Malkovich Manifest: Surveying A Year Of Responses To Paul Graham’s Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas

Originally published on: Riparian Data Last March, Paul Graham wrote an essay entitled “Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas,” in which he spelled out seven massive problem areas/voids and ideas that could possibly fix/fill them. The adverb may be hypercorrection, but the essay isn’t hyperbolic, and it inspired throngs of intrepid entrepreneurs[1] to roll up their gingham and […]

A Prayer For Own Meaning (Or, Why Marc Andreessen Is Wrong About English Majors)

Originally published on: Riparian Data “Ye tuneful cobblers! still your notes prolong, Compose at once a slipper and a song; So shall the fair your handiwork peruse, Your sonnets sure shall please—perhaps your shoes. Byron—English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 751.” By and large, Marc Andreessen’s view of the current tech landscape is… not sunny. […]

How Facebook Can Solve Its Advertising Problem

Publication: The Mail Room Blog   [Chart from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2012]  While perusing (if one can peruse a 112-page PDF) Mary Meeker’s insightful, clear-cut summary of dominant and looming internet trends, one chart in particular caught my eye. It showed the user growth of the mobile video creation and sharing app Viddy between […]