Silicon Valley Conglomerates? Really…Really?

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“A lot of Silicon Valley firms — Amazon, Google, Facebook — they really are conglomerates. And yet at some level you can see what the coherence is. Industrial conglomerates don’t have any advantage in applying its technology to a bunch of different industries. What’s different is the information technology gives you an advantage.” — Professor Jerry Davis, University of Michigan Ross School of Business in an interview with the Axios about the end of industrial conglomerates.

From my perspective they are BFCs. BFC stands for Big F***ing Company is appropriate description than a conglomerate. They have one core business which has tentacles. A conglomerate has many disparate businesses. Jokes aside we xan call these Big Data Corporations, a more appropriate and 21st century replacement for MNC aka Multi National Corporations.

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Chris Michel & Our Need for Constant Reinvention

Last night, the Long Now folks hosted a talk with my dear friend Chris Michel, a photographer who has immense empathy and appreciation for nature. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that he has been the single most positive influence on my photography. He is my visual sensei. And while I had seen many of his photos over the years, I was moved by his visual diaries from the edge of the planet — whether it was the poles, north, and south, or the edge of our atmosphere.