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Learning to value what happens between the nodes
Learning to value what happens between the nodes

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Quite possibly one of the BEST short Sci-Fi movies you will ever see!

As much as I hate to admit it, in terms of quality engagement, it really feels like G+ is getting worse and Facebook is getting better. +Gideon Rosenblatt what to you think?

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This.  This!  This is a really, really good thing. 

"The law, which the city said “strengthens provisions of the City’s Human Right Law,” allows employers to conduct a criminal background check only after they make a conditional job offer to a prospective employee. "

Curious if others agree with me that this is brilliant!

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Very good discussion of the impact (good and bad) of the new breed of companies. The term "platform" is used but it seems to mean something totally different than "Salesforce.com is a platform".  In this case it means something more like an "engine".  these are those businesses once inappropriately called the "sharing economy" now occasionally called "the collaborative economy". Issues discussed here are the disruptive nature of these companies to established companies but also the disruption to workers and the potential evolution of "employment security".  A really good read.

"Society is undergoing tremendous change right now — the sharing and collaboration practices of the Internet are extending to transportation (Uber), hotels (Airbnb), financing (Kickstarter, Lending Club) and music services (Spotify). The rise of the collaborative economy, of which the Open Source community is a part, should be a powerful message for the business community. "

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Two articles that make me crazy:

Social enterprises must not prioritise social aims over viability
http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2014/feb/17/social-enterprises-must-prioritise-viability

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Does Divestment Work
http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/does-divestment-work

Both of these articles totally miss the boat. Let me begin my argument with a wonderful Peter Drucker quote:

"No financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real. Money is an end result."

In both of these articles they forget completely about the shoes - which in this case is a world improved in a very specific way. These articles are both condescending and ignorant. Of course profit and return are important.  Yes, profit and return keep-the-lights-on. However, the reason the lights are on is to make a better world so exceptionally talented entrepreneurs and activists manage their impact across a spectrum trade offs. 

Ultimately the real mistake both of these articles make is to take an amoral posture. The value that is created by the work is not in competition with money, no, it defines the purpose of the money. Their is no amoral position and these articles never take in to account the value of the work - of the successful transition of intent to product to outcome. That is just ignorant.

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"Meanwhile investors, particularly the big endowments and large public pension funds that tend to lead opinion in the rest of the fund management industry, are cooling on public markets, and looking instead to private equity"

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