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  1. Mar 2017
    1. What are the risks in assuming that we start from a place of shared values and goals?

      Having worked myself in all the roles Joshua talks about here, I'll start out by agreeing with his main point: a lot of people in forprofit edtech are great folks and are personally motivated by many of the same things as educators. Yet I hope this isn't really the issue: I think humans share a lot of values regardless of who they work for. I locate the primary friction between EDU and forprofit edtech at a structural level: education as a public good and forprofit companies motivated primarily by revenue are not naturally aligned, regardless of how well-aligned people on all sides may be. What we need most is not to put more trust and faith in people working in forprofit edtech (we should have some already), but to work for models to develop and provide edtech that are fully aligned with the public good interests of education.

    1. When VC firms prize time on site over truth, a lucky few may profit, but civil society suffers.

      connecting venture capital motivations with ill effects on the common good

  2. Jan 2017
    1. AI will be the new mobile. Investors will ask management what their “AI strategy” is before investing and will be wary of companies that don’t have one.

      (I've been having this conversation with more and more with founders in our portfolio and those who we are considering for investment. The question is, what is a good AI strategy? Just having any? or is there an optimal AI strategy depending on the type of company? Anywhere this is debated our where best practices are being shared? )

  3. Dec 2016
    1. Would also like to see margin discussion of the forces that led to the creation of the form of the 'conference' and how the new force of virtual connection (whatever that might be) amplifies or dampens the old force. How might all virtual conferences be adapted to F2F ones? Are we seeing a fork in the road here where we are trying to 'shoehorn' the virtual into the real when we should be putting our efforts into all virtual?

  4. Mar 2016
    1. I'm talking about optimizing the economy for the velocity of money rather than for the conversion of money into capital. It's going from a growth model to a flow model. Why are we, for instance, taxing capital gains at almost nothing but taxing dividends and earnings so high? That's a tax policy that is meant to favor the extraction of capital and to punish the exchange of things.