmenbeteiligungen zur Verfügung stellen. [ Institutional Venture Capital investment in start-ups for help with advertising, branding, communications etc. ]
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Axel  Springer  ProSiebenSat.1  media  conglomerate  ecosystem  Venture  Capital 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Please, no more white people writing smug articles about leaving London | Aisha Mirza | Comment is free | The Guardian
I understand there is a psychic toll of living in a place where you have to fight, for space, time, money. But what these Why I am Leaving London articles are missing is that, while the psychic burden of living in the city with the highest living costs in the developed world is very real, for a brown person, the cost of living surrounded only by white people is worse. // bit.ly/1NyCy3Q - No wonder so many people are quitting the capital. Overpriced, overcrowded, no good olive shops – and it’s not even original
London  city  living  racism  minority  black  minority  ethnic  minority  London  Start-up  Scene  cost  of  living  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  chronic  stress  urbanisation  urban  planning  living  standard  standard  of  living  living  environment  minimum  wage  commuting 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish fantasy sport firm FanDuel plans expansion - BBC News
>> London Expensive, Silicon Valley (SF, Mountain View, Palo Alto), NY prohibitively expensive to run a start-up out of solely. The next best cities are probably, in UK; Glasgow and Manchester. Edinburgh still more expensive than both and commuting is for most unavoidable. Keep in mind, (1) UK wide housing shortage - lowest rate of new builds over decades, and (2) also quality of life/health lower in noisy polluted over crowded London with the long commute, and (3) Aberdeen is 2nd most expensive city of UK, bc Oil drove up the prices.
FanDuel  London  Start-up  Scene  Edinburgh  Silicon  Valley  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  barriers  to  entry  Venture  Capital  ecosystem  Berlin  Scene  Manchester  UK  lesson  advice  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  commuting 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC’s Peter Salmon: ‘Where do you want me to be? Milton Keynes?’ | Media | The Guardian
The increasing unaffordability of the capital is a boon for the BBC’s non-London outposts, Salmon says: “You can develop a career here and be on a starter salary, say £20-25,000, you could probably get a foot on the property ladder or rent in a decent part of town. Live the dream and live out in Derbyshire and travel in, or get a little flat in Manchester. A lot of younger people starting out who can’t afford London any more look to Salford and Media City. We really benefit from the negative side of London’s growth.”
Manchester  UK  London  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  cost  of  living  London  Start-up  Scene  affordable  housing  social  housing  cost  of  entry  barriers  to  entry  ecosystem 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Cities for Tomorrow 2015 - The Next Silicon Valley - YouTube
SV had intrinsic motivation and drive of counter culture. Berlin & Co. do not have that. Wannabes, copycats, lawyers (Samwer Brothers). // Need next to capital and talent also cheerleaders. // Ability to Fail publicly! Problem in Germany and Europe. Socially and by law. Disastrous bankruptcy laws depending on company formation. // &! expensive cities! cost of living. prohibitive! burn rate thus runway shorter, more pressure on all to meet milestones before money runs out. companies die because of such, not enough time to find the magic formula. &! mercenary culture in hiring engineering, switching after 2 years.
Silicon  Valley  London  Start-up  Scene  Berlin  Scene  Israel  ecosystem  counter  culture  economic  history  technological  history  Failure  Germany  society  Gesellschaft  burn  rate  runway  war  for  talent  cost  of  living  lesson  advice  Fred  Wilson 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA14 Interview with Julie Meyer (CEO & Founder, Ariadne Capital) - YouTube
(1) why not to go to Palo Alto (2) money will find you if you are good enough/traction. // &! Enterprise Connect Presents: Raising Finance; Top Tips From Industry Experts (Highlights) - youtu.be/9Psgw5oJSMs // &! Lecture 9 How to Raise Money Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad - youtu.be/NJAKt1icZYs
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  traction  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  Seed  Round  A  Round  Angel  Investor  London  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Networking 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Interview with Rashida Jones on Her Porn Documentary 'Hot Girls Wanted' - YouTube
[ talks about little melt pot / map-over of 'pornification' of pop culture (ie music, urban, black, stripping, dancing, buts, twerks ("do you have to be able to twerk to be cool?") pics on instagram, "have to be sexy to be notices" ... "we have to differentiate between sexuality and sexualisation (ie of pop culture) "porn = peak of capitalism, commoditization of sex" [...] "WHY DOES SEXY HAS TO BE WOMEN'S ONLY CURRENCY" << and worth judged by other women and patriarchy ... "ITS LIMITING" ] "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones has established a lovable reputation for herself through roles in hit comedies like "The Office" and "I Love You Man". Over the past few years, she's also ventured into writing and producing films, currently tackling projects like writing Toy Story 4. We had a chance to hang out with Rashida and talk about her shift behind the camera, and the documentary she recently produced on Miami's amateur porn industry, "Hot Girls Wanted.
Porn  pornography  Pop  Culture  Selbstdarstellung  Sexual  objectification  objectification  liberation  feminist  feminism  generationy  Millennials  Twerk  urban  scene  Entertainment  Entertainment  Industry  Selbstfürsorge  status  anxiety  commodity  business  commoditization  capitalism  sexualität  sex  work  sexuality  health  harassment  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  gender  inequality  sexismus  sex  worker  everyday  sexism  assault  sex-sells  sex  education  sexism  sex  ed  safe  sex  FWB 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Sheryl Sandberg - Mobile Uploads
https://www.facebook.com/GlobalGeekettes - http://www.geekettes.io/ - http://www.geekettes.io/about-us/ "We're women from different parts of the globe, now living and working in the tech centre of Europe - Berlin. Our skills cover design, marketing, communications and development, so you're in good hands." - http://recode.net/2015/05/13/tech-women-choose-possibility/ http://cocomsp.com/2015/03/dreamcast-episode-9-jenna-pederson/
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Women  in  Tech  STEM  Silicon  Valley 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Backyard Effect: Finding The Secret Sauce For Growing An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | TechCrunch
It may take some time to uncover, but every region has a secret sauce. I call it the Backyard Effect. It’s when a region embraces and connects its unique assets to foster startup success. // [ Berlin; natural growth better with some hands-off subsidies? Instead of heavy state subsidies that raise all, even the losers and not so good ... noise in the system. also reform in Germany; bankruptcy law/insolvency law and formation of start-ups (choice of business entity form - see US Delaware C corp - without the incentive and loopholes to avoid taxes) ]
economies  of  scale  economies  of  agglomeration  microeconomies  microeconomic  policy  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley  Silicon  Alley  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  meritocracy  meritocratic 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Intelligence Artificielle: Facebook Opening French "Deep Learning Lab" | Fast Company | Business Innovation
IN ORDER TO GET THE BEST ARTIFICIAL-INTELLIGENCE TALENT, FACEBOOK IS GOING TO EUROPE. // Europe does not have a lack of vertical talent // http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/02/facebook-opens-new-ai-research-center-in-paris/ "Finally, FAIR head Yann Le Cun is a French researcher for the New York University. That might have played a role in deciding to build a FAIR team in Paris. The company plans to hire research professionals, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. In particular, Facebook has signed an agreement with French AI research institute INRIA." // Q is, do you really want to use your intellectual capital and the resources you've invested into your passion, to optimize the Newsfeed and Instagram experience as well as for better targeted ads for more clicks/revenue?
Facebook  deep  learning  machine  learning  AI  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Thoughts on Microsoft acquiring Berlin's 6Wunderkinder
[5x] Second of all, the purchase price range reported by the WSJ is very broad. There’s a world of difference between selling a company that has raised around $25 million in capital for $100 million or for $200 million – for the founders and its financial backers, no matter what stage they’ve invested in. [...] I agree with people who said this is a great deal for the early investors, the company’s founders, and the Berlin startup ecosystem in general. There’s absolutely no question that it is. At the same time, I can’t help but think 6Wunderkinder could (should?) have been bigger and bolder. [It is and will not be a unicorn, duh, if it were it would have shown. probably traction, m/m growth (incl churn) did taper off below double digit space while everything else stayed the same.] // My Q. from the posted cap table; It seems employees do not get a piece of the cake. Didnt get equity when they joined? Same 4 Rocket Internet, ppl got offered 2buy before IPO, everyone said no thanku.
6Wunderkinder  Wunderlist  Microsoft  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  SAAS  subscription  model  freemium  termsheet  dilution  liquidation  preferences  Rocket  Internet  IPO 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Berlin And Tel Aviv Should Work Better Together | TechCrunch
There are a lot of startups in Israel that have an immense potential, while Berlin is full of venture capital looking for deal-flow. So why are there almost no European investors in success stories like Meerkat? Why do barely any Israeli startups consider European money? And looking at investors actively looking for deal-flow in Israel, where is Berlin’s Early Bird, Point Nine Capital, Atlantic Capital? Where are the London-based VCs that are most active in Berlin like Index Ventures or Accel Partners? At the same time the Berlin investor community is eagerly looking for deal-flow as far away as Silicon Valley, when amazing companies are built just in front of our European noses. Israel is just three-and-a-half hours away. It’s as close to Berlin as Spain, and certainly much closer than America. From the perspective of a Berlin founder who got to know the Tel Aviv tech community, something here doesn’t make sense.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Daniel Priestley on High Performance Environments. - YouTube
nurture over nature // hire A players from who you can learn! // accelerated learning, sharing, helping, ... // &! Is Your Peer Group Holding You Back? - Thought Of The Week - youtu.be/cJF3Q87jV9s "average of 5 people you surround yourself with"
career  advice  environment  work  environment  living  environment  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  personal  development  workplace  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  HR  human  resources  business  management  team  management  network  effect  Networking  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Success  London  Scene  accelerated  learning  culture  failure  society  peer  pressure  peer  group  accountability 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Startup Tips From Serial Entrepreneur Loic Le Meur | Revolution Season 3 | BrianSolisTV - YouTube
protectionism = not sharing and NDA's and being secretive. // MVP & Product-Market/Fit times execution is everything! And being flexible, learn and apply as you walk. You business plan and 3 year projections are worth nothing, contribute nothing. Lean, evidence based start-up !!! evidence based, traction, feedback loop, ... // ecosystem = walked the walk, thus I can talk and teach and advice. EU has not lots of walkers.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  wantrepreneur  entrepreneurship  ecosystem  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  culture  society  failure 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million | TechCrunch
[ especially consumer apps being hit driven business, already, that can go out of fashion as quickly as they came, might be a flash in a pan like Secret & work only on the SV/SF ] Competition in the Valley has started reaching a new peak, with candidates demanding all kinds of accoutrements just to change jobs. But it’s not just recruiting that has become more challenging. Sales, marketing, public relations — essentially every task that a startup has to do is just more difficult today given this cutthroat environment. The only way to respond to the higher threshold has been to raise ever more capital, and earlier as well. We now have the rise of the “instant unicorn” that can raise hundreds of millions of capital in just the first months of a company’s existence. That means companies are already worth billions, before they may have made their first million dollars in revenue or gotten their first million users. That’s the new normal, and founders have to be ready to adapt.
Silicon  Valley  San  Francisco  barriers  to  entry  distortion  NIRP  ZIRP  QE  A  Round  Seed  Round  Angel  Investor  hunt  for  yield  Private  Market  competitive  advantage  ecosystem  burn  rate  runway  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  unintended  consequences  bubble  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  Venture  Capital  Private  Equity  growth  growth  hacking  growth  hacker  structural  imbalance  Impediments  creative  destruction  Unicorn  competitiveness  competition  competitive  Signal  vs.  Noise  allocation  attention  span  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Alley  HR  human  resources 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Silicon Valley Will Continue to Rule — Backchannel — Medium
“You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.” Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. [...] He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurer’s booth at a fair, and witnesses the performance twice or thrice in succession. The tricks were meant to be seen only once, and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone. History, Jobs understood, gave him a chance to see — and see through — the conjurer’s tricks before they happened to him, so he would know how to handle them. [...] To invent the future, you must understand the past. [...] the Valley’s past matters today and that the lessons of history can take innovation further.
Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  history  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rocket Internet übernimmt Berliner Wellness-Plattform Somuchmore | Gründerszene
[ Copycats. Problem mit copycats ist, das es keinen Druchbruch/IPO geben wird der +500 mitarbeiter in Berlin beschaeftigt und somit nicht zum vergroessern des ecosystems beitraegt. Opportunisten sind keine Visionaere. Dieses ding ist auch wieder ein marketplace/pooling/convenience/economies of scale/disposable income ding. Macht X effizienter und spart dem einen oder anderen ein wenig Geld. Aber um die Welt wird es nicht gehen, und auch nicht veraendern. "Dent in the universe." Weil kaufen tuts nur wer sich es leisten kann. ] // Rocket Internet hat mal wieder zugelangt. Diesmal in der Heimatstadt Berlin: Die Samwer-Firmenschmiede übernimmt das Wellness-Startup Somuchmore. Das vermittelt Kurse für Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Tanz, Kampfkunst, Fitness, Gesundheit, Ernährung oder persönliche Weiterentwicklung im Monatsabo an die Kunden.
ClassPass  Rocket  Internet  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley  Germany  culture  society  Failure  stigma  opportunist  Opportunism  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Samwer  Brothers  marketplace  efficiencies  disposable  income  Vision 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices) | TechCrunch
The Wall Street Journal had a story on this yesterday: space is so tight that tech companies are paying north of $90 a square foot in Mountain View. Those are Manhattan skyscraper prices for 1980s-era suburban office parks. It is like running the entire industry on the physical equivalent of MS-DOS. You can either scale the physical infrastructure of the region or you can move the jobs. I favor doing both, but it seems obvious that the world is on an inexorable path towards mass urbanization and that the type of creative and collaborative work done in the industry today favors density. The younger generation in tech understands that in a knowledge-based economy, the value of what is created in Silicon Valley both economically and culturally is in the network. It depends upon who we can bring and include here — not in physical assets like a piece of land or a home. [...] elastic housing supply is supportive of economic growth, especially urban/metropolitan areas of dense eco activity
Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Network  Networking  ecosystem  synergy  economic  history  London  London  Scene  economics  housing  market  urban  planning  urbanisation  San  Francisco  Berlin  gentrification  Gentrified  social  housing  affordable  housing 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
SessionM’s Lars Albright is the quintessential Boston founder — which may not be a bad thing | PandoDaily
One criticism you often hear about Boston startups is that they don’t have a clue how to self-promote. While there is a growing class of young companies that have no problem pumping their own tires — companies like Alfred, transportation startup Bridj, and alcohol delivery company Drizly come to mind — there is still a large number of entrepreneurs who have trouble talking about their success. Two great examples of this staying-under-the-radar trend are fitness tracking app RunKeeper and furniture ecommerce startup Wayfair, which had earned close to $1 billion in revenue in 2013 and went public in 2014.
Boston  Silicon  Valley  Boston  Start-Up  Scene  self-promotion  marketing  advertising  Hype  Cycle 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Churchill Club: Max Levchin and Sarah Lacy - YouTube
1:01:50 - need ecosystem; universities, seed and angels, experience, exits, support system w experience, fall back companies (publicly traded) where failed entrepreneurs can get a job within some months - and not per se an acquire - but european economic free labour movement should enable that - to move for a new job after failure to get work in london paris amsterdam or stockholm etc etc, culture, society, infrastructure, // will take 2-3 further decades // 2015 SV got +30 years of experience, to do technology start-ups.
ecosystem  Silicon  Valley  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Max Niederhoffer - European Venture Capital | Silicon Real - YouTube
Sunstone Capital - https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/sunstone-capital "European early stage venture capital firm" - http://www.sunstone.eu // was Vice President at Accel - Max Niederhoffer // at Accel he did source and done deals for the firm. At Sunstone he does his own deals, and they are all equal. And works in the interest for / of the company. // GERMAN WORK CULTURE (~8-5, do your work well and go home) IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO Start-up Struggle and about meeting a Start-ups need when and as they arise. // min 47 - EU lacks management talent (scaling, hiring, vetting, networking) and resources; scattered over too many me-too strappy, jenky, or even Seed Funded Start-ups. Further: We've reached a new media visibility high that attracts the wrong kinds of people (trust fund kids with safety net). AND TechCrunch and Co Reporting of just Funding Rounds and Product Updates are not a realistic portrayal nor reflective of Start-up struggle and hustle and sick-to-the-stomach issues.
Venture  Capital  London  Start-up  Scene  Berlin  Scene  Europe  Scene  Germany  culture  society  TechCrunch  Hype  Cycle 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Forward Partners - Your unfair advantage
Nic Brisbourne - Managing Partner at Forward Partners | Silicon Real LIVE - youtu.be/7oxJ-OO1um8 // ex-DFJ (Series A&B) // is on website, it says, focused on e-commerce, but does/did also consumer and some enterprise/dev tools. // they also have drop-in office hours - theequitykicker.com/2014/10/24/tips-attending-office-hours/ // 9:05 - Finding Tech Co-Founder is difficult, business founders have to sell themselves really hard. Same in SV, and UK. // 24:15 don't build lonely MVP, build one that resonates, slow down to speed up during feedback time and crystallising MVP to specific customer+own vision (balance) to the point where it fly's off the shelve // optimism with critical thinking (balance.) // Board to set focus and resolve problems. Staying on the same page (ben horrowitz book) // London Start-up Scene Ecosystem, its a marathon. TC reporting is not conducive to portray a realistic picture of Start-up struggle. // &! Philippe Botteri - Accel Partners - youtu.be/YIbGP-2LYLk
Venture  Capital  UK  London  Start-up  Scene  Europe  Scene  Seed  Round  seedround  seedfunding  wisdom-of-the-crowd  MVP  Accel  Partners  Forward  Partners 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Bayern: McKinsey sieht bis zu 40 Prozent der Jobs bedroht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
40 Prozent der Jobs im Freistaat befinden sich demnach in einer "Gefährdungszone". Der Grund: Sie seien von den Folgen der Digitalisierung und weiteren Strukturbrüchen betroffen. Eine der Kernthesen der Untersuchung lautet, dass die klassischen volkswirtschaftlichen Parameter, in denen Bayern gut abschneidet (etwa Bruttoinlandsprodukt, Produktivität, Arbeitslosenquote), nur bedingt als Zukunftsindikatoren geeignet seien. Sie würden "lediglich den Erfolg der Vergangenheit bewerten", so McKinsey. In dem Bericht werden deshalb andere Kennzahlen herangezogen: Stabilität (u.a. Einkommensverteilung), Innovation (u.a. Bildungsqualität und Start-up-Quote), Diversität (Integrationsindex, Bildungsmobiliät), Internetzugang, Nachhaltigkeit (Gesundheits- und Vorsorgequalität, Ressourcenproduktivität). // Economic Indicators are about the past! Period. Wall Street cottage industry of economic forecasters.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
[PreMoney MIAMI] 500 Startups, Dave McClure "4 Years of Moneyball - What Have We Learned" - YouTube
Angel Investors/Seed and maybe even A Round is about jumping on and doubling down on companies that do well, others don't know about. It's information arbitrage. Wall Street Services Cottage Industry aka Economic Forecaster and Stock Pickers make their money with supposed information arbitrage. But it's just a cottage industry. ... Where Seed/Angel Investors do hustle, network, keep things private, sharing of non-public information with their best buddy and co-investor. // min 34 talks about Silicon Valley Ecosystem. (1) Optimism and Believe. German culture about fear of failure does not support it well in public. (2) supporting structures (3) capital at every stage.
500  Start-ups  Dave  McClure  Seed  Round  Venture  Capital  information  arbitrage  Private  Market  incomplete  information  Silicon  Valley  Angel  Investor  angel-list  Hustle  Networking  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  culture  society  Germany  failure  Leistungsdruck  ecosystem  London  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Startup UCLA: Fireside Chat with Jeff Jordan, Andreessen Horowitz - YouTube
13min value prop of a16z || min19 tenacious, going big, VC is hit driven business || min24 even those that are successes, there have been failures internally, a shit show, near death experiences || min29:50 SV ecosystem; capital, deep talent pool (network, experience, motoring, hand holding, guiding, supporting), support services (legal, banking), own gravity due to scale (attracts best). All 4 points support companies to scale and break through walls. + Brutal Talent Wars within SV for engineering talent. Scene needs some few hits (Berlin, London) and things could roll and grow by themselves. // min 39 - Consumer is hit driven business, more failures. While enterprise has higher hit rate and lower averages. // min 45 in current market, cant afford to go slow because of copy cats & opportunists & market slush with capital for proven ideas || min53 !!! >>> 'need to be an effective seller, not a sales person per se' to get capital, to get best employees, customers,
a16z  Venture  Capital  scaling  value  creation  Proposition  added  value  intangible  value  differentiate  differentiation  Ben  Horowitz  Marc  Andreessen  ecosystem  Silicon  Valley  war  for  talent  war-for-talent  Top  London  Start-up  Scene  Berlin  Scene  Manchester  Amsterdam  lesson  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
A deep dive into the Amsterdam tech startup ecosystem
Startup Amsterdam: can the Dutch capital catch up to Europe’s top startup hubs, London and Berlin? // [...] For one, I have learned that there’s a lack of serial entrepreneurs pumping cash and knowledge back into the local ecosystem in the form of angel investments and consistent mentoring. I also believe that, while accelerators such as Startupbootcamp, Rockstart and ACE Venture Lab do a fine job of picking and challenging promising young startups, I don’t think they are truly equipped to handle the influx of young local and foreign talent booting up their companies in Amsterdam. [...] There was also agreement in the local community about the fact that growth capital (Series B and beyond) is extremely hard to come by domestically, forcing founders to look for investment elsewhere to scale up. [...] and decidedly one of the key issues in Europe.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  ecosystem 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
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