Engineers, programmers, and a bevy of talented people are drawn to diverse, dynamic cities like Austin, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. That helps turn those those cities into tech hubs as startups beget other startups and the ecosystem (venture capital, legal, marketing, etc...) fills in around it.
Anyone interested in politics and not living under a rock (or without WiFi) knows that the first seminal tell-all, insider account of the 2016 presidential elections is now available for download or purchase. Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign is a blow-by-blow account of the failed Clinton campaign, chronicling every misstep, bad decision, and fatal flaw that ultimately led to the election of Donald Trump.
For those of you who no longer shop at Ikea, today is 4/20, a very special day in the world of cannabis. On 4/20, we celebrate the existence, product, development and culture of marijuana. It's kind of a counter-cultural holiday, like Devil's Night in Detroit, but with less fire and looting.
Phil Jackson fancies himself a flower child of the 60s. The nickname (The Zen Master), the meditation retreats, the house in Woodstock, and the history of LSD use all help craft the impression that Phil is about peace, love, evolution and understanding.
"If they cut taxes, pass a massive infrastructure bill and avoid a ground war, he probably gets re-elected-just like most presidents do. Or, the investigations could find that he conspired with the Russians. That would lead to impeachment, imprisonment, and, at least technically, treason can be punished by death.
Monday's lead editorial in the New York Times about the perils of the sharing economy was no different from usual. It echoes the rhetoric we hear regularly on college campuses - to the point where students in exceptionally privileged environments like Middlebury College now physically prevent outside speakers who don't share their (progressive) views.
Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Speculation over a White House staff shakeup is sending tremors throughout Washington. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is reportedly on the chopping block, while Senior Advisor Steve Bannon--who was removed from the National Security Council earlier last week--is battling with Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, who is consolidating power and influence.
Something feels off. It has for a while now. People feel unsettled, uneasy and unsure of what's next. We see it in our day to day lives, and we've seen it globally with Brexit, Donald Trump and the upcoming election in France. Is it because people feel unsafe?
It was always an awkward conversation. As a New York City transplant to Chicago (for about six years), Chicagoans would invariably raise "The New York-Chicago rivalry" with me.
It's clear that President Trump watches a lot of tv. And it's clear he believes just about anything he hears on Fox News (which also helps explain why he connected so well with his supporters last year).
The most extraordinary moment of this year's Oscars wasn't when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway awarded Best Picture to the wrong movie. It occurred earlier in the broadcast when The New York Times ran an advertisement directly taking on Donald Trump and his relentless attacks on the media.
My firm fell into venture somewhat recently. Even though we started working with, and taking equity in, Uber during its Series A, we also started working with, and taking equity in, several dozen startups over the last 18 months and have only deployed capital four times. We're still relatively new to this world.
Immigration bans. Border taxes. ACA repeal. North Korea. Russian interference in elections. Yes, these are all important issues, regardless of where you stand on each of them. But Jesus f*cking Christ. The constant, nonstop fighting, wailing and screeching over each of them makes me want to lose my mind.
When I was 29, I was named Deputy Governor of Illinois. The job meant overseeing the budget, operations, legislation, policy and communications of the fifth largest state in the nation. I was totally unqualified. I also didn't know the terrain (other than going to law school in Chicago, I had no connection to Illinois).
No matter what your politics are, we can all agree that we're now living in one of the most tumultuous and emotional periods in modern political history. Add in a deafening eco-chamber on Twitter, a relentless and highly energized media, and advocates of every stripe now having a digital megaphone in their pocket, and it's not surprising that so many CEOs are anxious about dealing with this new political climate.
Many have wondered about what's really going on behind the scenes at the White House and the types of conversations that the public is not exposed to. Since we likely won't be gaining access to those conversations anytime soon, here is a theoretical conversation between Donald Trump and Steve Bannon for your entertainment.
You're in your 40s. You've got a spouse. Kids. Friends that you've accumulated over the last several decades. Current colleagues. Former colleagues. Current employees. Former employees. You've had some luck in business, which means you now have resources, relationships, advice that people want. But you don't have the time or emotional bandwidth to accommodate everyone.