Faroe Islands Bound

I have dreamed of visiting far-off places – lands where people are few, skies are big and quiet is infinite. I don’t seek monuments, when I travel. I look for being lost – in streets, on trails and in my thoughts. It is what drew me to Iceland. That took me to Tuscany. And now I am going to take a week look break in Faroe Islands. According to Wikipedia: Faroe Islands an island country consisting of an archipelago of small islands between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland, 320 kilometres (200 miles) north-northwest…

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Let’s Stop All This Chicken McNugget Reporting

Compared to the political press, the technology media is a rank amateur. That’s what I kept thinking as I read this New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. The piece reveals how adept the establishment is at gaming social media and the write-post-click genre of media. Remember the movie Wag the Dog? Well, this is that, except on amphetamines! At least in tech we still have people writing pieces like Buzzfeed’s takedown of Zenefits and its shocking and fascinating insider view of Palantir. Yet the article is a great reflection on…

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Must-see TV: My Top 3 Picks

Marseille, Netflix’s latest series, is making waves: Some love it, some not so much. I am in the not-so-much camp. I found the series to be shallow, and I lost interest by the third episode. It is mediocre enough to skip, if you ask me. Instead, if you are looking to spend your time watching whodunit shows, especially made with a decidedly non-American sensibility, I can recommend three series that are stunning, haunting and captivating. Hinterland (Seasons 1 and 2) is quite an amazing show. It is the English-language version of the Celtic noir police detective drama series Y Gwyll. (Hinterland, by the…

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7 Stories to read this weekend (05.08.2016)

I didn’t have much time to read during the week and ended up staying home yesterday and finishing the list of saved articles in my Pocket account. Here are seven that are worth reading: CRISPR’s Quiet Revolutionary: A great profile of Emmanuelle Charpentier, a co-discoverer of CRISPR, one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of our time. [Nature] World’s most expensive medicine is a bust: Here is why. [MIT Technology Review] America’s Oxycontin Epidemic: Probably, one of the best series’ you are going to read on this topic. Kudos to the reporters who worked on this story. [Los Angeles Times] What was…

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Capital with a purpose

Earlier this evening, my partner and co-founder of True Ventures, Jon Callaghan, gave a keynote speech as the outgoing chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), highlighting the virtues of the venture capital industry and its role in the larger economic well being of society. Too often, technology and venture capital have been defined by the glare on the companies and investors based in Silicon Valley. Monster egos, big money, bigger jets, pointless social media banter— such narratives are popular these days. But there is another lens through which to look at the venture industry, which Jon (or as…

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