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  1. Mar 2017
    1. shift resources from capturing knowledge — which we've been doing almost exclusively for the past five years — toward packaging and distributing knowledge

      The ideas of "capturing" and "packaging" knowledge suggests a mindset based on monetizing rather than empowering knowledge makers. The new metaphor of zebra not unicorn startup business models suggests "profitable businesses that solve real, meaningful problems and in the process repair existing social systems" might serve us all better than Genius' "pivot" to media.

    1. Zebra companies are often started by women and other underrepresented founders.

      Because folks outside the dominant POV see needs, opportunities, and possibilities that others don't?

    2. To state the obvious: unlike unicorns, zebras are real.
    3. We believe that developing alternative business models to the startup status quo has become a central moral challenge of our time.

      Zebras: alternative business models

    4. 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