Hard Things

4 thoughts on “Hard Things”

  1. Pointing out, politically – traditional American conservatives didn’t mind building strength focused on the middle ground without limiting the range of those who seek the edge. Now, those who abuse the classification only look backwards to myths of a golden past, work to delay or halt trends embraced by the whole nation, shield their eyes from moon or sunlight with an umbrella of fear.

    You can’t even grow grass with that ideology.

    1. I think it is not just political — it is all across the spectrum of society, including folks in media who just play for the middle and do middling stuff.

  2. There are subtle but important differences between the approaches used by scientists and engineers. Industry – and that includes most VCs – are uncomfortable with the risks of science. There were mechanisms like Bell Labs that have worked in the past, but are not economically viable now. There are still pieces here and there and perhaps more will be assembled as time goes on. In the meantime I only hope that the funding for fundamental research is not cut any more as it has given enormous longterm payoffs even if you don’t know what they are ahead of time.

    1. Amen to that. I think the VC time horizon is limited by fund life and as a result there is a sense of urgency. And yet, there can be a middle ground. I do agree as a society we need to invest in fundamental research and that is precisely what we should be doing. I don’t think our current political infrastructure is thinking about the long term benefits.

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