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Robert Reich

  • 10 Bold Moves Biden Can Make Without CongressWe did it. We took...
    10 Bold Moves Biden Can Make Without CongressWe did it. We took control of the Senate from Mitch McConnell. Even so, Republicans may still be able to block key parts of Joe Biden’s agenda. But there are plenty of critical policies he can and must e…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jan 21, 8:24pm -
  • Why Biden Can’t Govern from the Center
    I keep hearing that Joe Biden will govern from the “center.” He has no choice, they say, because...
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 2:19am -
  • Video

    - 10 days ago, 13 Jan 21, 5:54am -
  • Accountability for the Attempted Coup
    Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to...
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jan 21, 1:45am -
  • Defeating McConnell: The Real Stakes of the Georgia RunoffsThe...
    Defeating McConnell: The Real Stakes of the Georgia RunoffsThe upcoming runoff elections in Georgia are about more than replacing two corrupt Republican senators with Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. They are about flipping the Senate.They are referen…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Jan 21, 11:14pm -
  • 7 Ways 2020 Exposed America
    If America learns nothing else from these dark times, here are 7 lessons it should take away from...
    - 19 days ago, 4 Jan 21, 5:08pm -
  • Sedition
    I’ve been in or around politics for over a half century now, and I never imagined how low and looney...
    - 21 days ago, 2 Jan 21, 10:34pm -

Naked Capitalism

Overcoming Bias

  • Why We Can’t See Grabby Aliens
    In two posts, I recently explained how a simple 3 parameter model of grabby aliens can explain our apparent early arrival in the universe, via a selection effect: we might give rise to a grabby civ, but that had to happen before … Continue readin…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Jan 21, 4:10pm -
  • Try-Menu-Combo Filter Steps

    - 20 days ago, 3 Jan 21, 4:00pm -
  • Long Views Are Competitive
    (I thought I’d said this somewhere before, but this is closest I’ve found.) In all human decisions, we face two main issues: A) What do we want? B) What must we accommodate? When we are rich and our universe is … Continue reading →
    - 29 days ago, 25 Dec 20, 4:30pm -
  • The Long Term Future of History

    - 31 days ago, 23 Dec 20, 3:00pm -
  • How Far To Grabby Aliens? Part 2.
    In my last post, I recommended these assumptions: It is worth knowing how far to grabby alien civs (GCs), even if that doesn’t tell about other alien types. Try-try parts of the great filter alone make it unlikely for any … Continue reading →
    - 32 days ago, 22 Dec 20, 3:15am -
  • How Far To Grabby Aliens? Part 1.
    Many have tried to estimate how far away are aliens. For example, some apply the Drake equation, which is the product of 7 parameters, some of which can vary over quite wide ranges. Resulting estimates tend to be quite uncertain … Continue reading…
    - 33 days ago, 21 Dec 20, 8:30pm -
  • Re Privacy Wars, Sue For Peace
    Imagine: your relative is a celebrity, currently the focus of a media scandal. You and other relatives are talking together, strategizing. Reporters are asking for interviews, and digging into your world, probably via both legal and illegal means. Wh…
    - 38 days ago, 16 Dec 20, 6:35pm -
  • Reliable Private-Enough Physical Identity
    “Your papers, please” (or “Papers, please”) is an expression or trope associated with police state functionaries, allegedly popularized in Hollywood movies featuring Nazi Party officials demanding identification from citizens during random st…
    - 40 days ago, 14 Dec 20, 11:10pm -
  • Social Proof, But of What?
    People tend to (say they) believe what they expect that others around them will soon (say they) believe. Why? Two obvious theories: A) What others say they believe embodies info about reality, B) Key audiences respect us more when we … Continue rea…
    - 41 days ago, 13 Dec 20, 2:30am -
  • If Aliens Are Near
    Most of us have core beliefs about which we feel pretty confident, but to which we get emotionally attached. One useful exercise to help overcome such attachment is to think explicitly about how you would change other beliefs if you … Continue read…
    - 46 days ago, 8 Dec 20, 7:30pm -

Information Arbitrage

  • Recycling: The challenge and the opportunity for a Seed stage VC
    My recent post gave rise to a host of questions around the issue of recycling. What does it mean? How do you do it? And what are the implications for venture investors? I attempted to respond in a Tweetstorm, but recycling is a complicated issue that…
    - 5 Oct 16, 8:48pm -
  • The TTD Investment and the IA Ventures Model
    A Little HistoryIA Ventures began life a little less than seven years ago, just as the world was coming out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The term “Micro VC” had yet to be coined. “Big Data” was still somewhat myste…
    - 29 Sep 16, 1:25am -
  • Welcoming John to IA
    Brad, Jesse and I are happy to announce that our friend and colleague, John Hadl, is joining IA Ventures as Venture Partner, effective immediately. We have personally gotten to know John over the past four years due to our shared investment in PlaceI…
    - 12 Mar 15, 8:29pm -
  • Crowdfunding for start-ups: A durable trend or a bull market phenomenon?
    Angel investing is red hot as is the concept of crowdfunding start up investment. Part of this phenomenon has been driven by the emergence of AngelList, the brainchild of Naval Ravikant. What started out as a way for a curated set of angels to inves…
    - 23 Nov 14, 10:44pm -
  • Financial interaction: the next generation
    I have spent over 25 years creating, processing and analyzing financial transactions. I like studying them - a lot - whether an outgrowth of my time on Wall Street helping sophisticated entities manage risks, or through IA Ventures’ investments in…
    - 25 Feb 14, 10:43pm -
  • IA Ventures: Reflections on 2013
    2013 was a very different kind of year for IA Ventures. While the years 2010-12 were characterized by 8-10 new investments per year, in 2013 we invested in only three new companies: Data Robot; Digital Ocean (DO) and Sight Machine (SM). Digital Ocean…
    - 3 Jan 14, 8:28pm -
  • “If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it. If you give...
    “If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it. If you give up drinking, don’t go moaning about it; go back on the bottle. Do. As. Thou. Wilt." - The late Peter O'Toole
    - 16 Dec 13, 1:05pm -
  • Venture Capital and "Innovation"
    Many have recently been critical of the role of the venture industry in financing “true innovation.” The narrative goes something like this: “VCs are like lemmings, flocking to the latest consumer wave (mobile chat, ride-sharing, etc.) in searc…
    - 16 Dec 13, 2:41am -
  • Evidence is mounting that people at the bottom are increasingly stuck without skills or pathways to...
    Evidence is mounting that people at the bottom are increasingly stuck without skills or pathways to rise. Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston shows that in the 1980s, 21 percent of Americans in the bottom income quintile would rise to…
    - 15 Dec 13, 1:51pm -
  • Soft is the new Hard
    I live in a world where engineering and technical talent is valued above all others, where the Holy Grail is a “coding ninja” who can crank out oodles of elegant code at a breakneck pace. These people speak a language that is distinct and only un…
    - 14 Nov 13, 4:32am -